Roads, Hills, and History
More ride options for 2021
We're back bigger and better, riding to support Boulder Crest Retreat. We will have four fully supported routes leaving Stable Craft Brewing on Saturday, September 11, 2021. The rides will begin at 08:30a.m. with a small ceremony and sendoff. Last year’s virtual ride due to COVID-19 restrictions so successful that we are incorporating it into our regular offerings. So if you can't join us in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley for a ride, register and ride where you are.
We are offering several pricing options this year, with a graduated fee schedule and a special fundraiser discount. The early registration fee is $50 and is in effect through July 4th. The regular registration is $55 in effect from July 5th-August 19th. Starting August 20th, the fee becomes $60. If you are willing to raise a minimum of $100 for the ride through PledgeReg, you can sign up for the fundraiser discount of $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 be 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 through 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 Staunton, 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.