Starting at the Warrenton Hampton Inn, the route incorporates many sections of earlier 600km routes, a reverse section of the VA200km, and portions of the 2005 400km. The first 120 miles are hilly to rolling, and the route becomes rolling to flat for the last 70-80 miles.
After a brief stretch on VA17, we take the “back” way out of Warrenton on Blantyre Road and then riders will head west to Marshall and ride the many ups, downs, and stunning early morning vistas on Crest Hill Road all the way into Flint Hill. More hills and more terrific scenery await the riders on the way to Washington VA. Turning west toward the foot of the Blue Ridge, the scenery just keeps getting better on a long rolling stretch on VA231 which brings the riders to a detour toward Old Rag and a control at the Syria Mercantile. Continuing south, the riders skirt Madison, crossing US29, and pick up the 2005 400km route to Elly, Aroda and Old Somerset. Returning to route 231, riders head into Gordonsville and then continue farther south. The route then turns east through the more mellow terrain of Louisa county on VA22. After heading north for a control in Orange (don’t miss the great milkshakes!), riders return to Warrenton through Batna, Lignum, Kelly’s Ford and Remington.
Controls: Warrenton, Marshall, Syria, Aroda, Lindsay, Orange, Warrenton