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Gourmet farm to table cycling event series featuring aid stations on local farms. Inspired by the Italian gran fondo bicycle ride.

Shenandoah 2019

featuring Cornerstone Homes
September 14-15, 2019 — Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA

Overview
Photo Credit: Marty French
 

Thousands of years shaped this stunning landscape, while hundreds of years of history shaped the farms. Step back in time while you take in the scenic views and green rolling hills — this is Shenandoah

 

Event SCHEDULE

All activities at Belle Grove Plantation
336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645

Saturday September 14, 2019

  • 4 to 7pm Free tours of the Belle Grove Plantation Manor House

  • 4:30 to 6:30pm Packet Pickup

  • 6pm Meet the Farmers Dinner in the red event barn(tickets required)

SUnday September 15, 2019

  • 7 to 8am Packet Pickup and Tune-Up Station open

  • 8:30am Farm to Fork Fondo (Piccolo, Medio, and Gran) departs (pre-registration required)

  • 10:30am Ramble Ride departs

  • 11:30am to 6pm Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue (tickets required) and Festival Market (open to the public)

  • 1 to 5pm Live music

  • 5pm Volunteer Competition Awards Ceremony

  • On-site activities: local and cycling industry vendors; free tours of The Manor House for all participants, and self-guided garden and landscape tours of the Plantation.


Featured Sponsor

Cornerstone Homes is a 55+ active adult community builder all about happier, healthier living. The company has been building communities in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana for over 25 years. They are focused on building homes and communities dedicated to the wellness, connection, and lifestyle of of people 55+ of age. As specialists with deep local roots, the folks at Cornerstone Homes have a unique understanding of what truly matters to active adults. Simply put, you want so much more than a house. You want a home that simplifies everyday living, accommodates life changes, and frees you to spend more time doing what you love.

Visit the Cornerstone Homes tent at the Festival Market on the event weekend.


Latest Updates

Ride Details

GRAN - 83mi

MEDIO - 51mi

PICCOLO - 34mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 9mi

Note: All routes are subject to change up to 24 hours before the event

Overview

Fondo difficulty level: Moderate - rolling hills

Part of our mission is to provide achievable challenges to participants of all ages and abilities. Some of our events have routes that are more difficult than others, so we provide general ratings of Easy, Moderate, or Difficult for you to find the events of ours that best suit your goals. 

Note: Our Ramble Rides are always accessible to all levels of riders.


Segment Challenge

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Compete for the coveted Polka Chicken jersey and see how you stack up in our optional age-graded timed segment competition. View the segments and RSVP for the Stages Segment Challenge on the Ride With GPS Event Page.

More information on our Segment Challenge Page.


Gran Fondo
83 miles

More than 4,300 feet of climbing. Dozens of Shenandoah farms. Breathtaking views and challenging ascents nestled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Earn your feast. Dine in style.

DETAILS

  • 6 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 5 timed segments

ROUTE 

 

Medio Fondo
51 Miles

Get up close and personal with Shenandoah agriculture. Challenge yourself on some climbs and take in the views. All of the Gran Fondo experience in a tighter package. 

DETAILS

  • 4 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 4 timed segments

ROUTE 

 

Piccolo Fondo
34 Miles

Rolling hills, working farms, and bucolic vistas of the Shenandoah Valley's distinctive farmland. Your favorite Sunday drive, now on two wheels. We've packed the picnic.

DETAILS

  • 3 Aid Stations at local farms

  • 1 timed segment

ROUTE 

 

Ramble Ride
9 Miles

See some farms and lovely views by bike. Wave to your friends. Cross the finish line. Relax and dine. Happy tummies ride local. 

Details

  • 1 Aid Station at a local farm

ROUTE

 
Prices

STANDARD REGISTRATION

Includes post-ride barbecue, treats along your ride, and much more! (full list of amenities)



Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo
Ramble Ride - Adult
Ramble Ride - Child

Launch Special
Until January 18
$129.99
$109.99
$89.99
$39.99
$24.99

Early Bird
Until August 18
$137.99
$117.99
$97.99
$39.99
$24.99

Regular
Until Sept 8
$147.99
$127.99
$107.99
$39.99
$24.99

Event Week*
Until Sept 13
$159.99
$139.99
$119.99
$44.99
$24.99

 

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and Belle Grove Plantation
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2019 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)



Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
Until Sept 8
$389.99
$369.99
$349.99

Event Week
Until Sept 13
$399.99
$379.99
$359.99

 

Plus $10 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and Belle Grove Plantation
*$20 additional charge when registering on Saturday and Sunday of event weekend


ADDITIONAL MEAL TICKETS

You don't have to ride a bike to have a great time!



