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Wrenegade Sports, LLC
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Burlington, VT 05401

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Burlington, VT, 05401
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518.662.0211

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

Shenandoah 2018 presented by Race Roster

May 19-20, 2018 - 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 May 19, 2018

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

  • 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup in the front lawn

  • 7pm Meet the Farmers Dinner in the back lawn (tickets required)

SUnday MAY 20, 2018

  • 6:30 to 8:00am Packet Pickup, Forto Coffee Station 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 open (tickets required)

  • 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.


Latest Updates

Ride Details

GRAN - 80mi

MEDIO - 50mi

PICCOLO - 35mi

RAMBLE RIDE - 10mi

Note: space is limited to 550 riders and we expect to sell out

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.


Official Course Map

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
80 miles

More than 4,000 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

ROUTE 

 

Medio Fondo
50 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

ROUTE 

 

Piccolo Fondo
35 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

ROUTE 

 

Ramble Ride
10 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

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

Early Bird
$119.99*
$102.99*
$85.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After Jan 16
$132.99*
$113.99*
$95.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After April 2
$148.99*
$125.99*
$107.99*
$39.99*
$24.99*

After May 18
$168.99*
$142.99*
$122.99*
$44.99*
$24.99*

*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and
Belle Grove Plantation


FIRST CLASS REGISTRATION

Includes Standard Registration, Meet the Farmers Dinner ticket, Official 2018 Farm to Fork Fondo kit, and more! (full list of amenities)


Gran Fondo
Medio Fondo
Piccolo Fondo

Early Bird
$369.99*
$352.99*
$335.99*

After Jan 16
$382.99*
$363.99*
$345.99*

After April 2
$394.99*
$375.99*
$357.99*

After May 7
$414.99*
$395.99*
$377.99*

*Plus $12 minimum donation to the Volunteer Competition and
Belle Grove Plantation


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
$79.99
$29.99
$14.99

After May 7
$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 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. It was host to Thomas Jackson’s famous defense, earning him the well-known nickname “Stonewall.” 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, May 19th.

More information at Bellegrove.org


Valerie Hill WInery

Stephen's City

Amazing Virginia History...  Award Winning Virginia Wine...

Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery is a family owned and operated farm winery 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 caringly 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 started as.

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 1930's and his family continues to do so today. J. Ralph Marker expanded the orchards and added peaches in the late 1940's and early 1950's. 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 State of Virginia. In the spring, summer and fall, gardens abound, families enjoy the farm, the scenery, the corn hole, the labyrinth and chalk boards.

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 1700’s. 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

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

  • Pasta Salad with Creamy Chipotle Dressing, Smoked Cheese and Sundried Tomatoes

  • Grilled Black Bean Quesadilla with Smoked Tempeh, roasted vegetables, Cilantro Sour Cream Dressing

  • Apple-Radish Slaw with Honey Lime Jalapeno Dressing

  • Stout Simmered Baked Beans with Maple Syrup, Onions and Peppers (vegetarian)

  • Mixed Berry Cobbler with Lavender Infused Whipped Cream

  • Iced Tea/Lemonade/Water

*Vegetarian and vegan options available

Finisher Brew

Provided by Woodstock Brewhouse, local craft brewer
*Free for all finishers of age

Tickets

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


Meet the Farmers Dinner

By Shaffer's Catering

Menu

Includes local Virginia wine pairings

Passed Items:

  • Tuscan Cheese Bruschetta on Crostini with Balsamic Reduction

  • Local Watercress and Asparagus Crepes with Tarragon Crème Fraiche

  • Kite’s Country Ham on Angel Biscuits with Mascarpone Pepper Jelly

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 Beets, Dried Cherries, Roquefort Cheese, Shallot Vinaigrette

Buffet Dinner

  • Carved Roast Beef with Red Wine and Mushroom Sauce

  • Lamb Kebobs with Roasted Tomato Aioli

  • Grilled Chicken Breast with Local Honey/Mustard Glaze

  • New Potatoes with Lemongrass and Dill Butter

  • Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Maple Thyme Glaze

  • Roasted Green Beans with Walnut Gremolata

  • Assorted Rolls, Cornbread, Angel Biscuits with Whipped Butter and Local Jams

  • Vegetable Terrine (layered roasted vegetables/tofu/herbed cheese) with Pesto Vinaigrette

Dessert

  • Peanut Butter Pie with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Filibuster Bourbon Whipped Cream

  • Individual Apple Pies with Candied Ginger and Caramel Sauce

*Vegetarian and vegan options available

Tickets

$79.99
*Included in First Class Registration


Aid Station 'Small Bites'

Valley Roots Farm 

Sweet custard with sugar-cured egg yolk - by Shaffer's Catering
 - Featured ingredient: eggs from the farm
 - Routes: Piccolo, Ramble Ride

