The Fourth Annual

GREENCASTLE GREAT ESCAPE

June 8 - 10, 2018

Come to Greencastle, Pennsylvania the weekend of June 8 - 10 for one, two or three days of cycling in the breathtakingly beautiful Cumberland Valley.  Here you will find a cyclist's paradise with a network of well-maintained, low-traffic roads laid down on a gently rolling landscape of farms, villages and small towns, framed by soft blue mountain backdrops in almost any direction you look.

There are rides for every level of ability and ambition.  Participants can choose from a selection of more than 20 rides, ranging in length from a short 30-mile jog to Mercersburg to a phenomonally scenic century into the heart of Pennsylvania's Appalachian ridge and valley region.  Most of the rides, including the century, can be characterized as gently rolling to rolling, with an occasional hill.

All rides start and end in the north (last) parking lot of Antrim Township Community Park on Grant Shook Road.  The park has water and restrooms.  Start times are 9:30 a.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Rides are leaderless and without SAG support, and participants must sign liability waivers at the start of each ride, just as they would if they were going on a normal BBC weekend ride.

Two evening social functions are planned:  an informal gathering on Friday evening at Brother's Pizza

(next to the Comfort Inn) and a Saturday evening dinner at The John Allison Public House, which has reasonably-priced entrees and a great selection of craft beers on tap.

Lodging is left up to the participants.  The Comfort Inn across from I-81 Exit 3 is recommended.  Each room has a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, television and free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary breakfast is included.  Rates range upward from about $90 per night, depending on when and through which agency you book your room.  The Super 8 on PA 16 just east of Exit 5 offers the same amenities, including a free breakfast, but has smaller rooms and lower rates ($60 to $70 per night).  Finally, for completeness I should mention the Castle Motel (NOT the Castle Green Motel) on US 11 just north of town, which offers a CLEAN room with all the amenities offered by the other two motels, minus the free breakfast, for under $30 per night.  Unfortunately, the Castle Motel has only eight units and is almost always booked up.  There are also plenty of motels just off of I-81 in Hagerstown and Chambersburg, as well as a couple of bed-and-breakfasts in Greencastle.

For more information, contact Phil Manger at phil.manger@gmail.com or 717-643-1575.

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