Meet the Farmers Dinner
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Adult
Post-Ride Farm to Fork Barbecue - Child

Early Bird
Until Sept 8
$79.99
$29.99
$14.99

Event Week
Until Sept 13
$89.99
$29.99
$14.99

 
Farms

OVERVIEW

Photo credit Renee Sklarew

The historic Shenandoah Valley is nestled between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains in the northern portion of Virginia. It's the largest agricultural producer in Virginia, boasting four of the top five agricultural counties in Virginia.

The Shenandoah Valley is steeped in farming tradition, tracing its roots all the way back to the 1730s when the first settlers came to the area. Growing rapidly, by the Civil War it was considered the “Granary of the Confederacy” and an important strategic region for both sides. Ultimately the war left the farms and fields destroyed, but since then the Shenandoah Valley has returned to and continues its proud agricultural tradition.   


Belle Grove Plantation

Start/Finish
Middletown

Constructed in 1797 by Major Isaac Hite, Belle Grove Plantation's Manor House is a stunning example of Jeffersonian architecture. The Plantation is operated as a historic house museum by Belle Grove, Inc., a non-profit organization. Belle Grove is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of their 27 historic sites. Belle Grove is also a partner in the Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historic Park. Visitors will learn about the Hite family, 18th-19th century architecture, agriculture, slavery, and the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley. Our staff and volunteers are honored to care for this special place and look forward to sharing it with you.

Free self-guided tours are available from 4pm-7pm on Saturday, September 28th.

More information at Bellegrove.org


Valerie Hill WInery

Stephens City

Amazing Virginia history and award-winning Virginia Wine are what you’ll find at Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery. Family-owned and operated, this farm winery was born from a commitment to preserve the rural beauty of the Commonwealth, a desire to build a legacy for future generations of their family, and a passion for Virginia wine. Located just south of Winchester near Stephens City, Virginia, the 18-acre farm is steeped in history. The focus is the Tasting House, a Federal style brick manor house dating back to 1807 and the namesake of the winery — Valerie Hill.

The manor house has been painstakingly restored and many of her rooms are open to the public to enjoy the award-winning wines and lite fare, surrounded by centuries-old architecture.  

More information at Valeriehillwinery.com


Richard's Fruit Market

Middletown

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Richard's Fruit Market is the oldest "country classic" open air farmers market conveniently located on the Richard's fifth generation family farm (est. 1878) in Frederick County, Virginia.

The farm offers everything you need to enjoy a complete meal at home including beef, fruit, vegetables, fresh baked desserts, wine and even pick-your-own flowers for your table — fresh from the farm!

More at RichardsFruitMarket.com.


Valley Roots Farm

Middletown

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Valley Roots Farm uses regenerative, permaculture-based practices to provide nutrient-dense food while improving soil, water, and air quality. The farm's products include pastured-raised chickens for eggs and meat, forest raised pork, salad bar beef, and pesticide free nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

No growth hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides will ever be used. The farm's organic produce includes leafy greens, arugula, beets, carrots, herbs, radishes, tatsoi, apples, pears, and berries. 

Learn more on the Valley Roots Farm Facebook Page.


Woodbine Farm Market

Lebanon Church

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In 1898, Dr. Isaac Brumback purchased Woodbine Farms and laid the foundation for what has become a "Century Farm." In 1926, Dr. Brumback willed the property to his son, Harman, who had already built a home and barn on the property. Harman was married to Miss Fannie Funkhouser of Lebanon Church, VA. They continued to farm while raising their two sons, Henry & Frank. The farm grew in acreage and products, as two more children blessed the family — another son, James, and a daughter, Margaret. The children matured, continued on the farm, and in 1965 the farm became Woodbine Farms, Inc. Only the title changed, as the owners remained in the same family; spirited siblings and parents welcoming each new day. Of course, time has led to the attrition of people and crops. Harman & Fannie have been gone for many years, but the siblings and cousins continue working together to keep Woodbine Farms, Inc. running as the same family farm it has always been.

For more information visit WoodbineFarmMarket.com.


Marker-Miller Orchards

Winchester

The current farm market is on the land that Amos Marker bought back on July 11, 1908. The stone house on the farm dates back to 1811 and is known as "Paxton." Currently, the fourth and fifth generations are farming this land. John D. Marker started planting apple orchards in the 1930s and his family continues to do so today. J. Ralph Marker expanded the orchards and added peaches in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He passed away in 1953, and Ada Marker and Fay Marker-Miller continued the management of the farms and orchards, which is how the name Marker-Miller Orchards originated.

