People Cycling Rides

Civil War History Loop.

This is a Cancelled Ride
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Rick Gallo
Tour Dates
Start Location
Leesburg, VA
End Location
Leesburg, VA
Cost (est.)
$1485 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$800 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
49 mi / 79 km
Avg. Elevation
2725 ft / 831 m
Ride Description

Join us for a late May / early June Civil War History themed bicycle adventure through the States of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. We'll spend the morning of Memorial Day (a rest day) in Harpers Ferry, followed by an afternoon at the Antietam Battlefield (the bloodiest single day in American history). Besides Memorial Day, we have a great tour planned. We start and end this loop ride in Leesburg, VA, pedaling through beautiful rolling countryside which was contested by Union and Confederate forces. We'll cycle through the battlefields of Antietam, Gettysburg and Cedar Creek, as well as several others.  In wars fought before airplanes, the only way from one battle to another was overland with wagon trains or via rivers. The crossroads in this area led not only to Washington, DC and Richmond, VA but to the entire Ohio and Chesapeake Valleys (one such road was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson to connect from DC to Illinois and St. Louis). While we love the Blue Ridge Mountains, their forests were able to conceal legions of soldiers from both sides. Skirmishes and battles regularly occurred throughout this area, to include Miskel Farm, Front Royal, Winchester, New Market, Battle of Monocacy (Maryland) and many others. Troops from both sides kept probing, not only looking to defeat the other, but also forging for supplies with these campaigns resulting in major battles (thr… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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