More About The Snallygaster 200
The Snallygaster 200
103 Town Park Ln, Oakland, MD 21550
Event by The Tiny Corner Bike Shop
103 Town Park Ln, Oakland, MD
Meet the Snallygaster 200! Coming September 17th, 2022, this will be the first ever ultra-distance bikepacking race/gravel route in western Maryland and Preston County. Registration is here, just fill out the questionnaire: Click for Details
And just what is a Snallygaster, you ask? Well, they're sorta like a modern day pterodactyl, but with nasty big pointy teeth. They're dinosaur adjacent, you might say. Or maybe the Snallygaster is a folk tale that German immigrants in western Maryland created to keep their kids in bed. Either way, Snallygasters clearly live in remote, beautiful locations around Garrett and Preston Counties where they feast on unsuspecting bikepackers and tasty berries when in season. Word has it that they also love Hammer Gels, though, so maybe just keep a few extras.
In seriousness, this amazing route will go through 4 of the 7 state parks in Garrett County, run the entire length of the Meadow Mtn Trail, scoot around the rim of the Blackwater Canyon, visit countless gorgeous and forgotten dirt/gravel roads in Preston County (Hile Run, Snake Road, Mount Olivet Road, Peddler's Glory) and incredible roads in the north of Garrett County (Blooming Rose Road, for instance). Best of all, there are a ton of towns and gas stations along the way for resupply and plenty of places to camp. Not to mention, you'll always be within an hour of Oakland, so if something goes terribly wrong, getting a ride back to the start won't be a massive pain in the you-know-what.
The stats/fine print:
Total actual distance: 196.1 miles
Total elevation: 22,800 feet of climbing.
Start time: 7 AM on 9/17/2022 at the Oakland Town Lot
Suggested bike: Gravel or mountain bike
Suggested tire size: 700x35 gravel tires or greater
There will also be a shorter, Snallygaster 100 option, too!
Please remember, however, that this ride will be an unsanctioned and self-supported event through remote areas where cell service is often non-existent. And participants will be required to have, or rent, a GPS tracking device to make sure the entire route is followed. Further, outside aid will not be permitted (i.e. your spouse can't meet you every twenty miles and give you food and water.) You're more than welcome to use any publicly available gas stations, restaurants, hotels, etc., as these are available to everyone and fall within the realm of fair play.
Route Files (UPDATED 8/31/22):
Snallygaster 200 Route on Strava: Click for Details
Snallygaster 200 Route on MapMyRide: Click for Details
Snallygaster 200 Route on RideWithGPS: Click for Details
Snallygaster 100 Route on Strava: Click for Details