More information at Markermillerorchards.com


Backroom Brewery

Middletown 

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Backroom Brewery is a boutique farm brewery nestled in the heart of the Shenandoah River Valley that began as a herb farm, growing culinary and medicinal herbs for the garden center trade. Their herb farm, Sunflower Cottage, grows 120,000 potted herb plants each spring from seeds and cuttings to sell to other garden centers and to customers. In 2013 they began the process of creating an ordinance in Warren County to accommodate farm breweries. By late spring, the process was complete and Backroom Brewery became the first farm brewery in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. They now have over 20 beer recipes approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the spring, summer, and fall gardens abound and families enjoy the farm, the scenery, the corn hole, the labyrinth, and chalkboards.

More information at backroombrewery.com 


North Mountain Vineyard & WInery

Maurertown

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Discover award winning wines, exceptional mountain vistas, and a storybook setting at North Mountain Winery. From the winery deck enjoy the views of the vineyard site that has been farmed since the 1700s. The first grapes were planted in 1982 and included Chambourcin, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc. North Mountain’s winemaker strives to present a unique array of elegant wines exclusive to the vineyard’s terroir. The elegant and cozy tasting room with fire place offers tastings of their unique wines. Expansive lawns and lovely picnic areas welcome families and well behaved pets, with picnics brought from home. Gourmet light fare is served on the decks and in the great room. Lovely flower gardens invite visitors to stroll and bring their cameras!

More information at northmountainvineyard.com 

Menus

Note: All menus subject to change

Post-Ride
Farm to Fork
Barbecue

By Shaffer's Catering

2019 Menu

All dishes made from scratch, using as many ingredients as possible from local farms.

  • Shaffer’s pork barbecue, seeded buns/slider buns, hot slaw, pork sauce

  • Barbecued kickin’ chicken halves, quartered

  • Vegetarian: Curried chickpeas, potatoes and carrots with jasmine rice

  • Shaffer’s signature baked beans with red peppers

  • Honey glazed carrots with thyme, onions and raisins

  • Seasoned collard greens

  • Bourbon glazed apple cake with local walnuts

  • Iced tea/lemonade/water

Finisher Brew

Provided by Woodstock Brewhouse, local craft brewer
*One pint included with your registration cost for all finishers over 21

Additional Tickets

Included in all ride registrations
Adults: $29.99
Children under 12: $14.99


Meet the Farmers Dinner

Catered by Shaffer's Catering

Sponsored by Elite Performance Team

2019 Menu

Includes local Virginia wine pairings

Passed Items:

  • Summer pizzette with caramelized peaches, goat cheese, arugula and crispy country ham(vegetarian option available)

  • Cheese stuffed jalapenos with apple wrapped in bacon(vegetarian option available)

  • Grilled chicken skewers with spicy peach glaze

Charcuterie  

  • Cheese and charcuterie course featuring local goat cheeses and hard cheeses, sausages, pates, locally sourced breads and flatbread, mustards/jams

Plated Salad 

  • Mixed lettuces/spinach/arugula, roasted heirloom tomatoes, red onion and parmesan croutons with a roasted tomato and fennel vinaigrette

Buffet Dinner

  • Carved herb crusted roast beef with horseradish sauce and local mustard

  • Braised chicken with rainbow carrots, red wine, balsamic vinegar and pearl onions

  • Twice baked potatoes with smoked gouda and chive oil

  • Green beans with compound herb butter

  • Assorted rolls, cornbread, angel biscuits with whipped butter and local jams

  • Vegetable terrine (layered roasted vegetables/tofu/herbed cheese) with pesto vinaigrette(vegetarian option)

Dessert

  • Apple caramel cake

  • Flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis

*Vegetarian and vegan options available

Tickets

$79.99
*Included in First Class Registration


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

Small Bite menus coming Summer 2019

Note: All aid stations are also stocked with ride fuel from GU & Clif Bar


 

DINNER SPONSOR

EPT

Elite Performance Team

Dr. Jan Kasprowicz and his team at New Jersey Chiropractic & Sports Recovery understand and promote the importance of high-quality locally sourced food.

Learn more at eliteperformanceteam.org.

Volunteers

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Wrenegade Foundation channels your donations made at registration into the event host community. Grants and Volunteer Competition cash prizes support the local farms, organizations, and community groups that make the event-host community unique. Your vote for your favorite mission or project in the Volunteer Competition helps us determine how the cash prizes are allocated.

At each Farm to Fork Fondo event, volunteers represent a local farm or charitable organization. From the registration tent to the last aid station, you will be greeted and cheered on by volunteers who are competing to bring the most spirit to the day. Ask questions of the volunteer teams to understand what current project they are working on. At the end of your ride, you will vote to fund your favorite mission or project.

The Volunteer Competition is supported by tax-deductible participant donations to Wrenegade Foundation, sponsors, and 100% of all raffle ticket sales.


Winchester area Temporary Shelter

team purple

The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) provides a safe, temporary, overnight, cold-weather shelter for homeless guests at host sites in Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke counties. WATTS is the only low-barrier shelter for the homeless community for 150 miles. Your vote for Team Purple is a vote to provide a meal, a bed, and fellowship for homeless people during the months of November through March.

