Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo
Date: October 18, 2020
Time: 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
Location: Courthouse Square, 1 West Main Street, Fincastle, VA 24090
** Update ** – The VBR Fondo has been rescheduled from October 11 to October 18 in the hopes of better weather and thus better experience.
The Virginia’s Blue Ridge Gran Fondo will feature three different routes — 33, 45, and 75 miles. Each route has been carefully created to showcase Botetourt’s 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.
New for 2020! We’ve moved the start/finish to beautiful downtown Fincastle, the county seat of Botetourt County, which is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Come experience the local charm and the cool vibes of this historic village. The post-ride gathering will be at the new 1772 Rooftop on Main.
COVID 19 Updates: We know times are uncertain now due to COVID-19. In the event we have to cancel the ride, we will refund 100% of your registration fee. COVID-19 precautions will be in place. We’ll practice social distancing before and after the ride with masks mandatory when unable to social distance. Aid station food will be pre-packaged and “grab & go” style. The post-ride meal will be boxed for take-out. We’ll have staggered start times based on your route.
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.
The Valley Ride: $50 before 7/15; $60 after 7/15 and until 10/5; $70 after 10/5
The River Ride: $60 before 7/15; $70 after 7/15 and until 10/5; $80 after 10/5
The Mountain Ride: $80 before 7/15; $90 after 7/15 and until 10/5; $100 after 10/5
Registration for all three routes includes VBR Gran Fondo cycling socks, a post-ride meal and beverage, fully-stocked aid stations, and a sweet finisher’s award.