Valerie Hill Winery

Crab cakes with local sweet corn and wine tastings - made on the farm
 - Featured ingredients: wine from the vineyard and corn from a nearby farm
 - Routes: Gran, Medio, Piccolo

Marker-Miller Orchards

Apple scones and apples - made on the farm
 - Featured ingredient: apples from the farm's orchard
 - Routes: Gran, Medio, Piccolo

Richard's Fruit Market

Savory pastry of ham, apple, apple butter and onion (non-ham version for vegetarians) - by Shaffer's Catering
 - Featured ingredient: apples from the farm
 - Routes: Gran, Medio, Piccolo

Backroom brewery

Lavender cookies and beer samples - made on the farm
 - Featured ingredients: herbs from the farm
 - Routes: Gran, Medio

Woodbine Farm Market

Fresh Southern biscuits with apple butter, jams and jellies, and apple and cherry ciders - made fresh on the farm
 - Featured ingredients: apples and other fruits from the farm
 - Routes: Gran

North Mountain Winery

Mixed vegetable quiche tarts and wine tastings - by Shaffer's Catering
 - Featured ingredients: vegetables and eggs from Valley Roots farm and wine from the farm's vineyard
 - Routes: Gran

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

Volunteers

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In 2017, Wrenegade Sports donated more than $25,000 to local organizations in our host communities via our Farm to Fork Fondo Volunteer Competitions. This year we'll be giving away even more, and your votes decide which groups get the donations.

At each Farm to Fork Fondo event, all the volunteers will be assigned to teams that each represent a different area farm or charitable organization. Teams will compete by making sure each and every cyclist has an awesome day by being creative, enthusiastic and memorable with their interactions with the participants. At the end of your ride, you will vote for your favorite team and determine the size of the cash donations we give.

The Volunteer Competition is supported by sponsors, participant donations and 100% of all raffle ticket sale proceeds.  Learn more on our Volunteer Information Page.


Winchester area Temporary Shelter

team purple

The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides a safe, temporary, overnight, cold-weather shelter for homeless guests at host sites in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties. Established in 2009, WATTS currently hosts homeless guests for 20 weeks during the months of November through March. Faith communities, businesses, and service organizations, along with many private individuals, provide their necessary funding.  All donations, 100 per cent, go directly to WATTS operations.WATTS truly embodies its slogan “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

For more information visit WATTS-homelessshelter.org


lydia's clothes closet

team blue

Lydia's Clothes Closet started as a "work of the heart" from the Strasburg United Methodist Church to provided clean, affordable clothes for those in the community and those affected by tragedy. It has transformed into a community venture to not only provide clothes to those in need, but to also help support local nonprofits who help those who need it most. We have also become an example to our young people on how we can help each other in our community, by offering volunteer opportunities. Which we hope to award scholarships in 2018 for their hearts and hard work.

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


special love

team red

Special Love is a nonprofit organization that provides cancer families a community of support, made up of other patients and families who know and understand the trials and triumphs of the cancer experience. Special Love strives to bring together children with cancer and their families for fellowship, friendship, and fun. Families on the pediatric cancer journey have an ally during and after the cancer experience. Each family member is included in programs: Family weekends give mom and dad a chance to share with other adults, and siblings have a program that gives them the attention they need and an opportunity to make their own friends. Hospitals refer the families of children with cancer to Special Love. The communication among the patient, doctors, family, and Special Love staff assures the best interests of the child with cancer are well-represented and everyone has an understanding of the patient’s needs.

For more information visit SpecialLove.org


Staufferstadt arts

The Staufferstadt Mural Project is an ongoing public-art project, which installs three murals a year in the town of Strasburg. Staufferstadt Arts works with world-renowned muralists who produce work that is location-sensitive and tailored to speak to the community in which it resides on an emotional and/or intellectual level. With the aim of creating a small collection of contemporary mural art, Staufferstadt Arts is building a walkable, outdoor gallery that will serve as an artistic gateway into the county; physically welcoming visitors and spiritually inviting residents to imagine a future where anything is possible. Staufferstadt Arts wants to inspire those who live in and visit Shenandoah County to believe that big things can happen in small towns.  

Are you arriving early? Check out their fundraising event on Friday! 

For more information visit Staufferstadt.org


Lord Fairfax Community College

Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) is a comprehensive, multi-campus public institution of higher education. Through its four locations — the Middletown and Fauquier Campuses, the Luray-Page County Center, and Vint Hill — the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the City of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 7,600 unduplicated credit students and more than 10,450 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.

For more information visit Lfcc.edu

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 on-site parking

 

Area Lodging

Mention Farm to Fork Fondo when you book

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.

Suggested Area Activities

 

Local Partners


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