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A Pedalers' Fall Favorite is Back

The 7th Montgomery County Farm Tour and Picnic

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Poolesville, MD

Co-hosted by Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance
* Open to members and nonmembers *


 

Important Road Closure Notice

 

There is a partial road closure on the southern portion of West Willard.

West Willard Road is closed between River and West Offut.  It doesn't affect any of the routes, but it will affect a number of people driving from Virginia.  

 

Driving from Virginia
Take the River Road West (or is it North) exit off 495 toward Potomac till it ends.  Turn left at the T.  Go approximately one mile.  Turn right on Partnership Road.  Turn left on White's Ferry/107 to Poolesville.  Turn left on West Willard.  Go approximately one mile to the a left at the golf course.

From Maryland
Those directions also work, or 270 to Route 28 West.  Turn left at the fork at 107 toward Poolesville.  Go approximately four to five miles to a left at West Willard.  Go approximately one mile to the a left at the golf course.



“Each weekend, thousands of cyclists escape the city for the fresh air and tranquil open spaces of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Minutes from downtown, the Reserve’s country roads offer respite from Beltway backups, Metro delays and 60-hour weeks. Conceived by statute in 1980, the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve is protected from development policies that seek to fill every space with roads, housing developments, malls and office parks. The Farm Tour is an opportunity for cyclists to meet local growers and to experience the Reserve’s many gifts up close. Come and enjoy the sweet air, sweeping landscapes and quiet country roads by bicycle.”

 

Denise Cohen
Farm Tour Founder

 

 
     

About the Farm Tour

Please join Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance on Sunday, October 2, 2016, for the seventh Montgomery County Farm Tour! The Farm Tour, starring our breathtaking Agricultural Reserve, has become one of the highlights of the local cycling calendar. The event features the Reserve's lovely Rocklands Farm and Kingsbury's Orchard, where riders converge for the tour's wholesome post-ride picnic. As always, the menu will include delicious vegetarian/meat sandwiches, vegetarian salads and our raved-about homemade oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.

 

Riders will choose among routes of 18, 26, 28, 40, 58 and 74 miles including quiet, rolling landscapes dotted with the Reserve's orchards, red barns and silos.  All but the 18-mile route offer views of Sugarloaf Mountain.  Beginners and experienced riders are welcome.

 

This year, registration fees will support long-time Pedalers’ partner, Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA), the organization devoted to supporting the Reserve’s farming community, preserving the Agricultural Reserve and Ten Mile Creek, Montgomery County's last, best stream and the backup drinking water supply for 4.3 million in the Washington, DC region. MCA works daily to ensure the Ag Reserve remains rural and local farming remains viable.

 

For information, please contact Martine Palmiter or Steve Cohen.

    


Ride Start 

Poolesville Golf Course, 16601 West Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837--(301) 428-8143‎
 

 
   
   
 
  Rocklands Farm
   
   
   
   
   
  Kingsbury's Orchard 
   
   
Ride Descriptions and Start Times 

Moderately hilly routes of approximately 18, 28, 40, 58 and 74 miles will depart from Poolesville Golf Course (approximately one mile past Poolesville High School on West Willard Road). All routes offer beautiful scenery and stay mainly on quiet roads.
  • 74 miles -   8:30 AM
  • 58 miles -   9:30 AM
  • 40 miles - 10:00 AM
  • 28 miles - 10:00 to10:30 AM (No rest stop at Rocklands Farm but the picnic is at mile 23)
  • 18 miles - 10:30 AM (No rest stop at Rocklands Farm but the picnic is at mile 13)
  • NEW 26 mile route – 10:30 AM (INCLUDES A STOP at Rocklands Farm, and is a milder (less hilly) route that does not include Sugarloaf Mountain

(Novice riders are encouraged to try one of the shorter routes.  If you want a guided tour with two ride leaders on the 18 mile route, meet Bob Manka and Greg Basheda at the Gold Course start at 10:30 AM).

Fully Stocked Rest Stop at Rocklands 

The 26, 40, 58 and 74 mile routes stop at Rocklands Farm, where we’ll offer delicious hearty snacks and fruit, compliments of our caterer and Kingsbury Farm.

 

Picnic Lunch - Noon to 4:00 PM at Kingsbury's Orchard

As always, the menu will include delicious vegetarian/meat sandwiches, vegetarian salads and our raved-about homemade oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies. All routes stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard five miles before ride’s end.

 

Registration Price 

Before Sept. 1:

  • $30 members
  • $40 nonmembers

After Sept. 1:

  • $40 members
  • $50 nonmembers

This event always sells out! Registration is for the first 450 riders. Prices include post-ride picnic, cue sheets, rest stops with food, SAG (Support And Gear) mechanical support, and a portion of your fee goes directly to support the Montgomery County Alliance for fundraising support for the Agricultural Reserve.

 

If you're not a member you can Join Potomac Pedalers for $30.00 (individual) or $37.00 (families) and you'll qualify for the member rate.

