Based on rider feedback from 2015 we have made some minor changes in offering five routes of varying mileage and challenge so cyclists of all levels can enjoy the beauty of riding through the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
The Century, Metric Century, and Half Century remain largely the same as last year, with most changes being in the last 20 miles to accommodate a new rest stop at Yankauer Nature Preserve. All three of these routes are moderately challenging rides designed for fit cyclists looking for a physical challenge. These routes all include a few short but steep climbs that require strength, stamina, and proper gearing. Please see the detailed route descriptions, maps, and elevation profiles below to make sure these are the routes for you.
We have developed two new routes, the Short Meander and the Long Meander, for riders looking for shorter rides with less climbing. These routes are suitable for casual riders, families with children, or anyone looking for a mellow bike ride. These routes all feature a fully-stocked rest stop at the Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can enjoy a short hike on the Preserve’s trails or just relax for a bit before heading back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party.
All routes include short cuts and end at the historic Bellevue Estate and mansion overlooking the Potomac River. Bellevue offers seeping views of the Potomac River and the Maryland Heights for a scenic backdrop for your well-deserved meal and entertainment. After you have recovered from the ride with the fantastic party at the mansion, we hope you will wander into Shepherdstown before headed home.
Route Descriptions & Cuesheets:
2016 BRC Century – 100.5 Miles, +4279 feet
The Century route (red markings) showcases the very best of the northern Shenandoah Valley. Offering views of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, the Blue Ridge and North Mountain, apple orchards, and rolling farm land, the Century is a mini-tour of the Valley. There are no long or sustained climbs on e route, but there are plenty of rollers and several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the views and descents. Last year’s riders described this as a hilly route, so train accordingly so you can enjoy the ride! We will have rest stops every 20 miles r so to keep you fueled and fresh.
If you want a bit more of a challenge try the Metric Century (white markings) route instead of the Half Century. The route adds about 12 miles of beautiful farmland and just a few more small hills, but lets you say you rode 100 Km in a day! This route also features several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to keep you honest. Three rest stops will fuel your body and the views will keep you inspired.
Half the miles but most of the views, the Half Century (blue markings) allows riders to enjoy most of the views and beautiful countryside as the Century route without so many miles. This is also a hilly route so be prepared to work for those miles. There are no long, sustained climbs, but there are several short, steep pitches over 10% (and one or two over 15%) to make you earn the sweeping views and fun downhill sections. Take your time, enjoy the scenery and the three rest stops, and you will have a great day.
For riders looking for a slightly longer route without all of the hills on the Half Century route, we have an Long Meander (yellow markings) that gets you out into the rolling farmland south and west of Shepherdstown with views of the mountains at a comfortable distance. We will have two rest stops to keep you fueled and fresh before you head back to Shepherdstown and the post-ride party.
The Short Meander (orange markings) route loops northwest of Shepherdstown through gently rolling farmland to Yankauer Nature Preserve where you can refresh your body at our stocked rest stop at around 15 miles and refresh your spirit with a short hike or stroll through the Nature Preserve. The route wanders back to Shepherdstown for more sightseeing, shopping, and the post-ride party at Bellevue Estate.