For more information visit WATTS-homelessshelter.org


lydia's clothes closet

team blue

Lydia's Clothes Closet is committed to making good, clean clothing available at affordable prices to those in need, encouraging young people to embrace the tradition of volunteering, and uniting the local community in this mission of the heart. Your vote for Team Blue supports a quarterly voucher program that provides food-insecure locals a $25 gift certificate to "shop" for clothing or household goods.

For more information visit the Lydia's Clothes Closet Facebook Page


BELLE GROVE PLANTATION

team red

Belle Grove has just undertaken the restoration of its 1918 Barn. While this extensive project was largely completed in spring 2019, there remains some additional work and maintenance on the building such as additional painting and roof repair. Renovating and opening this barn to the public and for events teaches the community about how barns were constructed and used. A vote for Team Red is a vote to preserve agricultural culture and heritage.

For more information visit BelleGrove.org 


VIRGINIA GLEANING NETWORK

team Green

One major area of food waste in America is in farmers’ fields, where crops that don’t meet top-grade quality are left to rot or be plowed under. The Gleaning Network coordinates volunteers, growers, and distribution agencies to salvage this food for the needy. In 2018, the Virginia Gleaning Network collected and distributed 16,188,683 pounds of fresh produce. The 30,684 dedicated volunteers gleaned nutritious produce from farmers’ fields and orchards after the harvest. Your vote for Team Green is a vote to connect nutritious, locally grown produce with food insecure individuals that would otherwise go to waste.

For more information visit EndHunger.org 


Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum

team Orange

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum mission is to spark curiosity and inspire learning through exploration and creative play. The museum is expanding the Pollinator Plaza Exhibit, which emphasizes the importance of pollinators in natural environments and caters to visitors of all ages with over-sized, stuffed models of the life cycle of bees, large climbing honeycomb models, a bee-keeper dress-up station, educational honeycomb-shaped wall panels, a waggle-dance mirror and floor graphics, as well as a live, hive-box colony of honeybees. Your vote for Team Orange is a vote to increase awareness and appreciation of the incredible beauty and importance of pollinators to local farming and our food supply.

For more information visit DiscoveryMuseum.net


Travel Info

Travel Information

Directions

All activities at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645

Note: there are other sites in Virginia named Belle Grove, so please double check your GPS before you join us to make sure you're heading to Middletown.

Free onsite parking

 

EVent PARTNER HOTEL

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Fairfield Inn and Suites Strasburg Shenandoah Valley
At the Fairfield Inn & Suites Strasburg-Shenandoah Valley you'll find clean and comfortable accommodations, friendly service and smart amenities offered at affordable prices. Located off of I-81 and I-66, you'll be six minutes by car to our event venue, Belle Grove Plantation. Enjoy clean and well-designed guest rooms and suites with a 32" LCD HDTV and travel-friendly amenities like free high-speed Internet, indoor heated pool, fitness room, and business library. Start your day off right with our complimentary delicious hot breakfast or enjoy a snack anytime of the day at the 24/7 Market. The Farm to Fork Fondo participant rate of $139/night is available Saturday and Sunday of event week. To reserve, please call the hotel for a reservation at 540-465-1600 and mention that you’re a Farm to Fork Fondo participant. Reservations must be made before August 11, 2019 to assure this great rate.

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Hopewell House Bike & Bed
The Hopewell House Bike & Bed is the culmination of the love of people and cycling. The Watson’s traveled from the DC area for years to ride their bikes in a safe and less congested area. They fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley – the beautiful scenic roadways, the people, the food, and the fresh air while pedaling miles throughout the valley. When they viewed the house for the first time, literally the first thing they said as they entered the front door was, “This is beautiful; it feels just like a Bed & Breakfast!” Clearly, that idea never went away and morphed from the idea of a traditional Bed & Breakfast, to more closely align with their passion for cycling into a “Bike & Bed.” Their hope is people enjoy the beauty of valley, slow a bit to relax and take a break from the daily hustle and bustle. The Hopewell House Bike & Bed is located in Strasburg and only a 10 minute drive to Belle Grove Plantation. To reserve a room please call 703-606-9454.

OTHER LOCAL LODGING OPTIONS

Hotel Strasburg, 11 minutes by car from Belle Grove Plantation: 540-465-9191

Holiday House Strasburg Bed & Breakfast: 540-465-5464

BICYCLE RENTALS 

Element Sports, Winchester

Local bike shop partner Element Sports is offering bike rentals for Farm to Fork Fondo – Shenandoah participants. All reservations include delivery to Belle Grove Plantation on event day. Reserve online here or call 540-662-5744 and mention Farm to Fork Fondo to reserve your bike.

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