FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Where does the ride start? What time?
A. The Shenandoah 1200K begins at 4:00a.m. June 6th from the Comfort Inn and Suites, 80 Prosperity Rd, Leesburg, Va
Q. When will registration open?
A. Registration is currently open all entries must be postmarked by June 1, 2013.
Q. Is there a rider limit?
A. Yes, there is only room for 50 riders. Applications are accepted by postmark
Q. What are the qualification requirements?
A. If you were a Super Randonneur in 2010, 2011, or 2012 or completed a 1200K since 2007, you will be qualified by completing a 400K in 2013 before the Shenandoah 1200. If you do not meet the above requirements you will need to complete a Super Randonneur series or equivalent in 2013 before the Shenandoah 1200. Exceptions to these requirements will be handled on a case by case basis.
Q. What is the bag drop policy?
A. Shenandoah volunteers will transport a bag to Harrisonburg and Mt Airy. Bag size cannot exceed 20” X 12” X 12”. Please don't make this an issue by showing up with huge bags.
Q. Can I leave my vehicle, gear, and baggage at the start?
A. Vehicles can be left in the overflow lot of the Comfort Suites (far end of the parking lot). The hotel is providing us with a secured room for storage during the Shenandoah 1200.
Q. What is included in the entry fees?
A. The entry fee includes sleeping arrangements for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd day overnight stays, meals, snacks, and drinks at the staffed control points, Shenandoah 1200 souvenirs, Post ride Party, and 1200K medal upon completion.
Q. What is the refund policy?
A. Refund policy is addressed in the application form.
Q. Is there any support on the route.
A. There could possibly be a secret or staffed control during the day or night, but in the randonneur tradition of self-sufficiency, there will be no sag or on route support. There are numerous stores and restaurants along the route. A list of services along the route will be provided with your rider package. All riders in the Shenandoah 1200 will be expected to follow the Rules for Riders as published on the RUSA Website.
Q. Is personal support crew allowed?
A. Personal support crews are allowed, under the RUSA Rules for Riders, at official checkpoints during the ride. In addition, support vehicles will not be allowed on the brevet course and will need to take an alternate route to the controls. Suggested routes will be available.
Q. What if I want private sleeping arrangements?
A. There are numerous hotels along the route and private arrangements are allowed at the riders cost. All riders must check into control points.
Q. How do I get from the Airport to the starting point.
A. There are numerous shuttles and taxi service available at the airport.
Q. Is the route difficult?
A. Difficulty is a very relative term. Local riders will find it less difficult then many of our shorter brevets. Still, we're sure many others would disagree since the elevation gain will be in the 45-50,000 ft range.
Q. What about the weather?
A. Early June typically brings warm days and pleasant nights hopefully Mother Nature will cooperate and provide the riders 4 perfect days. It should be very pleasant, but heat or semi-tropical storms are always a possibility.
Q. Can you describe the route?
A. The route begins heading north from Leesburg, VA to Gettysburg, PA with a climb over the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland. It then heads west, once again climbing over the mountain to the Antietam Battlefield. Once in the Shenandoah Valley the terrain moderates with views of the Blue Ridge and Allegany Mountains. As the route proceeds south skirting Winchester, VA, the terrain becomes continually rolling as Massanutten Mountain replaces the Blue Ridge on the east. As the route progresses up the valley the rollers increase and the valley narrows. Finally the route climbs up the Blue Ridge parkway and visits Floyd, Va and Mt Airy, NC (Mayberry) before turning around and heading north. After passing thru Roanoke, VA the route follows US 11 (the Mother Road of the Valley) to Harrisonburg, VA. A turn to the east gives riders a gentle route out of the valley over Edinburg Gap to the finish in Leesburg. The Cue Sheets will be provided to the registered riders around June 1, 2013.