Ride to Bluemont and cross the mountain at Snickersville Gap. Descend to the Shenandoah River, then gradually climb out away from the river to Rt.50. Descend again to the river and continue on Howellsville, Morgan Ford, and Dismal Hollow to Rt.55.
For more climbing, take Blue Mountain Rd. to Freezeland Rd. then to Rt.55, which adds about 1.3 mi and 1,100' of climbing. Blue Mountain Rd. has about 2 mi of unpaved surface. The routes diverge at mile 45 and rejoin at about mile 56.
We're planning for 2 rest stops: Bluemont @mile 23 and along Howellsville Rd @mile 42. Another rest stop option is the store at Freezeland Rd & Rt. 55, at mile 56.
Look for Go/No-Go notices the night before – or early morning of – the ride if the weather is questionable.
aware that the Gold Cup races are happening May 7 at Great Meadow, south of
The Plains. Gates open to the public at 1000, so we should already be in
Marshall before race traffic begins to build. However, there may be a
higher than usual volume of traffic Saturday morning on I66, possibly horse
trailers on the move, especially near The Plains and Marshall. Might be
wise to plan on a few extra minutes of travel time. Don't expect any
race-related traffic to be an issue with the ride.
We'll have printed cues for both routes. You can preview the routes here:
WithOUT Blue Mtn: https://RideWithGPS.com/routes/12977075
With Blue Mtn: https://RideWithGPS.com/routes/12984981
Clara Martinez [Clara@claramartinez.com] 703-801-4171
Mike McCarley * [firstname.lastname@example.org] 703-218-0707