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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

  • 5 to 7pm Packet Pickup at the Belle Grove Plantation
  • 7pm Meet the Farmers Dinner (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

MEDIO

PICCOLO

RAMBLE RIDE

Note: space is limited to 550 riders and we expect to sell out
Full route announcements coming soon...

Overview

Fondo difficulty level: Moderate

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.


Gran Fondo
75-90 miles

More than 4,500 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

  • 4,500+ feet of elevation gain
  • 6-7 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 4-5 timed segments

ROUTE - COming SOON


Medio Fondo
45-60 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

  • Approximately 2,000 feet of elevation gain
  • 4-5 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 2-3 timed segments

ROUTE - Coming Soon


Piccolo Fondo
25-40 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

  • Approximately 1,000 feet of elevation gain
  • 3-4 Aid Stations at local farms
  • 1 timed segment

ROUTE - Coming Soon


Ramble Ride
8-12 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 - Coming SOON

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 7
$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

 
Featured 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.

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


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 

Backroom Brewery.jpg

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 WInery

Maurertown

North Mountain Vineyard.jpg

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 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'

Small Bite Menus coming soon

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

Travel Information
 

Travel Information

Directions

All activities at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Rd, Middletown, VA 22645
Free on-site parking

 
 

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