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Loudoun County Rambler

Cyclist and Farmer’s Charity Ride Will Help Preserve 300 miles of Loudoun County, Virginia’s Historic Gravel Roads.

Kasey Clark, a cyclist and organic farmer, will ride 300 miles through Loudoun County, Virginia’s gravel roads in an effort to promote and protect them. (Photo By Douglas Graham)
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Middleburg, Virginia —

A cyclist and organic farmer will ride 300 miles through Loudoun County, Virginia’s gravel roads in an effort to promote and protect them.

Kasey Clark is planning a solo ride that will wind through the heart of some of the nation’s oldest and most beautiful rural roads. These unpaved byways hold the stories of pioneers seeking a new life, of terrible wars fought along these roads, of slavery and the struggle for freedom, of the coming of the era of the automobile and now modern commuters living side by side with farmers. The roads also offer some of the best gravel riding in the world, with rolling hills, roadside country stores, and views of vineyards, farms, wildlife, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Kasey’s ride — the Loudoun County Rambler — will serve as a fundraiser for America’s Routes, an organization dedicated to showcasing the historical, environmental, and economic value of this historic road network. The group shines a spotlight on the benefits of preserving these rural roads and the roadbeds — all while inviting locals and visitors to experience their beauty by car, by bike, on horseback, or on foot.

Kasey, who lives and works along one of these gravel roads, wants to help. He serves as Director of Operations at Bainum Foundation Farm, and spends most evenings and weekends navigating rural Loudoun County by bike. He also likes to ride several challenging races each year, including the Rasputitsa Spring Classic in Vermont, but all of them were canceled this year due to the pandemic.

Kasey Clark, a cyclist and organic farmer, will ride 300 miles through Loudoun County, Virginia’s gravel roads in an effort to promote and protect them. (Photo By Douglas Graham)

“My wife and I moved to this area four years ago, and we had no idea just what was in store for us. We’ve ridden bikes across Malawi and Sri Lanka, but have never experienced the kind of riding we get to do right out of our front door in Loudoun County,” Kasey said. “It’s one of the cycling community’s best-kept secrets. We think it’s time to spread the word about this incredible resource and invite others to experience these roads and join the effort in preserving them.”

The Loudoun County Rambler is scheduled for Saturday, October 31. To back Kasey’s efforts, give via the donate button below. Any donation, from $25 to $100, will help America’s Routes preserve these roads for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and others to enjoy for years to come.

More about Kasey Clark:

As a son of an American and a Brit, Kasey’s formative years were spent between England and New Jersey. He met his wife, Tonya, in Malawi, Africa, while they were serving in the Peace Corps. The two later moved to Mississippi, where Tonya worked in health care and Kasey taught sixth-grade math and science. After a couple years, they moved to Connecticut, where they worked on sustainable farms. Now, the two operate Bainum Foundation Farm, a 263-acre farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, dedicated to providing food to children and families in Washington, DC’s underserved communities. The two enjoy riding bike together, whether on the roads near their home or on the other side of the world. Kasey is the founder of the VeloPigs, a bicycle social club that adopts and cleans up the gravel roads they so often enjoy riding. Kasey is also an experienced beekeeper, amateur photographer, and colorful storyteller. Follow his bike and farm adventures on his Instagram page (@themadrocket).

More about America’s Routes:

America’s Routes was formed by a group of historians, preservationists, and journalists, to capture the historic value and current beauty of Loudoun County’s rural roads, with the ultimate goal of preserving them. The road network was once one of the largest networks of unpaved roads in the nation. But development has gradually moved west and resulted in more of these roads — some that were traveled by George Washington — to be paved over. The road network was recently deemed eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Now America’s Routes is raising money to fund the historical research and make the case to have the roads formally listed on the registries, as the very first road network to be included on the historical registries. Visit AmericasRoutes.com to discover curated history tours, photographs, videos, and short stories from the roads.

CONTACTS:

Kasey Clark | hellokasey@gmail.com| (860) 671-8048

Douglas Graham, co-founder of America’s Routes | wgwildlightphotos1@gmail.com | (540) 467-2277

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Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder

 
 
Because of COVID 19 the new date is now Oct 25, 2020 / Salamander Resort & Spa / 500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg
 
 
CYCLING EVENT CREATED TO SHOWCASE LOUDOUN’S HISTORIC GRAVEL ROADS.
 
 
Historic Gravel Roads of Western Loudoun
 
Inspired by the growing effort to save Loudoun County Virginia’s network of historic gravel roads from being paved over, EX2 Adventures, a local event production company, has created an endurance cycling event called the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder.  Scheduled for June 14, 2020, this event will showcase this dwindling, priceless treasure that was featured in a December 2018 EMMY Award winning story “The Long Road Home” by Douglas Graham of America’s Routes and Jay Korff of WJLA/ABC7 news.
 
 
The Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder is a scenic bike ride along historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia.  Located east of the Blue Ridge, in lush Loudoun Valley, these crushed rock roadways meander through awe inspiring beauty, past stone walls, grand estates, horse farms, wineries, bubbling creeks, tiny hamlets, and significant historical sites.  Riding these roads is a sublime experience – like stepping back in time and cycling through history.
 
 

With over 300 miles of gravel road dating back to the early 1700s, Loudoun County Virginia boasts the largest and oldest intact network of gravel roads in the United States.  When settlement in this area officially began in the year 1725, these roads were first used by mills and farms to get goods to market and by settlers to get to town and church.  Today these special routes are used by residents, farmers, visitors, equestrians, and cyclists.

The event will start and finish at Salamander Resort in the quaint town of Middleburg.  Salamander is a perfect setting for the event, with plentiful amenities, huge parking areas, and a gorgeous staging area.  From Salamander, riders will embark along a 40, 60, or 80-mile route.  The ride will be fully marked and supported, with well stocked rest stops, mechanical and SAG support, and great post-ride food and beverages.

 
To help preserve Loudoun’s unique and precious gravel roads, 5% of gross ride funds received will be donated to America’s Routes, a group that is advocating to save these historic rural roads from being paved over by development.  Riders may donate additional funds during registration.
 

For more information, please contact Andy Bacon at 703-338-3965, email andy@ex2adventures.com or visit the EX2 Adventures website at www.ex2adventures.com.

 
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