The Mid-Atlantic is hosting a day of endurance and ultra-endurance cycling for charity on May 20, with the second running of the Maryland Endurance Challenge starting at Emmitsburg, Maryland, which is located on Route 15 near Gettysburg, PA, and not far from Frederick, MD, as well.
This event is to raise funds for SHIP, a registered charity that helps homeless schoolkids.
The options include 3- and 6-hour events (i.e. how many miles can you complete in 3 or 6 hours), and a 12-hour event recognized by the world World UltraCycling Cycling Association (WUCA) as the American National 12-Hour Championship Road Race.
The organizers are expecting a good turnout, which will include many of the country’s elite ultra-distance athletes. Weekend warriors can also find a challenge in the two shorter events, and many members of regional randonneuring clubs will be doing events at rando pace.
This is not a USA Cycling race, and is not a randonneur event. Drafting is legal and there are food stops, mechanical help, and SAG services. Riders will complete some combination of 34 and 7 mile loops, with a timing chip recognized at the end of each loop. The 12-hour event starts at 8 am, and the other events start later in the day to coordinate finishing times and post ride awards, door prizes and such. It’s on quiet country roads that meander through north Frederick County.
The course itself is a major attraction, as it promises several covered bridges and a host of beautiful roads, including one that is billed as ‘one of the prettiest lanes in the country.’ Frederick County, MD, is known for its great riding just an hour or two from metropolitan Washington DC, and Baltimore.
The event involves an entry fee, but no fund raising, although donations to SHIP are encouraged. It starts and ends at Mount St. Mary’s University in Frederick County.
Mark Hallinger is a 35+ year cyclist who has raced road, track, crits, cross, a bit of mountain bike, and even his Brompton. He’s also a commuter, randonneur, mechanic, cycling advocate, and vintage collector. He blogs at redbrickbikes.com