 

There will be no onsite registration.

 

 Interim Reststops 

All routes also include stops at country markets, where you can purchase water and snacks. The club will only provide refreshments at Kingsbury’s Orchard and Rocklands Farm. Please bring pocket money and plan accordingly. 

You Can Purchase Fruit and Cider at Kingsbury's Orchard and Wine and Meat at Rocklands

Feel free to purchase a bushel of apples, cider, jams and other goodies while picnicking at Kingsbury’s Orchard or wine and meet at Rocklands Farm.  No need to stuff your apples in your jersey pockets! Volunteers from the MontgomeryCountryside Alliance will shuttle your purchases to a site for pickup, 1:00 PM till 3:30 PM.

  

Weather   

There will be NO REFUNDS. For weather-related cancellations and other updates, see the Potomac Pedaler’s Meetup and Facebook pages, www.potomacpedalers.org. But consider the donation will still go to the Montgomery County Alliance! However, in case of rain, the picnic at noon will still be held at Kingsbury Farm.  Come join us!

 

Required Equipment

  • Bicycle in good working condition
  • Helmet
  • Water bottles
  • Pump and spare tube 

Suggested Items to Bring With You

  • Cell phone
  • ID with emergency contact info
  • Money for farm produce purchases
  • Pocket change for pie and refreshments
  • Sunscreen

SAG Support from Evo Cycle Works

  • Meet Vic and Arlin, your Evo Cycle Works SAG support team!
  • Support and Gear "SAG" vehicles on all routes
  • Assistance with flats and light mechanical issues
  • Cold water and sport drinks, even snacks!
  • Friendly transport for bikes and cyclists

 

 

Mechanical Support from Revolution Cycles


Enjoy the Ride 

You won’t see any shopping malls or big box department stores, because you’ll be cycling in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, where fresh air, farms and quiet country roads are largely protected from the pressures of urban sprawl.

 

Volunteers

About three dozen (36) volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, sagging, marshaling and fruit shuttle assistance; you’ll still be able to ride, and we’ll comp your registration. Contact Laurie Welch, Farm Tour Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you! We have all the volunteers needed.

     

Can't Participate? Please consider a donation

 

If you are not planning to participate in the Farm Tour event but want to join the Potomac Pedalers in raising funds to help the Montgomery Countryside Alliance support the AG Reserve, please consider making your tax deductible donation.


Check out Montgomery Countryside Alliance: Our Co-Sponsor and Partner. MCA

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     MCA Advocates for land use policies that enhance agriculture and land preservation in the Ag Reserve, the region hosting our lovely ride;
  • Educates about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of local farmland particularly in the Agricultural Reserve;
  • Supports local farms to strengthen our rural economy;
  • Celebrates the beauty and abundance of the Agricultural Reserve; and
  • Conserves the economic value and rural landscape of the Agricultural Reserve for current and future generations of the region.

Visit the Agricultural Reserve website for more information.  

 

Acknowledgment

 

We want to thank Denise Cohen for having the vision and energy to have staffed, planned and managed this event for several years past! She finally gets to ride the Farm Tour!!

 

GPS Routes

 

18 mile, 652 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3428697

26 mile, 1120 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/16751047

28 mile, 1326 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/3428877

40 mile, 1965 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10599028

59 mile, 2925 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10596284

74 mile, 4115 feet Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10595135


Cue Sheets

 

 

18 Mile Route

26 Mile Route

28 Mile Route

40 Mile Route

59 Mile Route

74 Mile Route

 

 



In Memoriam

 

The Farm Tour is dedicated to the memory of a cherished club member, Neal D. Molloy, who died as a result of a tragic bike accident that occurred shortly before the Farm Tour in 2010. Neal was an avid rider, had boundless enthusiasm and energy for assisting in club events, and made a new friend out of everyone he met on a bike. Those who knew Neal will always remember his energy, his organizational skills, his willingness to help and his kind heart.

“Each weekend, thousands of cyclists escape the city for the fresh air and tranquil open spaces of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Minutes from downtown, the Reserve’s country roads offer respite from Beltway backups, Metro delays and 60-hour weeks. Conceived by statute in 1980, the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve is protected from development policies that seek to fill every space with roads, housing developments, malls and office parks. The Farm Tour is an opportunity for cyclists to meet local growers and to experience the Reserve’s many gifts up close. Come and enjoy the sweet air, sweeping landscapes and quiet country roads by bicycle.”
“Each weekend, thousands of cyclists escape the city for the fresh air and tranquil open spaces of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Minutes from downtown, the Reserve’s country roads offer respite from Beltway backups, Metro delays and 60-hour weeks. Conceived by statute in 1980, the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve is protected from development policies that seek to fill every space with roads, housing developments, malls and office parks. The Farm Tour is an opportunity for cyclists to meet local growers and to experience the Reserve’s many gifts up close. Come and enjoy the sweet air, sweeping landscapes and quiet country roads by bicycle.”
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