Kasey Clark Rides Again for
Sunday June 11, 2023
Kasey Clark once again has thrown down the gauntlet and will ride to raise money for America’s Routes.
Western Loudoun farmer Kasey Clark is stepping up in support of the historic roads he loves and America’s Routes efforts to preserve them. Clark will attempt to ride 182 miles with over 10,000 feet of climbing starting at midnight on June 11th. The cyclist/farmer rode over 250 miles of Loudoun’s historic roads back in 2020 in 24 hours, raising thousands of dollars from hundreds of donors who contributed to support his effort. It was such an extraordinary idea and accomplishment that NPR did a feature on his challenge ride to save the roads.
We asked Kasey why he wanted to do this and he said, “I’ve been lucky enough to call these my home roads for the past seven years and I’m constantly reminded of how lucky we are to have them in our community. Using the EX2 1725 Gravel Grinder ride on June 11 as an inspiration, I will set off to ride all distances offered by the event on the same day. I’m hoping to again bring awareness to America’s Routes and ask those in the cycling community and beyond to help preserve the gravel roads of Loudoun County. I will begin riding at midnight and complete the Gravel Grinder’s 40-mile route and then the 60-mile route, with the aim of starting the 80-mile loop with all other 80-mile riders. My total ride will cover 182 miles and 10,739 feet of elevation.”
The cycling community has been a strong source of support for America’s Routes since its inception in 2018. The team at America’s Routes is humbled and thankful to all that have supported us. Of course, a special thank you goes out to Kasey Clark, as he is the kind of person we are so lucky to have living in our community.
America’s Routes would also like to thank the cycling community as a whole for all that they have done over the past few years. Without your hard work and generosity the message of educating people about the value of our historic roads would have died on the vine. Our budget for day-to-day operations and also producing stories and photo essays are a direct result of your generous donations.
Thank you from the entire staff at America’s Routes.
Donate at the button below and show Kasey and America’s Routes some love:
Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder
“The premier event building bridges for all user groups“
Sunday June 11, 2023
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 the very beautiful Foxcroft School just outside in the quaint town of Middleburg. From Foxcroft, riders will embark along a 40, 60, or 80-mile route (Note: routes are currently being adjusted to start and finish at Foxcroft School). The ride will be fully marked and supported, with well stocked rest stops, mechanical and SAG support, and great post-ride food and beer!
Bike the Gravel
September 23, 2023
6th Annual Bike The Gravel: Tour de Conservation Easement
A one-of-a-kind ride on scenic gravel roads and through gorgeous private properties of Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, Virginia.
Put it on your calendar, you won’t want to miss it!
- Featuring a course that’s over 60% gravel.
- New properties never toured on previous rides.
- Something for every level – short, medium length courses, as well as Metric Century.
- Fully supported with SAG Wagons and well supplied rest stops at 3 locations.
- Registration includes pre-ride breakfast and post ride refreshments, including beer!
- Grueling KOM and QOM climb with $500 prize for winners, for those who want to participate.
- Not interested in grueling climb or the $500? Take the bypass and save your legs.
- Begin and end at Buchanan Hall, Upperville, VA.
- Saturday, September 24th, 8:00 a.m. – Staggered start times to be assigned.