Roads, Hills, and History
Stay the night
at Stable Craft
The fourth year of the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes is Saturday, September 12, 2020 and again the start and finish will be at Stable Craft Brewery outside of Waynesboro, VA. This site offers a wonderful jumping off spot onto beautiful rolling roads with farms dotting the landscape.
COVID-19 has caused us to use the K.I.S.S. method for this year's event to reduce personal contact and increase social distancing for rider and volunteer safety. We ask that everyone wear masks while not riding and practice social distancing of six feet. Please carry the mask to use at rest stops. During the ride please keep in mind to social distance from non-household members. On a bike this requires five to ten yards do to the speeds, not just six feet when standing still. Should the virus begin to increase and guidelines regarding events change, we could possibly have to cancel the event. If this occurs we ask you to consider making your entry fee a donation to Boulder Crest, but we will offer refunds.
With this is mind, we have reduced the number of routes to two, 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, three rest stops will help you along the way. The 27-mile course has 1,720 feet of climbing and will offer two rest stops.
On Friday before the ride we will hold registration at Stable Craft from 4:00pm until 6:00pm and open again Saturday morning from 7:00 until 8:30 a.m. We’ll have coffee on hand but fuel up before you arrive. There will not be an open ceremony. We ask you to roll-off after registering. We ask that you leave before 09:00 a.m.
The courses begin and end on the same roads. Members of the Valley Amateur Radio Association (VARA) will be stationed along the course to assist riders and provide support or SAG services. This year the courses will be marked with color coded road arrows and sign arrows at intersections. Follow yellow arrows for the 53 miles course and blue for the 27-mile courses. You can download the routes via Ride with GPS. We will only have one SAG van this year. We ask that you wear your mask, sit in the back of the van and place your bike in a middle seat. This will allow for social distancing to protect you and the driver.
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.
The Rest stops:
The Augusta Stone Presbyterian Church, formed in 1740 and the first church was finished in 1749. Meet Revolutionary War reenactors who can share stories and demonstrate life during our war for freedom. This rest stop serves all three routes. Note, you will cross route 11 and enter via a gate into the cemetery where Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers lay.
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church is the fourth rest stop for the metric and the second for the 44-mile route. Checkout the collection of hand-carved aircraft that Post 10826 Commander Gene Chavis who served in Vietnam in the Air Force has accumulated.
The last rest stop for all riders is hosted by the New Hope United Methodist Church.
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.