Roads, Hills, and History
Stay the night
at Stable Craft
After much consideration of the risks associated with COVID-19, the planning committee for the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes has changed the ride to a virtual ride/ride on your own format for our fourth year. We are making this change to protect the health and safety of our riders and volunteers we will not hold our ride at Stable Craft. Our team wrestled with this difficult decision over the past few months and the current increase of COVID-19 cases created a very uncertain situation to bring people together from different regions.
Please join our 2020 virtual ride and be part of our continued support of the veterans and their families that Boulder Crest Retreat offers. Boulder Crest, like many nonprofit organizations is facing fundraising challenges in conjunction with a greater need for their programs.
Ride from home or from Stable Craft and share your ride through social media and send us photos and your feelings on why it was important for you to ride. Post them on our Facebook page or email them to so we can share and celebrate your ride with the group.
If you live in The Valley feel free to follow one of our courses from Stable Craft and enjoy a recovery beer afterwards or lunch. Sorry, there will not be any support on the routes due to the virus, but the beautiful rolling countryside is always there. (If you do ride our course, you can stop and refuel at the Royal Farms Mart at Rt 11 and Buttermilk Road.)
With greatest safety 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. The 26-mile course has 1,720 feet of climbing. There is a Royal Farms Mart at mile 39.4 on the long course and on the short course at mile 12. Please download the Ride with GPS maps to follow. There will not be course arrows or road markings placed this year.
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 next year at Stable Craft on September 11, 2021 with three road routes and one gravel ride.
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.