This event is a non-timed fun ride. All types of bicycles are welcomed to this event. You will see Tri-Bikes, Road Bikes and many other types of bicycles. The Culpeper Gran Fondo began in 2015 with rave reviews, in 2017 it will kick off our Culpeper Endurance Festival with 32, 62 and 100 mile options. Join your fellow cyclists on low traffic, country roads that wind through horse country, farmland, forests, trout streams and vineyards all within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each distance is fully supported with mechanics and well stocked aid stations. The 100 and 62 mile rides start at 7:00am with a mass start and the 32 mile ride starts at 7:30am. None of these rides are flat, this is central Virginia, but these rides are gorgeous and fun. The post ride party starts at 10:30am and goes until 4:00pm.
All registered cyclists get the following: Finishers gift, short sleeve tri-blend shirt, custom ride socks, well supported and well stocked stations on the route and access to the post ride party with BBQ and ice cold refreshments.
32 Mile Course Maps – Click HERE
The 32 Mile Gran Fondo is a short introduction to the wonderful cycling that is available in Culpeper County. After leaving our staging area at Mountain Run Lake Park this ride follows the first 10 miles of the Culpeper Triathlon before turning WSW towards with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A short loop up with a good climb from 15.3-17.2 (275′) give this loop a good reason to get out of your saddle. There is a total of 1670′ of climbing with access to 3 aid stations along the way.
62 Mile Course Maps – Click HERE
The metric century is a great ride that takes highlights epic valley and mountain views in Culpeper and Madison Counties. Starting out at Mountain Run Lake Park riders head NW towards Old Rag. Epic views of Old Rag and the Blue Ridge Mountains, largest climb of the ride (21.6-25.3 with 380′ of elevation), and short visits to the towns of Etlan and Syria greet riders in the Metric Century. The riding is fantastic as you descend from mile 25.3 into the town of Syria (home to great trout fishing, hiking and an apple festival) then along a pristine stream to the aid station at mile 34. A long segment on Hebron Valley Road showcase great valley views on flat roads prior to the turnaround and a short distance to hook into the 32 mile course to finish the day. There is a total of 3400′ of climbing and 5 aid stations along the route.
100 Mile Course Maps – Click HERE
The century route has all the features of the 32 and 62 mile routes above with additional mileage in Madison County south of Rt. 29. After crossing 29 (at the only stoplight on the route) riders weave through rolling farmland and wind along narrow country lanes. Scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and country estates abound. The riding from miles 42-75 is more farmland than forest and cannot be beat. After crossing 29 again riders merge into the metric century route to finish out their day. There is a total of 5800′ of climbing and 6 aid stations along the route.
Aid Stations: There are 4 aid stations located throughout the course.
1. Mile 9/94 – Reva and Griffinsburg Rd
2. Mile 25 – DuCard Winery
3. Mile 34/83 – Mt. Calvary Baptists Church (note: this is 200 meters past the turn for mile 34)
4. Mile 59 – Grace Baptist Community Church
Note: All mileage above is in relation to the 100 mile route. All stations will have water, Gatorade, Coke, fruit, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches, portajons.
This event benefits the Eastern View Field Hockey Team
Please consider making a donation for all the work they do to make this event a success year after year. Many of the volunteers for this event are from the Eastern View Field Hockey Team.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Please consider making a donation during the registration process. You can also make a donation via their website by clicking HERE.
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