• Arrive 10:30 am
• Speech 10:45 am
• Rolling 11:00 am
The Ride: Introduction
My two loves are cycling and wine, so it's time to combine them. I have made arrangements with the owner of North Gate Vineyard to start a ride from the vineyard and end there with a picnic and wine.
The Ride: Detail
This is an Advanced Level ride with a cue sheet (and a Garmin file - GPX or TCX will also be available). No lead, no sweep. It is in Purcellville (aka Northern VA wine country). Vines grow on hills, so there will be some good hills to climb! It is 30 miles, and there will be limited stops. We will mostly keep to 15 mph, but again, there are hills.
Click here for the route:
I will have printouts with me the day of the ride as well
What to bring:
• Change of clothes for the tasting room.
• Full water bottles so you are prepared to go 18 miles before refilling.
• Picnic-type food (fruit, cheese, deli meats, bread, veggies) keep it in your car for the after picnic (in some kind of cooler of course).
• Cash or credit card to purchase a glass, a bottle, or do a tasting.
What not to bring:
• NO outside alcohol (ABC law prohibits this!! It's very serious in terms of the liquor license of the venue!!)
The Meeting Spot:
North Gate Vineyard (https://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=16031+Hillsboro+Road%2C+Purcellville%2C+VA%2C+20132%2C+us)
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
Park in the grass, yes you heard right, in the grass to the right of the sign. Do not park up at the tasting room.
The Ride After The Ride:
Picnic in the tasting room!
Ride Level Chart:
A note about our ride levels. We try to accommodate all levels of cyclists with different types of rides. We just ask that you come to the ride that suits your current riding ability the best.
Introductory Level :
If you haven't ridden a bike in a number of years (or are uncertain of your abilities on a bicycle).
Beginner Level :
If you can easily ride your bike for 10 miles (distance) with some minor hills at a comfortable pace (10+ to 12+ mph).
Medium Level :
If you can do 20 miles pretty easily at a moderate pace (13 to 15+ mph).
Advanced Level :
If you can do 20++ miles easily at a 15+ pace and / or handle various challenges as rain, night riding, or other odd cycling situations.
The Fine Print:
An RSVP of 'YES' is your digital signature and means you have read and understood MEETUP.com's "Terms of Service : Section 6.2 " found HERE (http://www.meetup.com/terms/) and NOVA-CBG's "Assumption of Risk Agreement" found HERE (http://files.meetup.com/1557670/NOVA-CBG_WAIVER.pdf).
Remember that helmets are required to participate in all NOVA-CBG rides. NO Helmet, NO ride, NO exceptions. All riders ride at their own risk and with the understanding that cycling is an inherently dangerous activity. When coming to the meetup you do so voluntarily and are ready and able to participate in the ride as described under the conditions of the day.
Be on time for the "pre-ride" preparation. This is when we check to make sure you have all the required equipment and the last chance for you to make sure your bike is ready for the ride. We will also talk through the route for the day and review basic safety instruction for group riding as well as other important topics. If you do not attend the pre-ride preparation, you will not be allowed to participate on the ride, so please be on time as there will be NO exceptions. Please also keep in mind the group's cancellation policy when you RSVP.