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Ride Overview

Horsing Around the Virginia Blue Ridge Foothills

  • Arrival
  • 10/11/2021
  • Departure
  • 10/19/2021
  • Ride Director
  • Rita Zeidner
  • Ride Co-Director
  • Harold Datz
  • Starting Location
  • Leesburg, VA
  • Finishing Location
  • Leesburg, VA
  • Estimated Cost †
  • $1770
  • Deposit
  • $1000
  • Number of Riders
  • 9 (min. 14 /max. 24)
  • Space Available
  • 15
  • No. of Pending Riders
  • 0

Ride Rating

2B  Warning - Read the Description Carefully

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† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.

and you can request to participate in this ride.

Ride Director Comments

Sign-up for this ride just began June 1! Check out The Tripper Report from 2017, when we last ran this ride. ( https://tinyurl.com/b63ds4tb ) NEW THIS YEAR: You must be fully vaccinated for Covid to participate. We believe this is the best way to keep all our ride participants safe.

Ride Description

OVERVIEW

This trip is mostly a repeat of the highly rated trip we led for the first time in Oct. 2017. It’s a tour designed to maximize riding in this beautiful, moderately hilly area and minimize the need to pack and unpack.We’ll be spending all of our riding time on the roads connecting Leesburg, Middleburg and Warrenton — three small, historic towns nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge foothills. This area is mostly fancy-pants farmland, replete with bzillion dollar horse farms, vineyards and vistas that will knock your socks off. It's where the international horsy set gather for fox hunting and steeplechase. (Jackie and John F. Kennedy, Pamela Harriman, “Bunny” Mellon and Elizabeth Taylor) are among the celebrities who have owned property near Middleburg. Lucky for us, the local hoity-toity take pains to ensure that the many roads crisscrossing the area and connecting their estates and vineyards stay quiet and well-maintained.

The trip offers seven full days of riding. And while a car is not necessary on this trip, we encourage folks to bring a car, as it will increase your options, both for where you ride and how you spend layover days. Dealing with a car will not cut into your riding time; for the days when we change towns, ride leaders will provide wonderful loop routes that will allow folks with cars to complete a ride of 42-50 miles, and then hop in their cars and drive the 20-25 miles to the next location. People with cars will be responsible for transferring their own luggage and bikes on the days we change towns. If you don’t bring a car, there are three mandatory days of riding, one of which exceeds 2B rating for hilliness. Ride leaders will handle the luggage for people who don’t have cars.

If you don’t feel like riding on a layover day, you’ll still have plenty of options to pass the time. A few possibilities include visiting one of the many nearby wineries or just kicking back and enjoying the views. Those with a car may drive to nearby hiking in Shenandoah National Park or spend a day in Washington, D.C., less than an hour’s drive from anywhere we’ll be staying.

RIDE RATING: The ride is rated 2B! We’ll provide a selection of cue sheets for the various starting points, but all are at the higher end of the 2B rating and on one day of mandatory riding (for people who don’t bring a car), the route is 50 miles (+3,000’). 

ITINERARY: For the first leg of our journey (Day 2, Tuesday, Oct. 12), we’ll pedal from Leesburg to Middleburg, where we’ll spend three nights. By highway, the two towns are less than 20 miles apart. But we’ll take the long way around to enjoy the scenery and stay on quiet country roads. A highlight will be visiting Waterford, a 300-year-old working village worthy of its National Historic Landmark status. If you’re riding point to point, it’s a 46 mile ride (+2600’).

People with cars can ride out the door of our Leesburg hotel, get in a great, full day of riding and then make the quick, 25-mile drive to our B&B outside Middleburg. The loop rides are either 38 or 43 miles (+2,000’). 

We’ll be staying about 5 miles outside Middleburg proper, but several of your ride options for the next several days go through the town and you’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy its shops and restaurants. Loop ride options from our B&B for the next two days are as follows:

-          38 or 44 miles (+2100’)

-          47 miles (+2700’)

On the second point-to-point day (Day 5, Friday, Oct.15), we’ll make our way to Warrenton, where we'll spend three nights. Driving, it’s less than 25 miles from Middleburg. But if you’re pedaling point-to-point, you’ll be taking the less traffic-y scenic route. Your ride choices are as follows:

-          30 miles (+1800’)

-          40 miles (+2300’)

-          50 miles (+2600’)

People with cars can choose a shorter loop of 32 miles (+2000’) or extend it to 42 miles (+2200’). (If there is interest, we can add an even longer option.)

The riding from Warrenton is a bit less hilly than what you’ve experienced during the past few days. Ride options for the next two days are as follows:

-          43 miles (+1700’)

-          47 miles (+2000’)

-          48 miles (+2000’)

For people without cars, the last day of riding (Day 8, Monday, Oct. 18), is the toughest day — a 50-mile route through horse country (+3000’) to arrive back at our starting point in Leesburg. Loop options for people with cars will begin in the town of Marshall (a short drive from Warrenton) and range from 42-50 miles (+2500’-3000’). We think that rides beginning in Marshall are among the best anywhere in the country!

WEATHER: October is an excellent month for riding in this area. Daytime temperatures typically are in the high 60s.But our weather is increasingly quirky. On our last day of riding in 2017, temperatures were in the ‘80s. October is typically dry and we had perfect weather every day in 2017. But we firmly believe that having rain gear on hand some how reduces the chance you'll need it.

LODGING& MEALS: Four group dinners are included. One of the dinners will be our first night and the other will be a goodbye dinner in Leesburg, our last night; the others are yet to be determined. A hot breakfast is included every day of the trip. Lunches are on your own, but you'll pass stores and/or restaurants on nearly every route and there's a grocery store in every town we stay over.

