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Loudoun County Rambler

Cyclist and Farmer’s Charity Ride Will Help Preserve 300 miles of Loudoun County, Virginia’s Historic Gravel Roads.

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Middleburg, Virginia —

A cyclist and organic farmer will ride 300 miles through Loudoun County, Virginia’s gravel roads in an effort to promote and protect them.

Kasey Clark is planning a solo ride that will wind through the heart of some of the nation’s oldest and most beautiful rural roads. These unpaved byways hold the stories of pioneers seeking a new life, of terrible wars fought along these roads, of slavery and the struggle for freedom, of the coming of the era of the automobile and now modern commuters living side by side with farmers. The roads also offer some of the best gravel riding in the world, with rolling hills, roadside country stores, and views of vineyards, farms, wildlife, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Kasey’s ride — the Loudoun County Rambler — will serve as a fundraiser for America’s Routes, an organization dedicated to showcasing the historical, environmental, and economic value of this historic road network. The group shines a spotlight on the benefits of preserving these rural roads and the roadbeds — all while inviting locals and visitors to experience their beauty by car, by bike, on horseback, or on foot.

Kasey, who lives and works along one of these gravel roads, wants to help. He serves as Director of Operations at Bainum Foundation Farm, and spends most evenings and weekends navigating rural Loudoun County by bike. He also likes to ride several challenging races each year, including the Rasputitsa Spring Classic in Vermont, but all of them were canceled this year due to the pandemic.

“My wife and I moved to this area four years ago, and we had no idea just what was in store for us. We’ve ridden bikes across Malawi and Sri Lanka, but have never experienced the kind of riding we get to do right out of our front door in Loudoun County,” Kasey said. “It’s one of the cycling community’s best-kept secrets. We think it’s time to spread the word about this incredible resource and invite others to experience these roads and join the effort in preserving them.”

The Loudoun County Rambler is scheduled for Saturday, October 31. To back Kasey’s efforts, give via the donate button at this link https://americasroutes.com/events/. Any donation, from $25 to $100, will help America’s Routes preserve these roads for cyclists, hikers, equestrians and others to enjoy for years to come.

More about Kasey Clark:

As a son of an American and a Brit, Kasey’s formative years were spent between England and New Jersey. He met his wife, Tonya, in Malawi, Africa, while they were serving in the Peace Corps. The two later moved to Mississippi, where Tonya worked in health care and Kasey taught sixth-grade math and science. After a couple years, they moved to Connecticut, where they worked on sustainable farms. Now, the two operate Bainum Foundation Farm, a 263-acre farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, dedicated to providing food to children and families in Washington, DC’s underserved communities. The two enjoy riding bike together, whether on the roads near their home or on the other side of the world. Kasey is the founder of the VeloPigs, a bicycle social club that adopts and cleans up the gravel roads they so often enjoy riding. Kasey is also an experienced beekeeper, amateur photographer, and colorful storyteller. Follow his bike and farm adventures on his Instagram page (@themadrocket).

More about America’s Routes:

America’s Routes was formed by a group of historians, preservationists, and journalists, to capture the historic value and current beauty of Loudoun County’s rural roads, with the ultimate goal of preserving them. The road network was once one of the largest networks of unpaved roads in the nation. But development has gradually moved west and resulted in more of these roads — some that were traveled by George Washington — to be paved over. The road network was recently deemed eligible for listing on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places. Now America’s Routes is raising money to fund the historical research and make the case to have the roads formally listed on the registries, as the very first road network to be included on the historical registries. Visit AmericasRoutes.com to discover curated history tours, photographs, videos, and short stories from the roads.

CONTACTS:

Kasey Clark | hellokasey@gmail.com| (860) 671-8048

Douglas Graham, co-founder of America’s Routes | wgwildlightphotos1@gmail.com | (540) 467-2277


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