Kinder Gentler 400k05-18-2024 05:0019 Registered

05-18-2024
05:00
EST
05-19-2024
08:00
03-04-2024 20:09
05-17-2024 14:30
400
ACP 400
Hilly
27:00
Sunrise at 5:54:22 AM Sunset at 8:20:54 PM
Ride Leader(s):
Emily RANSON

Get me there
Hampton Inn
501 Blackwell Rd
Warrenton, VA

$40.00
Registration is not open

Ride Materials.

Last rode in 2018, never believe a randonneur when they say, "This is a kinder, gentler 400!" But this is a lovely route that meanders through Virginia and finishes in good old Warrenton.

Get your hotel room ASAP and you may want to get a refundable room if you are not sure you are riding.

NOTE: 5 AM START TIME instead of traditional 4 AM to give riders more time to travel in the morning.

Hotel Change: down the street at the Hampton Inn.

Pre-Ride notes:

Thank you for registering for the DC Rando 400K! The pre-ride is done and the final route is being edited and will be posted on the website and sent to you either shortly or with this content.

First off, many of the registered riders are newish to randonneuring, so it is important to restate a few of the basics of doing a ride of this length:

1) It is unsupported. If you might need something, bring it. In fact, bring two of them.
2) This is a really long ride. You will get very tired. Even experienced riders hit a wall at around Mile 200 and trudge into the finish.
3) When tired, you will not be generating the usual heat, so bring extra layers and rain gear.
4) Your partner and/or friends do not want to come pick you up in the middle of nowhere Virginia. When you bonk, keep moving forward. You have time to recover and still finish.
5) As sunset approaches, do your best to partner or group up. You will be safer in a group and the inevitable mental lows will be easier to overcome with some shared Dad jokes. Where is the cemetery always located? The dead center of town!
6) Have a food eating plan. This is not a 200K that you can do on fat reserves! Plan in advance where you want to stop for meals and make sure to carry enough food to get from meal to meal.
7) There will be a serious light and reflective check before the ride begins. Bring a battery for your bike computer and think about putting your phone in airplane mode to help it last to the finish.

Okay, now onto actual ride specific notes… Also in list, because that’s how this pre-rider likes to present information!


- Mile 28.5 – You do not have to stop at Reuwer’s Market, but they do have awesome breakfast sandwiches and a bathroom for customers.
- Mile 41.4 – Two black and white dogs aggressively went for this pre-rider. I came to a complete stop and they seemed more bark than bite, but be ready. The cuter of the two really just wants you to play catch, but the three-legged dog keeps getting behind you which is scary as crap.
- Mile 50.5 – Water is free at McDonalds and so is the flush toilet.
- Mile 86.1 – Maybelle’s Market is AWESOME. Avoid eating too much dead animal and stick to endurance food like a waffle. Lots of good cookies and whoopie pies to take to go. No cell service, but wifi is strong and free for checking in with home. Password is “onlyindyke”.
- Mile 107.4 – You got up really early. Stop at Mudhouse for a seriously good coffee drink. Do it for Ed and send him a picture! Not kidding.
- Mile 118 – Good market with meal options.
- Mile 140.9 – Food in Scottsville sorta sucks. You’ll likely stop at the Exxon if anywhere.
- Mile 156-159 – The Lake Monticello region is TERRIBLE. I had more vehicular interactions (buzzings, obscenities, honking, single finger salutes) here than I have in my past four rides combined. We will try to get off this road in the future, I promise. Also, the road is really bad for traffic. I know you have a “right” to your three feet, but strongly suggest pulling over when you get a few cars backed up behind you. Build some goodwill with the community and live to ride again tomorrow.
- Mile 156.3 – BBQ joint to your left and Mexican joint to your right. It’s probably dinner time, so fuel the engine.
- Mile 174.7 – Campground store closes at 8 PM and doesn’t have much to eat anyway.
- Mile 177.9 – Good market on the left to make up for the crappy campground store.
- Mile 194.9 – Go to the McDonalds. Consider it a mandatory rendezvous point to group up before doing the final unsupported 50+ miles to the finish. McDonalds closes at 11 pm, so if you’re getting there late, go to the Sheetz farther up the road. During the final roll past the 7-11, make sure you have enough snacks, water, and caffeine to make it to the finish in Warrenton. To repeat, there is NOTHING available after this.

Thanks for reading this to the end. I know this is a lot of information, but a 400K cannot be ridden by the seat of the pants like a 200K. Do some homework and prepare for a tough effort. You will hit a low spot and you will recover. Finish with a smile or at least fake it!

Lastly, for those of you of a frugal nature like this pre-rider, at least think about taking a nap in the car before driving home. There is no amount of coffee in the world that can get you home without serious risk after riding your bike for 250 miles!!!

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