Disclaimer: This recap of our 27 Miles of Loudoun County Gravel Perfection ride contains affiliate links…
265 Miles of Historic Gravel
Bill and I had several group options for our Saturday ride, but ended up doing our own thing. After a relaxing morning while giving the temps a chance to move out of the 30’s, we drove to western Loudoun for 27 miles of gravel grinding. It was 12:30 PM and 48° by the time we rode our Salsa gravel bikes out of the Philomont Community Center parking lot.
Loudoun County has 265 miles of gravel roads, some dating back to the 1700’s, and as we started our ride Bill’s VeloPigs friend Kasey was riding all 265 miles plus the necessary paved connecting roads to raise money for America’s Routes ($6825.92 donated to date) while helping to bring attention to this piece of history. The hope is to get the roads listed on the National Register of Historic Places to prevent these old gravel roads in one of America’s fastest growing counties from being paved. Preserving these gravel roads will ensure enjoyment by outdoor sports enthusiasts for years to come.
Kasey was successful in his endeavor and completed his 284-mile ride with 24,822.83 feet of elevation gain in 23:21:25. Negotiating gravel for nearly 24 hours with that kind of climbing is difficult enough, but doing it while maintaining a 12.2 MPH average speed with zero sleep is mind blowing!
Bill and I had checked in on Kasey’s status via his Wahoo tracking link, but didn’t have his course route so we had no idea if we’d see him. As luck would have it, about nine miles into our ride Kasey and his merry crew came riding over a hill and down Foggy Bottom Road toward us. They were moving at such a fast clip that I only had time to cheer them on and couldn’t get my phone out in time to snap any pictures.
We did; however, stop many other times to take pictures, especially during our first ten miles. With 1,614 feet of elevation gain during the ride, those early stops helped make the ride seem quite easy. Even with a slower than normal average speed of 12 MPH, this ride was pure perfection.
- • Ride Name: 27 Miles of Loudoun County Gravel Perfection
- • Location: Loudoun County, Virginia
- • Start/Finish: Philomont Community Center
- • Course Type: Loop with a tail
- • Distance: 27 miles
- • Time: 2:15:22
- • Average Speed: 12 MPH
- • Elevation Gain: 1,614 feet
- • Elevation Range: 348 to 760 feet
- • Temperature Range: 45° to 61°
- • Ride with GPS: Link to turn-by-turn navigation cue sheet
- • Course Map:
Fun Pictures From Along the Way
No words are necessary, please enjoy the photos…
After we got back to our car, we stepped back in time and had lunch (freshly made to order sandwiches) at the Philomont General Store located next to the Philomont Community Center.
Post-ride Garmin (affiliate link) picture…
Garmin map and charts…
Final Thoughts on the Ride
It had been a few months since I’d ridden gravel and this ride was exactly what I needed. The route Bill laid out wasn’t too long or hilly and the roads were in relatively good shape. Bill and I had a great time and can’t wait to go back with friends for another relaxing day in western Loudoun County.
- • Have you given gravel riding a try? ~ I grew up living on a gravel lane so I rode gravel before it was cool. LOL
- • If you’ve ridden gravel, do you prefer it or road riding? How about mountain biking, where does it fit into this scenario?
- • Have you participated in a fund raising ride or run? ~ I haven’t participated as a fundraiser, but I’ve donated on behalf of many friends running and riding for charities.
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