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Blue Ridge to Bay 1200km brevet

Overview. May 31st to June 3rd, 2018

This grand randonnee has been approved by RUSA.

All information is preliminary and subject to change until registration is open.

The Blue Ridge to Bay 1200km is a tour of many of the Great Spots in the region.

DC Randonneurs’ home terrain offers the opportunity to capture mountain vistas and ride the flatlands of North America’s largest estuary, while taking in some of our nation’s most iconic monuments: The Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument; the site of the Gettysburg Address; the deadliest battlefield in all of American history; and the oldest continuously operating state house in the country. Charming and historic towns include Leesburg, Gettysburg, Shepherdstown, and Annapolis, with many lesser lights along the route. The route enters four states, three of the original 13 colonies, and the District of Columbia. For a "travel guide" to these great spots, click here.

Route: The route is intended to be memorable for the Great Spots that it visits, not for being a sufferfest. But many of the Great Spots are in the mountains, so we've ended up with about 38200 feet of RWGPS climbing. That's in the ballpark of PBP (RWGPS=38000) and Boston-Montreal-Boston (36000); and less than Endless Mountains (44000), Shenandoah 1200 (42500), and Appalachian Adventure 1000km (39000 as measured on my GPS).

To sketch the route: The first day is Leesburg, VA to the DC monumental core, then up to Gettysburg, through the mountains, into the Great Valley, and down to the (fully-supported) Shepherdstown, WV; Second day is Shenandoah Valley, Skyline Drive, Fort Valley, Shenandoah Valley and back to the second (fully-supported) Shepherdstown overnight; Third day, ride back over South Mountain then transit over to Annapolis, down to the Chesapeake Bay, and back up to the third (fully-supported) overnight near the BWI airport; Fourth day, we roll through historic Savage, MD and the Piedmont, avoiding climbing as much as possible on our way back to Leesburg.

For the full route description and link to RideWithGPS pages, cue sheet, etc. ... click on the "Route" topic area, on the left.)

For further details, click the links to the left.

The event has been approved by RUSA but the route itself has not yet been approved by RUSA. Almost all of it has been checked out on bike.

See you on the road!