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  • Old Rag 20009-11-2021 07:002 Registered

    09-11-2021
    07:00
    EST
    09-11-2021
    20:30
    06-15-2021 06:46
    09-10-2021 12:00
    200
    ACP 200
    Hilly
    13:30
    Sunrise at 6:47:18 AM Sunset at 7:22:30 PM

    Gardner DUVALL
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    Roger HILLAS
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    Wawa
    510 Frost Ave
    Warrenton, VA

    $15.00

    Social Gathering Before/After



    A Crista Borras classic, ridden by Potomac Pedalers and DC Randonneurs since the late 1990s. This year it returns to its old start and finish at the intersection of Business 29 and VA 211 in Warrenton.  This time we're riding it for the international celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Audax Club Parisien.

    The ride begins with a climb up to downtown Warrenton, near the hotel where General George McClellan bid farewell to the officers of the Army of the Potomac after being relieved of his command by Abraham Lincoln in November 1862. There, the route turns to the south and heads out of town, with a steep downhill around the two mile mark.

    The route wanders southwest over rolling country for some time. You won't notice the climbs much, but you will feel the toll of you effort later. Reuwer's Grocery at mile 27.9 will offer one of your few changes to purchase supplies outbound. The route crosses to the east of US29 at mile 44.4 and goes over a low-water bridge across the Robinson River at mile 48.1. If there is heavy rain in the 24 hours before the ride start, you will follow a detour around the low-water bridge, beginning at a point marked on the cue sheet.

    If the sky is clear, you will have caught glimpses of the Blue Ridge to the west as you headed south. Now a climb through Elly and a quick descent past the Mountain View nursing home at mile 52 will reveal the ridge ahead of you in all its majesty. The information control at the Aroda Store soon follows, and you'll turn northwest towards Madison, which offers several possibilities for sit-down dining.

    As you head north from Madison, the fun begins. You'll see the Blue Ridge approach as you ride up a gradual incline to the control at Syria Mercantile. You'll definitely want to stock up on supplies here. If you are so inclined, ask for a country ham muffin or two, but they are salty, so be sure they have something to wash them down.

    After the control, you'll climb up a series of switchbacks to the shoulder of Old Rag Mountain, then enjoy a more gradual descent to Etlan on the other side. After a few fast miles on F.T. Valley road, you'll turn east onto the much quieter Slate Mill Road. A left turn at mile 89.9 will lead you to the Three Meanies, followed by a brief stint on US522. You'll turn off at Scrabble and ride north on beautiful, quiet roads. After the control at Laurel Mills, you'll turn northwest on the Richmond Road, near where George Custer almost lost his life in a Confederate rearguard movement 14 years before the battle of Little Bighorn. From there, the route climbs towards Flint Hill, with views of apple orchards to distract you from the effort.

    At Flint Hill, the route heads east over rolling terrain. Don't forget to look around and enjoy the spectacular views behind you and off to both sides. Orleans Market will come as a welcome relief from the steady climbing and as a last chance to stock up on supplies for a finish that isn't ceremonial.

    You won't make it back to Warrenton without climbing Piney "Pukin'" Mountain and Waterloo Gap, but once you do you can coast into town and enjoy your reward and some good company at Foster's Grill.

  • Washington Antietam10-16-2021 07:00None Registered

    10-16-2021
    07:00
    EST
    10-16-2021
    20:30
    06-15-2021 16:49
    10-15-2021 12:00
    200
    RUSA 200
    Hilly
    13:30
    Sunrise at 7:19:59 AM Sunset at 6:27:58 PM

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    Palisades Starbucks
    5185 MacArthur Boulevard #104
    Washington, DC 20016

    $15.00

    Washington Antietam is a challenging ride from our nation's capital to the site of the bloodiest single day in its history. Bring your climbing legs, or be sure you have a bailout gear.

    After five mellow miles on MacArthur Boulevard, the climbing starts as soon as you turn onto Persimmon Tree Road. After Potomac at mile 9, the McMansions slowly give way to a mixture of woods and argricultural land. You'll face a steady succession of rollers as you cross one stream after another headed towards its mouth in the Potomac River to your south.

