Warrenton “Old Rag” ACP 200km brevet April 1st

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.

From Warrenton we head generally southwest on this Crista Borras route, passing through rolling horse farm country with the Blue Ridge Mountains as our backdrop. We parallel the Blue Ridge as far south as Madison.  Old-timers will miss the traditional stop at Yoder’s, which has moved to US-29 and thus a stop there would involve too much traffic for too many miles.  On the plus side, we can avoid Orange Rd, which was also a little too much traffic.  Instead, we’ll head directly to Madison where riders who need resupply can stop at the BP, McDonald’s or other restaurants in town.  The route is fairly gentle as we wind our way to Syria in the shadow of Grave’s Mountain. A steep climb followed by a 3-mile descent puts us up and over the Old Rag Grinder. A series of steep and unrelenting rollers–lovingly known as The Three Kings and The Meanies–will consume us for the next hour.  The Laurel Mills store was closed last time through, but water is available at the sweet spring that flows nearby. Country roads bordered by stone fences carry us through Ben Venue and into Flint Hill and the final control at the reopened Orlean Store. A final climb over Piney (”Pukin”) Mountain brings us back to Warrenton–we’ll ride right on past the HoJos detouring on side roads back to the Hampton Inn. Estimated total elevation gain : 8,800 feet.

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