Roads, Hills, and History
We're back and ready to ride to support Boulder Crest Retreat. We will have four fully supported routes leaving Stable Craft Brewery on Saturday September 11 beginning at 08:30 for the metric-century. Next off will be the 53-mile road route at 08:45 followed by our new Gravel route at 8:55. At 9:05 we'll send off the 26-mile riders. Our goal is to not have large groups starting close together and to also not have large groups at the rest stops for safety. COVID-19 has offered many lessons and one was the success of the virtual ride. So if you can't join us in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for a ride and signup and ride where you are.
2020 was a challenging year for so many so let's make up for it in 2021. The veterans and their families that Boulder Crest Retreat need our support and have grown this past year.
We are offering a few pricing offerings this year. The ride without advance discounts is $60, but if you're willing to raise $100 through Pledgereg you can pay $20 and still receive the great T-shirt and rider package. We hope all riders will create a PledgeReg page and ask their friends and family to donate.
The Metric Century is a lung buster and leg breaker with 3,905 feet of climbing, but some flatter sections near Bridgewater where you will visit VFW Post 8644 for your rest stop. The 53 mile course will be a test for your legs with 3,640 feet of climbing, which will take you to Ridge Road via Springhill, with names like that you get the idea there will be some climbs. The 26-mile course has 1,720 feet of climbing. The courses will be well marked with both signs and paint on the roads. But please download the Ride with GPS maps to follow. See links below. For added support in areas that still have spotty cell service the Valley Amateur Radio Association will at key intersections and travelling the routes to offer SAG support.
The routes offer beautiful views of farms set among the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley. Most of the miles will be on quiet roads with little traffic and rest stops strategically placed. As you return through New Hope the course will pass near to the Piedmont Battle Field where Union Gen. David Hunter and Confederate Gen. William E. "Grumble" Jones fought on June 5, 1864. It began more than a mile northeast when the 12,000-man-strong Federal army, whose mission was to scour the Shenandoah Valley of Confederates and then destroy the rail center at Charlottesville, encountered Jones's combined force of 6,000 infantry and cavalry. The Battle of Piedmont cost the Confederates some 1,600 casualties, and the Federals lost about 875. On June 6, the Confederate supply base at Staunton fell to Hunter's army.
We hope to see you at Stable Craft on September 11, 2021 and enjoy an after ride celebratory beer.
This is an open course. All traffic regulations and laws must be observed. Helmets are required and must be worn for the entire length of the tour. All riders must ride to the right side of the road at all times. Roads will be open to vehicle traffic. This is not a race. The rides will take place rain or shine. No refunds.