Finishers Medal

WNY Waterfalls 1,200km/1,000km Brevet

July 14-18, 2021



Niagara Falls Control


A "busy" road on loop 2


Taughannock Falls Control.     Look for the people near the base of the falls. (Click on photos to enlarge)


Due to the continued closure of the US/Canadian border, the LOL 1,000/1,200k brevet has been cancelled for 2021.

In its place, I have stood up a new 1,000/1,200k event that is entirely in New York State, Western NY Waterfalls. The ride is RUSA/ACP/RM sanctioned for full credit for all awards.

Although this is a new route, it is mostly composed of existing brevets, and sections of existing brevets. As of 6/5/2021 more than half of the new sections have been ridden twice this spring. The remaining 60 miles of new route will be test ridden shortly, and a pre-ride of the entire route will be conducted the week before the brevet. Although the 1,000/1,200k event is being stood up quickly, the routes are tried and true.

The route is arranged as a cloverleaf with Webster/Ontario, NY at the center, and is a brief tour of Western NY state and its Finger Lakes region.
The route is designed to pass the suggested motels in Webster, NY at the start and at approximately 240 miles, 441 miles and 600 miles (0, 385km, 710km and 965km). These are all in the town of Webster, NY, which will be an open control to allow personal support at any of the motels.

The route:
Loop 1: 385km - Webster to Niagara Falls and back. A very mild 400k, with Niagara Falls at the center.
Loop 2: 325km - An exploration of the Finger Lakes version of New York. Exploring several more waterfalls, Taughanock Falls, Hector Falls, Watkins Glen, Shequaga Falls and the Finger Lakes between them. This route also passes through Amish country, and you may be passed by a horse and buggy. This is a more challenging route and has several long climbs.
Loop 3: 290km - This loop goes east as near as possible along the lake Ontario shore to Oswego, NY, then turns inland to return to motel row. Continuing the waterfall theme, it passes Wolcott Falls. Although this section has a fair amount of climb, it is mostly mild rollers with no steep "knee busters".
Loop 4: 200km - A very mild 200km ride mostly on quiet side roads. This route picks up Phelps Falls and visits the Women's Rights national historical park in Seneca Falls, NY. This is a very mild route that I often ride during the winter when I can barely get a leg over the top tube.

Although we think of these as "loops" they are all part of one 1,200k route, and must be ridden in order, with one overall time limit.

Ride With GPS Link

The current draft route, as of June 17, 2021 is at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36449063
Please note this link will change as the route evolves!
Check back here for the current link!
This route is what has been submitted to the RUSA routes committee for approval. Other than adding more POIs and very minor route corrections, this should be what you'll be riding.
The RWGPS route will change as we adjust the route to take advantage of services, potential overnight stops and more pleasant roads.

Bag drop - As the route is a cloverleaf passing the motels periodically, there will be no bag drop.

There is light support planned. There will be at least one vehicle on the road. We'll be carrying common repair parts, tools snacks, water, etc. Parts will be available at cost. As our goal is to have as many finishers as possible, the support vehicle will be concentrating on those at the rear of the group.
Riders are expected to make their own arrangements for overnight lodging, meals, etc.
As we expect many riders will be leaving their motels during hours when all restaurants are closed, except for the start, we will have a quick breakfast available at the Ontario control. This control will be approximately 9 miles after the Webster control on all loops, except the start.

NOTE: If you are interested in riding this brevet, please contact the RBA!

Please put "WNY Waterfall 1,000/1,200k" someplace in the message subject so it will stand out.
If you don't hear back from me within a few days, please hit me again! Like most of us, I do have a day job, and occasionally get buried in e-mail.

2021 will be the inaugural running of this event, and there will be a rider cap. As of June 6, 2021, there are approximately 20 spaces left.
There will also be a 1,000k option. This will be the first 1,000k of the 1,200k route. This is designed to be the first three leaves of the "cloverleaf".

Please note that this is an an early morning start.

The current planning is for a 3AM start. This may change +/- 1 hour when the final route has been approved.

Risk of Cancellation

As of June 6, 2021, although things are returning to normal, we are stil in the COVID pandemic. Should there be a flare up, and New York State requires a halt to this sort of event, it will be cancelled. As always, there are other factors beyond our control that could lead to cancellation.

COVID

The Elephant in the Room.
All COVID related restrictions and recommendations, as well as the organizers COVID procedures will be strictly adhered to.
Any violation will be subject to an immediate disqualification on the spot. A signature agreeing to this will be required at the ride start.
Any additional restrictions imposed by the organizer will be available when the ride fee is paid, and are subject to change as the situation changes.

Formal Registration

Formal registration is now open. If you want to register, please go to:
http://www.distancerider.net/RiderInfo/WNYWaterFallRiderInfo.html

1,200k Qualification

LOL ancien, or organizer's discretion based on rider's experience.
The RUSA results database will be checked when you submit a registration. If there are any questions after reviewing that, you'll receive an e-mail asking for more information.
Contact the RBA with any questions about qualification, or alternatives.

Ride fee

The ride fee will be estimated expenses divided among the riders. This will be fixed several weeks before the ride, and will be due at check in.
Current estimate, subject to change is about $100 - $125.
A $50 non-refundable deposit will be required when your application has been approved.

What the fee includes:
Daily light breakfast
T-Shirt
Light support
Finish picnic
Finisher's medal
A good time had by all on an interesting route
As this is a bit of a last minute event, the finishers medals have not been ordered yet, and may not be available at the finish. Should that happen, they will be mailed to the finishers when available.

Rider Cap

There will be a rider cap. As of June 6, 2021, there are approximately 20 spaces left. Should we reach the cap, further registrations will not be accepted

RUSA membership

Due to liability insurance requirements, current RUSA membership is required to participate.
https://rusa.org

Suggested Motels:

These three are located within a block of each other, the start, fast food, restaurants, etc:
Fairfield Inn, 915 Hard Rd, Webster, NY 14580
Holiday Inn Express, 860 Holt Rd, Webster, NY 14580
Hampton Inn Rochester-Webster, 878 Hard Rd, Webster, NY 14580

Not far by car, but a bit of a bike ride off route on a busy road I prefer not to ride on:
Super 8, 2450 Empire Blvd, Webster, NY 14580
I'm told to avoid the Budget Inn in Ontario, and a couple other places near the Super 8 may be pitching a bit to low for comfort.

These brevets are run in the Western/Central New York RUSA region by Finger Lakes Randonneurs. Please contact the RBA for more information.


Last Change:
Creation 6/6/2021