by Denise Cohen
Farm Tour Founder
Co-hosted by Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance… Support the Agricultural Reserve! Keep the rural area free for farms and cycling!
*** Please Note: Registration is Closed, Ride is Sold Out ***
Please join Potomac Pedalers and Montgomery Countryside Alliance for the seventh Montgomery County Farm Tour! The Farm Tour, starring our breathtaking Agricultural Reserve, has become one of the highlights of the local cycling calendar. The event features the Reserve’s lovely Rocklands Farm and Kingsbury’s Orchard, where riders converge for the tour’s spectacular and wholesome post-ride picnic. As always, the menu will include delicious gourmet sandwiches, vegetarian salads and our raved-about homemade oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.
“Each weekend, thousands of cyclists escape the city for the fresh air and tranquil open spaces of Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. Minutes from downtown, the Reserve’s country roads offer respite from Beltway backups, Metro delays and 60-hour weeks. Conceived by statute in 1980, the 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve is protected from development policies that seek to fill every space with roads, housing developments, malls and office parks. The Farm Tour is an opportunity for cyclists to meet local growers and to experience the Reserve’s many gifts up close. Come and enjoy the sweet air, sweeping landscapes and quiet country roads by bicycle.”
RIDE DESCRIPTIONS AND START TIMES
Riders will convene at Poolesville Golf Course and choose among routes of 18, 28, 40, 58 and 77 miles. All routes stay mainly on quiet roads and include beautiful scenery and rolling landscapes dotted with the Reserve’s orchards, red barns and silos. Beginners and experienced riders are welcome.
- 77 miles – 8:30 AM
- 58 miles – 9:30 AM
- 40 miles – 10:30 AM
- 28 and 18 miles – 11:00 AM (NO STOP at Rocklands Farm on these two routes)*
*(Novice riders are encouraged to try one of the shorter routes.)
PICNIC LUNCH at Kingsbury’s Orchard – 12 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
ALL ROUTES stop at Kingsbury’s Orchard five miles before ride’s end for the picnic. As always, the menu will include delicious gourmet sandwiches, vegetarian salads and our raved-about homemade oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.
INTERIM REST STOPS
The 28, 40, 58 and 77-mile routes also include stops at country markets, where you can purchase water and snacks. The club will only provide refreshments at Kingsbury’s Orchard and Rocklands Farm. Please bring pocket money and plan accordingly.
REGISTRATION – Closed, Sold Out
This year, registration fees will support long-time Pedalers’ partner, Montgomery Countryside Alliance (MCA), the organization devoted to supporting the Reserve’s farming community, preserving the Agricultural Reserve and Ten Mile Creek, Montgomery County’s last, best stream and the backup drinking water supply for 4.3 million in the Washington, DC region. MCA works daily to ensure the Ag Reserve remains rural and local farming remains viable. Please visitwww.mocoalliance.org for more information.
THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.
This event always sells out! Registration is for the first 450 riders. Prices include post-ride picnic, cue sheets, rest stops with food, SAG (Support And Gear) mechanical support, and a portion of your fee goes directly to support the Montgomery County Alliance for fundraising support for the Agricultural Reserve.
YOU CAN PURCHASE FRUIT AT KINGSBURY’S ORCHARD!
Feel free to purchase a bushel of apples, cider, jams and other goodies while picnicking at Kingsbury’s Orchard. No need to stuff your apples in your jersey pockets! Volunteers from the Montgomery Countryside Alliance will shuttle your purchases from Kingsbury’s Orchard back to your cars from 1:00 PM till 3:30 PM.
There will be NO REFUNDS. For weather-related cancellations and other updates, see the Potomac Pedaler’s Meetup and Facebook pages. But consider the donation will still go to the Montgomery County Alliance!
•Bicycle in good working condition
•Pump and spare tube Suggested Items to Bring With You
•ID with emergency contact info
•Money for farm produce purchases
•Pocket change for interim rest stops
Enjoy the Ride! You won’t see any shopping malls or big box department stores, because you’ll be cycling in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve, where fresh air, farms and quiet country roads are largely protected from the pressures of urban sprawl.
VOLUNTEERS RIDE FOR FREE!
About three dozen (36) volunteers are needed to help with parking, registration, sagging, marshaling and fruit shuttle assistance; you’ll still be able to ride, and we’ll comp your registration. Contact Laurie Welch, Farm Tour Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SAG SUPPORT FROM EVO CYCLE WORKS
- Meet Vic and Arlin, your Evo Cycle Works SAG support team!
- Support and Gear “SAG” vehicles on all routes
- Assistance with flats and light mechanical issues
- Cold water and sport drinks, even snacks!
- Friendly transport for bikes and cyclists
MECHANICAL SUPPORT FROM REVOLUTION CYCLES
CAN’T PARTICIPATE? CONSIDER A DONATION!
If you are not planning to participate in the Farm Tour event but want to join the Potomac Pedalers in raising funds to help the Montgomery Countryside Alliance support the AG Reserve, please consider making your tax deductible donation.
- MCA Advocates for land use policies that enhance agriculture and land preservation in the Ag Reserve, the region hosting our lovely ride;
- Educates about the environmental, economic and recreational benefits of local farmland particularly in the Agricultural Reserve;
- Supports local farms to strengthen our rural economy;
- Celebrates the beauty and abundance of the Agricultural Reserve; and
- Conserves the economic value and rural landscape of the Agricultural Reserve for current and future generations of the region.
Visit Montgomery Countryside Alliance for more information.
We want to thank Denise Cohen for having the vision and energy to have created and managed this event for several years past! She finally gets to ride the Farm Tour!!