We're excited to showcase six amazing Botetourt County farms. Each stop will be different, based on the individual host, but expect to take a nice break, see a little of the farm operation, and learn more about the different types of farming happening in Botetourt County. Click on the links below to learn more about each farm. Products will be available for purchase at many of the farms. Remember, we'll pick up your purchases and deliver them to the finish!
This event combines two of our favorite activities: cycling and eating. After a leisurely rolling start at Stoney Brook Vineyards in Troutville, you'll follow a gorgeous 39 mile loop through scenic Botetourt County, stopping at 6 farms along the way.
At each farm stop, you'll be able to take a short tour before you head out to the next location. Products from each farm will be available for purchase. Your purchases will be delivered to the start/finish at Stoney Brook Vineyards.
We hope you'll have worked up an appetite by the finish, because the ride concludes with a farm-to-table meal, featuring local and regional products. It's a great way to connect with other folks who share your passion for good riding and great food!
The registration fee is $125 per rider and includes a well-marked route, two fully stocked aid stations, a branded wine glass, and a delicious farm-to-table meal almost prepared from food grown in Botetourt County.
** Note: Keep August 21st open for a rain date, just in case!
The Harvest Tour begins with a tour of Stoney Brook Vineyards located at 516 Stoney Battery Road, Troutville. You can start cycling the route anytime between 8:30 am and 9:30am.
The farm-to-table meal will will be available on the "sipping porch" of Stoney Brook Vineyards between 2pm and 4pm. Plan your start accordingly, so you some extra time to chill at the vineyard. There will be live music!
Here's the menu (vegetarian and gluten free options will be available):
Course One: House Salad using all vegetables from our hydroponic farm
Course Two: Chimichurri Williamson Farm Flank Steak with roasted farmer's market vegetables and mashed potatoes
Course Three: Strawberry Rhubarb Breadpudding
Here's the link to the Strava route. We'll email all riders a gpx file of the route a few days before the event. There won't be any mountains to climb, but there's no such thing as a flat road in Botetourt! Expect some hills and significant elevation gain for the route.
At each farm stop, you'll visit with the farmers and get a glimpse of their operations. You will also be able to make purchases at some of the farms. Any items you purchase will be delivered to the finish at Stoney Brook Vineyards.
While the route is mostly on paved roads, there are two short sections of "groomed" gravel -- one 2 mile flat section and a half mile climb and descent. A gravel bike is a great option, but not required! If you wear road cleats, bring cleat covers or pack a pair of alternate shoes for the farm stops. Two of the farm stops will feature aid stations with snacks and water.