    After Dickerson at mile 35, you'll be able to rest your legs for a few miles riding parallel to the Potomac on the O&OD canal towpath, then heading northwest across flat land to Adamstown at mile 45 . . . as long as the wind isn't blowing out of the north.

    After that, you'll climb three steep ridges—Marlu, Mountville, and Reno Monument—in thirty miles, all of them ridden the hard way. The latter two were the site of heavy fighting during the battle of South Mountain, which preceded the main engagement at Antietam / Sharpsburg. The fighting in the gaps slowed the Union advance under McClellan enough that Lee was able to reunify the Confederate forces he had earlier split by sending troops to Harper's Ferry.

    You'll be able to recover some on the mostly downhill route from the second climb, Mountville, to the turnaround point at Sharpsburg. If you're lucky, the turn eastward there will gain you a tailwind as well as a quick tour through the main battlefield. After the hardest climb of all, over Reno Monument, you be able to coast much of the way to Middletown.

    Be sure to eat in Middletown, if you haven't already done so at Battleview Market in Sharpsburg, because the fun isn't over yet. A series of rollers on steroids will take you south to Jefferson and back over the Marlu Ridge, very much the easy way. Be sure to obey the traffic light for US 15 at the bottom of the very fast descent off Marlu Ridge. You wouldn't want to end up in traffic court.

    You'll recross the flat section between Adamstown and Lilly Pons water gardens, then jog north to Mt. Ephraim Road over the shoulder of Sugarloaf Mountain, some gravel, and an information control. After that, you'll descend through farmland to Dickerson, climb right back up to Beallsville Road, then descend to Poolesville.

    You still have some work to do, so grab something quick at the Crown station or Bassett's restaurant on your right, or look for McDonalds and Cugini's Pizza on your left as you go through town on Wootton Ave.

    After you rejoin River Road at mile 115, you'll retrace the outbound route, but the climbs are gentler, the descents longer, than they were on the way out. By the time you reach the finish, you'll be ready for some ice cream at Mac Market or pizza at GoPopolo SPK.

  • Flatbread 20011-06-2021 07:001 Registered

    11-06-2021
    07:00
    EST
    11-06-2021
    20:20
    03-03-2021 06:00
    11-05-2021 12:00
    205
    RUSA 200
    Flat
    13:20
    Sunrise at 7:42:19 AM Sunset at 6:02:15 PM

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    Good Guys Pizza
    219 East Water Street
    Centreville, MD

    $15.00

    Flatbread is a DCRand November classic.  Our flattest and fastest route, Flatbread makes for a festive day in the saddle.

  • Iron Brigade 20012-04-2021 07:00None Registered

    12-04-2021
    07:00
    EST
    12-04-2021
    20:20
    03-03-2021 09:15
    12-03-2021 12:00
    202
    RUSA 200
    Hilly
    13:20
    Sunrise at 7:11:50 AM Sunset at 4:46:33 PM

    William BECK
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    McDonalds Woodbine
    702 Lisbon Center Dr
    Woodbine, MD 21797

    $15.00

    Iron Brigade is a new 200k by Bill Beck, from the DCRand traditional December Woodbine, MD start/finish.  The route heads first to historic Ellicott City, but not so far that flooding is a risk!  Then we head across lovely western Howard County and up to Emittsburg.  Then we'll go down to Thurmont, and back to Woodbine on a unique path that skips the Waterville climbs.

  • Mason Dixon 120006-09-2022 05:00None Registered

    06-09-2022
    05:00
    EST
    06-12-2022
    23:00
    12-01-2021 00:00
    03-01-2022 00:00
    1200
    RM 1200
    Hilly
    90:00
    Sunrise at 5:42:51 AM Sunset at 8:33:12 PM

    Gardner DUVALL
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    Comfort Suites
    80 Prosperity Ave SE
    Leesburg, Virginia 20175

    Registration is not open

    SAG Service Available
    Overnight Ride
    Social Gathering Before/After



    The Mason Dixon 1200k travels country roads through places where US Civil War factories hummed, crops grew, slaves reached freedom, and critical battles raged.  The route includes the Blue Ridge and South mountains, Shenandoah Valley, the iconic Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields, and Pennsylvania Dutch Country, all in the Mason Dixon region that functionally separated Union and Confederate territories.  Our website is full of information about the Civil War history of this land, prominently including social history like the Underground Railroad.

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