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The Loudoun Rambler

October 31st to November 1st, 2020

Kasey Clark a local farmer/cyclist did this event to raise money to help America’s Routes save the roads that he loves.

He rode 284.07 miles with a total ride time of 23:21:25 at 12.2 mph pace through Loudoun County, Virginia’s gravel roads in an effort to promote and protect them non-stop in a 24 hour period. His solo ride went 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, 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. 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 has raised almost $7000.00 dollars and will help America’s Routes preserve these roads for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and others to enjoy for years to come.


A special thanks to our title sponsors

Thanks Stephen Keller for rain gear from Pearl iZumi

Thanks to the crew at Maverick Bikes & Cafe for pitching in loaner lights for the ride from Light & Motion and also for a sizable cash donation.

Thanks to Salsa Bicycles for the best gravel bicycles on the planet and also for the box of swag for our events, some of which will be on the America’s Routes donation table at the shop in Leesburg.



2nd Annual 1725 Gravel Grinder / Oct. 25, 2020


Here is a sample of still photographs of western Loudoun’s historic gravel roads by Doug Graham. The goal of the America’s Routes project is to document the entire network of roads as they exist today.

Click on a photo to learn more about each location and historic information.

 

Piedmont Fox Hunt 2018/19 Hunt Season

Piedmont Fox Hounds
Piedmont Fox Hounds Huntsman Jordan Hicks keeps the hounds close as he makes his way along Quaker Lane. The oldest fox hunting club in the United States is the Piedmont Hunt, which is located along Newline Mill Road near the Village of Unison. It was founded in 1840. Early settlers brought hounds of various types from Britain, France and Ireland, and, by 1900, the American foxhound was a breed of it’s own. (Photo By Douglas Graham/WLP)

View the complete Piedmont Fox Hunt gallery.

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