Aldie, VA's population peaked right around 1820. More than half the population were enslaved workers. 132 counted in the census. A good deal is known about the battles fought there and the 5th President James Monroe who had a private residence there. We don't know much about those who labored while enslaved and helped put little Aldie on the map. This 40 mile route is a tribute to them and begins at the historic mill in Aldie and features incredible scenery, twists & turns, rolling hills and very little car traffic. 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.
Distance: 40 miles
Climbing: 2497 feet
Terrain: 100% paved, rolling
Pace: 12-16 mph
Difficulty Rating: 3 of 5, Moderate. (Read our ride difficulty rating guide for more on this)
The day at a glance: We'll meet you at 8:30 a.m. just off Dupont Circle in NW DC. We load up our big blue wagon with bikes and peeps and leave the city for the ride's starting point. 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, and hop back in the wagon for the return to DC around 5:30 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.
All of our meals are friendly to vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-sensitive riders. Once you reserve your spot on the ride, we'll follow up with you regarding food allergies or restrictions.
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