Events & Rides


C&O Canal Ride

– White’s Ferry to Point of Rocks Saturday, June 27, 10:00 am

Meet in parking lot past White’s Ferry

The ferry known as Whites Ferry with the actual ferry boat bearing the name, Gen. Jubal A. Early has been in operation since 1786, White’s Ferry is the last working ferry on the Potomac River. A widely used means of crossing the river (and a shortcut) between Maryland and Virginia since its inception. Today, commuters use the ferry daily, where 24 vehicles can be transported at a time for 5 dollars one way of 8 dollars for a round trip. Located off Rt. 15, just north of Leesburg at the White’s Ferry Road intersection.

The C&O Canal towpath has a new crushed gravel surface. Gone are the roots and rocks between Edwards Ferry and Shepherdstown.

Join us for a ride departing from Whites Ferry to Point of Rocks. We will pass by the Dickerson Power Plant with the Olympic kayaking training course. And the Monocacy Aqueduct.

Round trip mileage is 25 miles. Average speed 10 mph. The trail is flat except for brief rises at the locks.

A view of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park from Maryland Heights hiking trail. The historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There’s a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.

Meet us at 9:45 am in the parking lot on the Maryland side of Whites Ferry. Round trip fare for the ferry is $8 CASH. Parking is free.

Dual-sport, fitness, hybrids, and mountain bikes are appropriate.

Riders ride at their own risk. Helmets required.

Please bring a spare inner tube that fits your bicycle’s tires (even if you don’t know how to change your tire).

Please bring water and a snack for our break at Point of Rocks.

National Park rules require helmets, and a bell or horn on your bike.

For more information, email

Saturday Beginner Rides

9:00 am each Saturday, starting July 4

Meet in front of Maverick Bikes & Coffee
Join us for a Saturday morning beginner ride on the W&OD and multi-use trails!

These are fun No Drop rides – ride leader will stop periodically to allow everyone to catch up.

Meet in front of the bike shop for a 9:00 am departure. Please bring a face covering for pre-ride briefing.

Rides will be at an easy pace, average 10-12 mph, on the W&OD west toward Purcellville, or east through Ashburn, depending on the weather conditions, 14-20 miles

Invite your friends to come too. Casual dress is encouraged, spandex optional.

Hybrids, dual-sport, fitness, and road bikes are appropriate.

Carry a spare inner tube that fits your bicycle’s tires, even if you don’t know how to change it.

Please bring plenty of water.

Helmets required.

Cyclists ride at their own risk.

Ride will be cancelled in the event of rain or winds of 20+.

Enjoy a coffee and a pastry or sandwich at Maverick Cafe, located inside the bike shop, before or after the ride. Online ordering is at

For more information, email

Weekly Thurs Morning Casual Ride

Meet in the parking lot at Maverick Bikes & Cafe @ 9:00 a.m.
Come join us for our weekly Thursday Casual Ride! Every week we will ride to a different destination for a break and refreshments.

This fun social ride is a No Drop Ride – no one will be left behind. We will take breaks along the routes.

Ride will be about 10-12 mph, and about 14-20 miles round trip.

We will cycle on the W&OD and on multi-use trails. Feel free to invite friends. 

Please bring water for the ride. All riders should carry a spare inner tube for their bikes (even if you don’t know how to change it).

Helmets required!

Cyclists ride at their own risk.

Ride will be canceled in the event of rain or winds of 20+ mph.


1725 Gravel Grinder to Benefit America’s Routes

Because of COVID 19 the new date is now Oct 25, 2020 / Salamander Resort & Spa / 500 N Pendleton St, Middleburg


Oct 25, 2020 / Salamander Resort & Spa / 500 N Pendleton St, MiddleburgInspired by the growing effort to save Loudoun County Virginia’s network of historic gravel roads from being paved over, EX2 Adventures, a local event production company, has created an endurance cycling event called the Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder.  Scheduled for June 14, 2020, this event will showcase this dwindling, priceless treasure that was featured in a December 2018 EMMY Award winning story “The Long Road Home” by Douglas Graham of America’s Routes and Jay Korff of WJLA/ABC7 news.

The Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder is a scenic bike ride along historic gravel roads in Northern Virginia. Located east of the Blue Ridge, in lush Loudoun Valley, these crushed rock roadways meander through awe inspiring beauty, past stone walls, grand estates, horse farms, wineries, bubbling creeks, tiny hamlets, and significant historical sites. Riding these roads is a sublime experience – like stepping back in time and cycling through history. With over 300 miles of gravel road dating back to the early 1700s, Loudoun County Virginia boasts the largest and oldest intact network of gravel roads in the United States. When settlement in this area officially began in the year 1725, these roads were first used by mills and farms to get goods to market and by settlers to get to town and church. Today these special routes are used by residents, farmers, visitors, equestrians, and cyclists.

The bridge over Panther Skin Creek on Greengarden Road in Western Loudoun County.

The event will start and finish at Salamander Resort in the quaint town of Middleburg.  Salamander is a perfect setting for the event, with plentiful amenities, huge parking areas, and a gorgeous staging area.  From Salamander, riders will embark along a 40, 60, or 80-mile route.  The ride will be fully marked and supported, with well stocked rest stops, mechanical and SAG support, and great post-ride food and beverages.To help preserve Loudoun’s unique and precious gravel roads, 5% of gross ride funds received will be donated to America’s Routes, a group that is advocating to save these historic rural roads from being paved over by development.  Riders may donate additional funds during registration.

For more information, please contact Andy Bacon at , email or visit the EX2 Adventures website at

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