On April 1st, we are running two ACP brevets, the Old Rag 200km and the Warrenton 300km. Both start at the Warrenton Hampton Inn, The 200km will start at 7am and the 300km will start at 5am. If you register for one of these and later decide you want to switch, then you can do that. If you switch from the 200 to the 300 you’ll need to chip in the extra $10 for the price difference; no refund switching the other direction.
The Warrenton 300km is a Lynn Kristianson route that explores the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont from Warrenton to Old Rag, to points south. The first 120 miles are somewhat hilly and the route becomes more rolling for the last 70-80 miles.
Checkin and safety inspection starts at 4am. Park at the far corners of the hotel parking lot, unless you are a guest.
Leaving Warrenton, 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 which brings the riders toward Old Rag and a control at the Syria Mercantile. Continuing south, the riders skirt Madison, crossing US29, and pick up the 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 an open control in Orange riders return to Warrenton through gentler terrain via Batna, Lignum, Kelly’s Ford and Remington.
The main route follows paved roads (even what used to be a brief section of gravel near the end is now paved). Gravel-road Detours are provided for riders who would like to avoid some of the busier roads and who have tires suitable for gravel (which has sometimes been very deep and loose in places, and very steep in other places). I and several others had a great time riding the gravel roads a couple of year’s ago, but my tires are 650Bx42. Riders with skinny tires had more trouble. The gravel road detours will be on the back of the cue sheet, and will be provided as alternatives in the GPS/RWGPS files.
If you want to stay on paved roads, just follow along the main flow of the cue sheet and if you are navigating a GPS file do not navigate the “detour” routes. Moreover, if you are just following some other rider’s rear wheel, make sure you know whether their rear wheel will be staying on the road or going on the gravel.
Here is some detail about the gravel detours: There are two sections of the route that have gravel alternatives. In the first (see map), the paved road is shown in pale blue and there are two gravel-road detours:
For the first gravel detour, the light-green is paved and the dark green is gravel–Quaintance Rd–4.2 miles and a fair amount of up and down, some of it very steep, about 460 feet of climbing. For the second section that has gravel, the dark blue is gravel, two roads–Sharp Rock Rd and Emmet Rd–totaling 3.3 miles, pretty flat, with 160 feet of climbing; the light blue is paved. The gravel road detours avoid ten miles of FT Valley Rd, which is one of the busier roads on the brevet–we’ve used it many times, and I’ve never had problems here, but it is a road where you have to watch carefully in the mirror to make sure cars coming up from behind are slowing and/or moving over.
Again, the paved route is shown in pale blue; the gravel detour has a paved portion shown in light green and a gravel portion shown in dark green on Twin Mountains Rd–4.2 miles, pretty flat, with 100 feet of climbing. The cyan section is the paved detour, which spends 3.3 miles on Zachary Taylor Hwy, US522. Again, one of the busier roads on the route, we’ve used it for years and I’ve never had problems but you do have to keep an eye on who is coming up behind you.
That’s it for the gravel sections, if you have questions feel free to ask.
Climb: The Warrenton 300km has about 9,500 feet of climbing, about the same as the Urbana 200km.
We’ll have some light snacks at the start–there is a Sheetz and McDonald’s nearby for something more substantial. At the end, we’ll have the usual pizza, drinks, and a few snacks at the finish. The club has also rented a hotel room for the finish. Please bring your own towels (etc.) if you want to shower there.
Three ride reports from prior years are posted on the DCRand Stories page under “300K”: