Looking at doing a 24 mile “bi-shore” ride this Tuesday the 26th starting at 9:30am at the Paxtang trail head of the Capital Area Greenbelt. This will be a “clockwise” ride, using the CAG to get us to the Market St bridge where we will dash over to the “other” shore and spend 11 miles touring the west coast (I hear its really nice this time of year). First planned stop will be the Sheetz at Erford & Poplar Church (~8.8 miles). Oyster Mill Rd & Magaro Rd will be used to take us by Adams-Ricci Park before heading south on Rt 15 and a return to the east shore via the Harvey Taylor Bridge. Continuing with the clockwise direction, up river will be the direction until turning right onto Maclay. 2nd planned stop will be the Sunoco at 2nd & Maclay (~18.3 miles). Small detour through the State Hospital grounds before resuming on the CAG and returning back to the Paxtang trail head.
Ridewithgps reflects 1,472’ of gain, however, I’m expecting it to be closer to 1,650’. Big climbs are up to Negley Park from the river (1.5 mi @ 2.3% avg, 6.5% max); Fairview & Country Club shortly after leaving Sheetz (~.75 mi @ 2.2% avg, 8.1% max); Magro Rd climb past the Conodoguinet Creek (~.6 mi @ 4.3% avg, 9.8% max); Margo Rd & Creekside to State St/Rt 15 (~.5 mi @ 4.4% avg, 8.6% max). There is also some climbing inside the State Hospital grounds. Final and most sustained climbing is leaving the hospital grounds on the CAG until getting to the east side of Reservoir Park (2 mi @ 2% avg, 7% max).
Advertising this as a C pace ride with the hopes to average 12 to 12.5 mph, however, being more of an urban ride, it may come in closer to 10.5 to 10.75.
Start/Stop Location: Paxtang Trailhead of The Capital Area Greenbelt (behind City Line Diner, 3302 Derry St, Harrisburg, PA 17111).
Start Time: 9:30 AM
Distance: 24.4 miles
Pace: C pace (11-13 MPH, faster on decent, slower on climbs) – NO RIDER DROPPED!
Elevation Gain: 1,472’
Ride Leader: Bob Gilliland
Ride Link: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29372643