PA Ramble: A Taste of Things to Come…


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking a drive up to State College to test-drive the course of the legendary PA Ramble. The Ramble’s a ride created by Ridelugged’s James and his buddies from grad school at PSU. The goal was simple: create an epic ride including as many dirt roads and climbs as possible. The results speak for themselves via the photos I’ve included here. In fact, I couldn’t even finish the ride—the final third was completely snowbound.

If we aren’t lucky enough to be selected for Rapha’s Continental Calling project, James and I are hoping to run the Ramble sometime later this summer (to give the surfaces a chance to settle down). In April we’re hoping to head-up for some extended reconnaissance. You’re welcome to join us.

About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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