Registration opens 6/1/2022!
Start/Finish: Courthouse Square, 1 West Main Street, Fincastle, VA 24090
Just north of Roanoke and only a few minutes from I-81, the start/finish is in "downtown" Fincastle, the county seat of Botetourt County, which celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2020. Come experience the local charm and the cool vibes of this historic village. The post-ride gathering will be at 1772 Rooftop on Main.
The Ride: The Virginia's Blue Ridge Gran Fondo will feature three different routes -- 33, 45, and 75 miles. Each route has been carefully cafted to showcase Botetourt County's rich scenic beauty and it's warm & welcoming communities. Riders will enjoy the area's natural beauty including the rolling terrain, open farmland, forested mountains, and the James River. Each route will also feature memorable aid stations and charming small towns. This ride will NOT be timed from start to finish. Each route will have several sections that will be chip timed. Ride these sections hard if you want to, then regroup after. You'll still be able to stop and relax at all the aid stations.
The Valley Ride (33 miles), 10 am start
After leaving Fincastle, you'll roll down scenic back roads toward the James River and Buchanan. After an aid station in Buchanan, you'll ride toward Troutville on the gorgeous Bike 76 route, before heading back to Fincastle.
The River Ride (45 miles), 9 am start
This route has it all, including some climbing in the first half of the route! After leaving Fincastle, you'll head north toward Eagle Rock, before looping back over the Timber Ridge climb. A few "bumps" remain before you cross the James River and head to Buchanan. After an aid station in Buchanan, you'll ride toward Troutville on the gorgeous Bike 76 route, before heading back to Fincastle.
The Mountain Ride (75 miles), 8 am start
For those who want more of a challenge in elevation and distance, this route is for you! You'll wind you way from Fincastle on back roads before turning toward the climb of Caldwell Mountain. After several miles of gradual climbing, the road kicks up for 1.5 miles to the summit. The fast, twisting descent will take you into Craig County and your first aid station. You'll ride along beautiful Craig Creek on your way through Oriskany and Eagle Rock, where you will find the next aid station. You'll parallel the James River on your way to the next aid station in Buchanan. From Buchanan, it's a beautiful ride on the Bike 76 route toward Fincastle and the finish.