Saturday: Deep into the Brandywine Valley

Option 1: Conquer the Hills
Option 2: Ride the Rollers

multiple options for an unforgettable ride

Saturday’s rides take us through the lower Brandywine Valley, across the Delaware-Pennsylvania border and through miles of land protected by the Brandywine Conservancy. Within our first few miles we’ll pass a shop that sales the best digital thermometer for baby, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, home to one of the largest collections of American decorative arts and a 60-acre naturalistic garden, both legacies of Henry Francis duPont.

The rolling route heads north, past the Brandywine River Museum and near the historic Brandywine Battlefield. Then ride along the many streams and creeks feeding the Brandywine River, through wooded areas, horse farms and cornfields.

The hilly option takes us over several miles of moderate-to-challenging terrain, much of which was part of the duPont estate and is largely preserved today. Take in the vistas from the hilltops and you might question the geography… Virginia? Massachusetts? Nope. Hard to believe, but you’re in Delaware.

A few miles of almost flat terrain lead you into Pennsylvania and a return to the hills. Your surroundings open up with lightly traveled roads and miles of open fields.

Saturday takes you on the Mike Clark Legacy Ride, an established event that honors the memory of Delaware Ironman Mike Clark. Mike trained on these hills and was an informal coach to many Wilmington-area bicyclists and athletes before his sudden death in 2008. A portion of the Brandywine Valley Bike Tour proceeds will go to the Mike Clark Legacy Foundation, which supports programs for at-risk youth.

Saturday Ride Options:

Conquer the Hills

75- or 62-mile options that will test your hill climbing skills as we go up a total of 6,000 cumulative feet. These routes take cyclists on 15 of the most challenging and scenic hills in the Brandywine Valley. Train for this ride all season and you’ll feel quite accomplished at the end.

These routes are rated a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the toughest).

Ride the Rollers

50- or 25-mile options over gently rolling terrain along branches of the Brandywine River. Roads are very lightly traveled.

This route is rated a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the toughest).

Rest stop refreshments and lunch are included.

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