The Bluemont Connection crew has been riding some of the best gravel roads in the area. We've got a 40-mile route in Loudoun County and it's a real blast. Bring your CX bikes and gravel rigs cause we're gonna be bombing down the descents and powering up the climbs on these roller coasters-like roads. If you don't already know about riding gravel in this area, you'll get to experience what a thrill it can be.
When: Sunday, October 9, 2016, 8:30 a.m. - (about) 4 p.m.
Distance: 40 miles
Climbing: 2497 feet
Terrain: 90% gravel, 10% paved, 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 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 to Middleburg, Va, ride together, and end back at the Milddleburg 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, take a dip in the pool, and hop back in the wagon for the return to DC around 5:30 p.m.
IS THIS RIDE FOR ME?
This ride is for you if:
- You ride very frequently and about 75-100 miles per week.
- You've recently completed at least a 50 mile ride before on a road bike.
- You've got a road bike with 25mm tires, a CX or gravel bike and you feel comfortable on rural dirt and gravel.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll start and end in Middleburg, VA. In between will hit up the Bluemont General Store to rest and re-fuel. The sites along these roads are awesome and we can expect very little in car traffic. We will 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.
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.