It's our 40-mile Aldie loop with an optional 5-mile gravel detour and the added bonus of foliage-laden roads and mountains. The 45 mile route features incredible scenery, twists & turns, rolling hills, and very little car traffic. The optional gravel section will bring extra thrills and allow riders without prior experience on gravel roads to sample what we've been raving about since last year.
It's a friendly no-drop ride averaging a 15 mph pace that should be enough to give you a good workout and allow you to enjoy the sights.
When: Sunday, July 9, 2017, 8 a.m. - (about) 5 p.m.
Distance: 45 miles
Climbing: 2497 feet
Terrain: 90% paved, 10% gravel, 100% rolling
Pace: 12-16 mph
Difficulty Rating: 4 of 5, Moderate. (Read our ride difficulty rating guide for more on this)
The day at a glance: We'll meet around 8 a.m. just off Dupont Circle in NW DC. We load up our big blue wagon with bikes and peeps and leave the city. We'll start the ride at the Aldie Mill, ride together, and end back at the Mill, where we'll load the wagon and head to a private horse farm nearby, where our meal awaits. We'll re-fuel, relax, say hi to the horses, play with the friendly barn pets, and hop back in the wagon for the return to DC around 5 p.m.
Your bike or ours? If you're an avid cyclist with a well maintained road bike, simply ride it to our pick up spot. If you don't have your own or it's not in the nicest condition and would like to reserve one of ours, select the right size for you from this page and add to your cart. If you have any questions about sizing, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IS THIS RIDE FOR ME?
This ride is for you if:
- You ride very frequently and about 50-75 miles per week.
- You've recently completed at least a 30 mile ride before on a road bike.
- You feel comfortable on rural roads with light car traffic.
If you're interested but unsure, we'd be happy to talk it through with you and make sure you sign up for the best ride for your level. Email us at email@example.com.
We'll start at Aldie Mill, ride Snickersville Turnpike a loop, cross route 50, and head to the plains for a brief stop at Haymarket Bicycles/Happy Creek Coffee before riding through wooded areas on our way back to Aldie. We'll take in a perfect hilltop view from a secluded horse farm while we celebrate the miles we rode over a great shared meal, and then head back to DC.
Every ride's menu is a little different, based on season, local availability, and what’s inspiring us right now. All of our meals are friendly to vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-sensitive riders—we'll be following up with you individually regarding any food allergies or restrictions.
yogurt-garlic sauce with dill
A great meal starts with quality ingredients, so this menu is subject to change based on market availability.
We know. Life happens. We gave a lot of thought on how we can help you deal with that and still have you ride with us! Be sure to check it out.