A long one to Leesburg, VA.

Our next ride is scheduled for Sunday June 7th.

Barely shy of 150 miles, Lunch in Leesburg is the longest Ramble I’ve designed. We will start this ride an hour earlier than usual (7AM) and we’ve got nearly 15 hours of daylight to work with. If you can climb rollers and still keep the pedals spinning for a long day, you’ll be home for dinner.

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The route rolls west down Old Frederick rd to Mt. Airy before heading southwest, staying clear of Frederick. Most of this first 50 is larger rolling hills. I’ll be taking it easy and conserving energy. The last big descent is to Point of Rocks and our crossing of the Potomac and into Virginia. The miles down to Leesburg are delightful, mostly flat, and we roll into town using the W&OD Trail. After lunch we’ll get a ride across the river back to Maryland using the White’s Ferry boat, a scenic and fun “rest stop”. From here, we use scenic historic roads taking us east above Germantown at about the 100 mile mark. Our last rest stop is in Glenelg, where we’ll refuel for the final push home.

This is a big ride for sure. But, for someone who’s confidently completed hundred mile rides, I think this is a worthy step up. All of the normal preparations apply, only more so: be sure your bike and body are in the best shape you can get them. Keep your time off the bike as short as possible- bring snacks you can eat while riding. Slow and steady wins the race.

DETAILS:

  • Lunch in Leesburg 150 mi., 8400ft.
  • Date/Time: Sunday June 7th 6:50AM meet-up. 7:05 exit
  • Start: Carroll Park (south corner) STARTMAP
  • Route Map (click EXPORT for GPS files): ROUTEMAP
  • Cue Sheet (print one, or ask me to bring an extra): CUESHEET

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About randoramble

long distance bike rider
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3 Responses to A long one to Leesburg, VA.

  1. Charlie says:

    Careful on Frederick rd in Catonsville, lots of roadwork, very poor condition.
    Good luck

  2. randoramble says:

    I’m excited about tomorrow.

    Some random thoughts:
    • I made myself a time line which may or may not fit reality. Rest Stop Exit times: Mt. Airy: 10AM, Pt. of Rocks:12PM, Leesburg: 2PM, Clarksburg: 4PM, Glenelg: 5:30PM, Baltimore: 7PM
    • Get in/out of rest stops quickly: hit bathroom, fill water bottles, buy snacks for eating while riding, get on the bike and go.
    • Lets be quick at lunch: here’s the menu figure out what you want: http://www.fireworkspizza.com/FW1New/# (alternate: La Villa Roma straight down Royal st.)
    • You’ll need $2 in cash after lunch for the ferry.
    • The bridge at mile 104.8 (W. Baltimore rd) is passable, but only by foot.
    • Regroupings maybe more sparse on this ride. Try to buddy up if you can.
    • Might be good to exchange cell #’s at the start in case riders decide to bail. (I know, I know 😉

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