Warrenton ACP 300km Cue Sheet, Route comments, and GPS Files, April 1st, 5am

The Warrenton ACP 300km brevet starts at the Warrenton Hampton Inn in Warrenton, VA at 5:00AM on April 1st.  Be sure to park at the extremities of the parking lot.

Cue sheets are posted at 2017_dcr_warrenton_acp_300km_cue.zip (note the 2up version is intended to work well in the mapcase of a handlebar bag and prints better from the pdf version).

The main route is all paved road.  There are three potential gravel road detours for riders who want to avoid a bit of traffic on F.T.Valley Rd &/or US522, and who have suitable tires for gravel.  These are clearly marked in the cue sheet and are also contained in the GPS file.  THE GRAVEL ROAD DETOURS HAVE NOT BEEN CHECKED OUT.  You should be prepared for very rough gravel, steep hills, etc.  If there is a bridge out or conditions turn out to be unsafe, turn around and go back to the road.

Lights and reflective gear are required for this ride so when you come to registration please be prepared for the light and safety inspection:  bring your reflective gear and ensure that you have the required front and rear lights mounted to your bicycle.

Registration and safety inspections start at 4:00AM.  Here are some route comments:

  • There is now a control in Marshall at the 7-11.
  • The Orange Control is an OPEN control — GET RECEIPTS!!
  • The GPS files do NOT break at INFO controls.  Be careful not to miss them.

The link to the GPS files is posted below. But please read this information before downloading them. Always get a copy of the final cue sheet. That final cue sheet contains the official route, so in case there is a conflict with the GPS file, you should resolve the conflict in favor of the cue sheet. Use the GPS as a handy-dandy adjunct. Keep your wits about you, as the GPS cannot notify you of road hazards — it is up to you to ride safely.We strongly recommend that you set your GPS to the settings below. We cannot guarantee that these will keep you on the official route, but if you have your GPS set some other way, it is entirely possible that it will take you off route, possibly onto unsafe roads. Go to the Setup->Routing page and set as follows:

Guidance Method: Follow Road
Follow Road Method: Shortest Distance
Next Turn Pop-Up: On
Follow Road Options:
Off Route Recalculation: Prompted
Calculation Method: Best Route
Calculate Routes for: Car/Motorcycle
Avoid: (set to none – the route itself should control this)

By the way … make sure that your GPS either has maps already downloaded, or select the relevant maps around the routes. The GPS files are posted at 2017_dcr_warrenton_acp_300km-gps.zip.  The official route is also posted to RidewithGPS.  However, I do not know of any way to post to RWGPS the official route plus the detours on gravel roads.  So an alternative RWGPS route is the ALL-DETOUR version of the route.

Climbing: All climbing is relative.  My best  measure of climbing on this route is that the Warrenton 300km has about 9500′ of climbing, not much more than Paul’s Paradise.  None of it is on “big” climbs (more than 400 feet) but some are steep.  The climbing is somewhat front-loaded, moderating notably after around mile 140 when you get on Algonquin Trail.  For a list of consistently-measured events, see Climbing.

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