Sunday, March 30th 2014
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
The Jefferson Cup Bicycle Race will be rolling in the southern part of Albemarle county just east of Carters Bridge on Sunday, March 30. Over 600 riders are expected to take part and VDOT has asked that local media be aware and inform the public that traffic could be slow in the area of the race. Roads impacted are: Route 20 between Carters Bridge and Red Hill Rd, Secretary’s Rd, Carters Mountain Rd and Blenheim Rd.
Races will cover a 10 mile lap passing by both the Trump and Blenheim vineyards for a variety of distances beginning at 9 am from Walton Middle School. The women’s 50 mile pro race will start at 9 am and finish by ~11:30 am. The men’s 70 mile pro race will start at 2:30 pm finishing about 5:30 pm. This race is the first “must do” bike race of the season with over 600 participants in 9 fields coming from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC and Virginia.
The first series of 3 races starting off from Walton School at 9 am and finishing ~11:30 am on Carter’s Mtn Rd include 50 mile races for men’s category 4, men 50 yrs and older and Pro Women. The next series of races beginning at 12:30 pm and finishing about 2 pm are 30 miles and feature beginner men and women and teenage racers age 15-18. The last series of races starting from Walton School at 2:30 are the 70 miler for the pro men and 60 mile races for men category 3,4 and men age 30 and older. All racers must have a license from the USA Cycling Association and most fields are filled by pre-registration.
The Jefferson Cup Road Race (aka the Jeff Cup) started out over 20 years ago as a small spring training race, 100 participants total with an A and a B race. The race has grown into its current status as the first “must do” race of the season with over 600 participants in 9 fields coming from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC and Virginia. The course went through several different iterations in a variety of locations before settling on the current course rolling through old Virginia estates and vineyards close to Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, Monticello. Some traditions have remained over the years, the Jefferson Cup to the winner as well as the chocolate “biking bunny” and the almost certainty of cold, windy, damp spring weather (although we’re looking to break that tradition this year!).
The race has seen many top racers, including local rider Ben King (North Garden, VA) 2010 US Pro road champion, who rode the Jeff Cup as a junior.
Andrea Dvorak (Crozet, VA ) was on the 2012 Olympics team and raced the Jeff Cup as one of her first races as a college sophomore cat 4. The race presents a chance for many young up and coming racers to strut their stuff and gives all the racers the experience of a top level road race with full motor support and rolling enclosure.