Fall has… fallen! Especially up in the northernest-easternest parts of Pennsylvania, where the Maple City Century happened last weekend. The word on the street amongst the gravel/ultra-cx crowd is that this ride is one of the hardest courses brought forth in the northeast, with unrelenting crunchy climbs and a dastardly rocky-and-loose section along the Delaware River. I would say it is mostly self-supported, as riders experiencing mechanical trouble would face a long walk up to higher elevations to get reception. The sag-wagon would be back there somewhere, though, too. I got to see most of the 100-Miler course, and although I tried to catch up with the metric century and 30-Milers, the courses were pretty spread out over the gorgeous rural landscapes – and capturing those backdrops were my main objective for being up there this time around. The ride started and ended in Honsdale, PA, with big plates of pasta, italian sausage, and Irving Cliff beer was waiting. Final thoughts: Were the 700×25 tires on a road bike a good choice? Maybe, maybe not. You’ll have to ask Peter.
Here is a link to the Download and Print Order Site for the 2016 Maple City Century.