Crush the Commonwealth – Letter of Intent

I always do better when I put pressure on myself by telling others of my intent.

With that being said, at 5a on April 24th, 2020 – I will be toeing the line at the Liberty Bell for the 2020 Crush the Commonwealth. With the rides and races that are on my list, this event is going to be a great opportunity to build mental toughness, skills, and experience for longer events.

Crush the Commonwealth?
For those who do not know what Crush the Commonwealth is, it is a self-supported 380~ish mile ride that primarily follows Pennsylvania Bike Route S Running from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh. It uses a couple other trails to help connect them together, including the Pike 2 Bike trail which cuts out some miles and elevation by riding on what has been described as “post apocalyptic America” and “one of the weirdest places I have ever ridden my bike for fear of zombies coming out of the woods…”

Image Source: SingleTracks.com
Given my fear of zombies, this section makes me nervous…

The starting line alternates from year to year, starting in Philly in even years and Pittsburgh in odd years. The event follows the normal bikepack racing ethos of no outside support (see #4), but I really like the way the event page clearly summarizes the things in Rule #2:

This is a ride in the key of “No.” No registration. No entry fee. No prizes. No support.

Crush the Commonwealth – Rules

The route is no joke with almost 20,000 feet of vertical over the 380 miles, but from the research I have been doing (which will come in a future post) it seems pretty well covered if you can find your calories and beverages In Sheetz.

Have you done the event? How did it go? Any advice?

Comments (2):

  1. Darin Stine

    February 27, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve done it both directions (2018 and 2019). It’s fun, and tough…and sometimes freezing, and rainy. Eat enough, drink enough, and have fun.


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