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A/BB (VH) * 94 * VA * 8:30 AM * Sky (Moreland) Tower * Eastham Park (EAS)
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7/19/2014
When: 7/19/2014
8:30 AM
Where: Eastham Park
Contact: Jim Sherman
571-232-0164


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A/BB (VH) * 94 * VA * 8:30 AM * Sky (Moreland) Tower * Eastham Park (EAS)
Have you signed up for the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo?  If yes, this will be a good prep ride.  If not, this will give you a taste of what it's like.  Though this route is not as long, hilly, or gravelly, it will be a real challenge.  It starts as SkyMass but after Massanutten we'll climb the gravel Moreland Gap.  I've yet to ride this road but know others who have.  It's long and shallow while the second gravel road, Woodstock Tower, is 2 miles at 8% with the steepest switchbacks paved.  Your regular road bike will do fine but I'd recommend wider tires.  I think others may have ridden it with 23s before but I always ride 25s.  To be safe, bring some extra tubes, maybe even a spare tire, and, if your uncertain if you'll keep up, bring a friend as well.

Rest stops in Luray and Woodstock with bathrooms, port-o-john at the ride start.  Anyone wanting to stick with the traditional all paved SkyMass should be forewarned that the Fort Valley store is closed so load up in Luray.

Be sure to bring front and rear lights.  There was fog at the higher elevations, which is why they have this rule about lights, the last time I was on SLD.  There's an $8 entrance fee to Skyline but we usually have enough yearly passes among us to get everyone in; be prepared to pay if we don't.

Here's the route with gpx file:  http://ridewithgps.com/routes/5185600

No go in rain or on really wet roads; check google group Pedalers for updates or call if in doubt.
Jim Sherman [cryptic22000@gmail.com] 571/232‑0164.

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