We’ll be spending our first and last nights at a Comfort Inn in Leesburg, Va. In Warrenton, we hope that renovations at a very nice bed and breakfast will be completed. If the B&B is unavailable, we’ll spend our three nights in Warrenton at the Hampton Inn (where we stayed in 2017.)

We'll be spending our second, third and fourth nights at the Briar Patch, a delightful bed and breakfast on 47 rolling acres about 4.5 miles outside of Middleburg, Va. It's important that you read these details carefully. While we think this B&B is great, it is not the typical BAC lodging and may not be for everyone.  

What makes the Briar Patch special? The B&B, a historic farm (circa 1805), is a stand-out in many ways. Among them: breathtakingly beautiful grounds, an outdoor hot tub, a fire pit, and a winery next door. A hot vegetarian breakfast will be provided every morning of our stay.

Rooms at the Briar Patch. Each room at the Briar Patch is different and ride leaders will take requests for rooms on a first come first served basis, based on when you register for the trip. (Visit the web site for room descriptions.) About half of the rooms share a bathroom and shower with one other room. (If you are traveling with another couple, ride leaders will be happy to pair you up so you share a bathroom with someone you know.) As is customary for BAC, everyone will pay the same, regardless of the room you happen to be assigned.

Beds at the Briar Patch. Some rooms have king beds and others have queens. But none of the rooms have twin beds. Two people wishing separate beds in the same room may share the $25 cost of a cot rental. (Linens can be changed daily, so you and your roommate can alternate nightly between bed and cot.)

Dinners while we stay at the Briar Patch. The trip price includes one dinner during our 3-night stay in Middleburg. But here's what you need to know regarding the other two nights: The nearest restaurant to the Briar Patch is about a mile away. (More restaurants are in Middleburg, 4.5 miles away.) We are confident that with a little group planning and cooperation, no one will go hungry. Several nice local restaurants have delivery service. There is also cab service into Middleburg, albeit limited, for those who wish to head into town for dinner. Finally, there is the possibility that some ride participants will have cars and can help provide lifts into town for dinner. (Folks shared rides during the last trip and it worked fine.)

LOGISTICS: Leesburg is about 40 miles northwest of Washington, DC and Reagan National Airport, and 15 miles from Dulles International Airport. Free shuttle service to and from Dulles is available from our hotel in Leesburg upon request. Cars and bike boxes can be left at our hotel during the tour. Or you may opt to bring your car with you. Free outdoor parking is available everywhere we stay.

If you prefer to rent a bike, arrangements can be made with Get Out and Go Tours getoutandgo.biz/rentals.html , (571-572-2453 EST). Arrangements must be made directly with the vendor, and are solely the responsibility of the trip participant renting the bike. (Get Out and Go’s website says they rent tandems (as well as road bikes). Unfortunately, we were unable to find any local vendors that rent ebikes.)

COST & ADMINISTRATION:  The estimated cost of this bike tour is $ 1,770, not including the $50 BAC registration fee.  A deposit of $ 1,000 is due upon registration and the remaining $ 770 is due by Aug. 1, 2021. The trip begins at 5:30 p.m Monday, Oct. 11 with a business meeting, social and dinner. Trip price includes lodging (including a $5 tip per room per night for housekeeping), a hot breakfast each morning, snacks, four group dinners, nightly happy hours and maps and cue sheets. Ride leaders will transport luggage for people without cars. The trip ends after breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

This trip will not include sag service. Customary for BAC rides, ride leaders will assume you are a self-sufficient cyclist who can ride the full distance. 

SINGLES AND SOLOS: Singles are welcome!  It is recommended that singles, who want a roommate, try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until Aug.1, 2021 to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the $ 700 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary. The Ride Leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for the ride.

If you prefer not to have a roommate, you may pay a supplement of $700. Payment will be due August 1, 2021. Solo supplement payments need to be paid by check  made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check and mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.

COVID POLICY: To participate in this trip, you must be fully vaccinated by Sept. 25. In addition, we will follow the local rules of the towns and businesses we visit. That means you may be asked to wear PPE in public (including in hotel lobbies), maintain social distance in public and limit social gathering in public according to the state's mandate. Your vaccination will help us stay safe.

CANCELLATION POLICY: The BAC Ride Registration Fee and Payment Processing Fees are not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled because the number of participants registered is less than the minimum established for the tour. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the canceling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. In the event that two people have arranged to share a room but then one cancels, the person who cancelled may be responsible for certain costs that cannot be recouped as well as the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour if another appropriate roommate can’t be found. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.

RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY: Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles.  All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour.  We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up.  Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have, including dietary restrictions.

Before participating in any BAC tour, members should review their medical coverage and consider additional travel medical coverage. BAC maintains a policy that provides limited coverage for medical expenses associated with accidents incurred by USA residents when on tours within the USA. The policy does not cover costs associated with self-quarantines that may be government mandated. Members should also ensure that vaccinations are up to date (e.g., annual influenza, tetanus, etc.) If traveling outside your home country, you may wish to consult with a travel physician or nurse to ensure that the appropriate vaccinations are up to date.

SIGN-UP: To register for this ride, use the sign-up links just above the Ride Description. After preliminary acceptance, you will be moved to the pending list and receive an email requesting you to go back to the BAC site to digitally accept the Release of Liability (ROL), and pay the non-refundable BAC fee ($50) and tour deposit ($1,000) by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. BAC members with questions may contact the Ride Director by "clicking" the name at the top of this Ride Description.


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