Summit Cycling Club

Giro Classico dei Pretendenti

  • 24 Nov 2010
  • 28 Nov 2010
  • South Jersey & Pennsylvania
Giro Classico dei Pretendenti  

Dear Pretenders,

Tour Update...

Depending on which weather service you want to believe, we may or may not be riding on Thursday and Friday.  I will send out another update Wed night but the bottom line is, if it is raining, sleep in.  I will not send out any cancellation notices the morning of the rides.  Email me if you are unsure.

Wednesday.  Since Thursday and/or Friday are questionable, I plan on being at Cooper River by around 2:30 to get in a few more miles.  Forecast is for good temps but windy. Come out early and join me if you can.  Will still gather at 3:30 at the parking lot.

Thursday.  Likely sleeping in but if we get lucky, the rain will hold off until late morning and we may get a short ride in.  I will have a 40+/- mi route without a stop ready should we need to get back earlier.

Friday.  One weather service calls for rain ending at 8:00 am Friday morning then reasonably nice the remainder of the day.  If that forecast holds, we will push the start back accordingly.  Will make that decision Thursday PM. Note:  Heather will have the Fitness Zone Studio open before and after the ride with restrooms available - please don't torment her customers!

Saturday.  Looks like a great day, cool and windy but this is November after all and the route is generally protected after we get off West River Drive.

Sunday.  Too early to trust the forecasts but looks like it will be another great day to ride in NJ. 

Please forward this to any non-Summit member that you know of who is planning on riding with us.



Spread the word!  Its the The Pretender's Tour  -- the annual classic end-of-season challenge of five rides over five consecutive days over the extended Thanksgiving Day weekend.  Already loosing fitness?  Then this is the perfect kickstart to your off season training program.   Again this year, weather permitting, we will transfer out of the state for one mountain stage in the hills west of Philadelphia.  Otherwise we will generally stick to our favorite South Jersey roads with a few twists to keep things interesting.  Pace will typically be 18-22 mph with a few breakaways and we will regroup as necessary.  You need not ride all 5 days to participate.

Questions:  Bill Cline
Pretender's Tour Prologue
Wednesday November 24
3:30 PM
20+/- miles
Cooper River Park North side. 
As many laps as possible before dark. 
Meet: Parking lot west of the cinder track. North Park Drive, Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, NJ.  
Pretender's Tour Stage 1
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25
8:30 AM
50 +/- miles
Southern loop -- Cherry Hill, Waterford, Tabernacle, Vincentown, Marlton, Cherry Hill.  One short stop.  Home in time to carve the bird  
Meet: Cherry Hill High School, Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ.
Pretender's Tour Stage 2
Friday November 26
8:30 AM
50 +/- miles
Central loop -- Medford, Sooy Place, Pemberton, Jobstown, Mt. Holly, Medford.  One short stop. 
Meet: THE FITNESS ZONE, 2. South Main St., Medford, NJ.
Pretender's Tour Stage 3
Saturday November 27
9:00 AM
40 +/- miles
Mountain stage -- Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, Gladwyne, Conshohoken, Manyunk, Philadelphia.  Eight great climbs of .5 - 1.5 miles in length at grades of 6% to19% plus the optional Manyunk Wall.  We will regroup after each climb.  One short stop.
Meet:  Italian Fountain behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. 
Pretender's Tour Stage 4
Sunday November 28
8:30 AM
50 +/- miles
Northern loop -- Moorestown, Columbus, Arneys Mt, Vincentown, Lumberton, Moorestown.  Beautiful new roads with some rollers to keep you honest.  One short stop.
Meet: Costco Parking Lot, 100 Centerton Rd, Mt. Laurel, NJ (Centerton Square shopping center east of Moorestown.  Same start location as the regular Sunday ride.) 
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