A few weeks ago, we told you about a great new partnership that CulpeperCycling.com has forged with Early Mountain Vineyards. As a result of this partnership, on Saturday, Sept. 14th, we will be hosting another “Taste & Tour” ride but this time from Early Mountain Vineyard in Madison, VA.
For those of you that have yet to experience Early Mountain yet, you truly are missing out on a hidden gem, that even few locals are aware of. Not only is Early Mountain a wonderful, unique vineyard, even the experience is unique. Early Mountain not only feature’s their own wines but also their other favorites, which have been hand-selected from across the state.
The experience doesn’t stop with the wine. Inside is The Marketplace that showcases local food, beverages and other hand-selected artisanal products. Their knowledgable star are local food experts and will guide you through a range of delicious food options, whether you’re looking for a great salad or an unbelievable sandwich, The Marketplace features a full range of lighter bites, which are perfect for sharing.
When: Saturday, Sept 14th, 2o13
Where: Early Mountain Vineyard, 6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA 22727
Ride Time: 10 am
Registration: On site, day of event. All are welcome
This “Taste & Tour” Ride will offer two rides, and appropriate for cyclists of all abilities. We will be offering both a shorter (20 mile) route and a longer (42 mile) route. After the ride, Early Mountain will welcome all cyclists and their guests back for lunch where you can sample wines from Early Mountain and their Best of Virginia collection. All registered riders will receive a discount on food compliments of Early Mountain.
Although this is the shorter of the two routes, don’t be fooled, while the roads of Madison don’t have any real sustained climbs they do offer some short, steep hills. This 20 miler is perfect for anyone that wants a little challenge but still be back in time for lunch.
This great route, features some of Madison, VA’s finest roads and sure to help you work up an appetite. This ride is on mostly rolling terrain, but there are a few short, moderately steep “kickers” in there. There are even two climbs, but they are all fairly tame, each with a length of about 1.25 miles and and average gradient of about 2.5%.