Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder

June 9, 2019
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Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder

The Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder is a scenic bike ride along historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia.  Located east of the Blue Ridge, in lush Loudoun Valley, these crushed rock roadways meander through awe inspiring beauty, past stone walls, grand estates, horse farms, wineries, bubbling creeks, tiny hamlets, and significant historical sites.  Riding these roads is a sublime experience – like stepping back in time and cycling through history.

With over 300 miles of gravel road dating back to the early 1700s, Loudoun County Virginia boasts the largest and oldest intact network of gravel roads in the United States. When settlement in this area officially began in the year 1725, these roads were first used by mills and farms to get goods to market and by settlers to get to town and church. Today these special routes are used by residents, farmers, visitors, equestrians, and cyclists.

The event will start and finish at Salamander Resort in the quaint town of Middleburg.  Salamander is a perfect setting for the event, with plentiful amenities, huge parking areas, and a gorgeous staging area.  From Salamander, riders will embark along a 40, 60, or 80-mile route.  The ride will be fully marked and supported, with well stocked rest stops, mechanical and SAG support, and great post-ride food and beer!

To help preserve Loudoun’s unique and precious gravel roads, 5% of gross ride funds received will be donated to America’s Routes, a group that is advocating to save these historic rural roads from being paved over by development.  Riders may donate additional funds during registration.  A special thanks to Doug Graham for his passion for these routes and his amazing photography, and to Jay Korff from ABC7 for sharing Doug’s story and expanding the awareness of the efforts to save these historic gravel roads.

40 Mile Route

60 Mile Route

80 Mile Route

Registration Fees

40 Miler
$45 – Early by 5/9/19
$55 – Regular by 6/5/19
$65 – Ride day on 6/9/19

60 Miler
$55 – Early by 5/9/19
$65 – Regular by 6/5/19
$75 – Ride day on 6/9/19

80 Miler
$65 – Early by 5/9/19
$75 – Regular by 6/5/19
$85 – Ride day on 6/9/19

Add-ons
$15 – Tri-blend Tee Shirt
$15 – Post-race meal and one craft beer or soda

Registration Fee Includes

Beautiful and challenging course design on the most amazing gravel roads in the county, professional ride operations, wonderful volunteer support, awesome aid stations with mechanical support, SAG and medical support, first-class start/finish venue with electric atmosphere, give-a-ways, and commemorative pint glass and bottle opener.

Ride Schedule

Sunday June 9, 2019
6:30am – 9:00am – Check-in open

7:30am – 9:30am – 40 mile start window
7:30am – 9:00am – 60 mile start window
7:30am – 8:30am – 80 mile start window

11:00am – 7:00pm – Post ride food and beverage available, music, and give-a-ways

Venue

Salamander Resort
500 N Pendleton Street
Middleburg, VA 20117

Set on 340 acres nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse and wine country, Salamander Resort & Spa is an opulent and homelike destination. Salamander is a perfect setting for this event, with plentiful amenities, huge parking areas, and a gorgeous staging area.

Get Your Gravel On!

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