The Great Pumpkin Ride FAQ

The Great Pumpkin Ride is a fundraiser, sponsored by the Fauquier Trails Coalition (a local non­profit), for the construction and expansion of trails throughout scenic Fauquier County. The folks you see at registration, at rest stops, our ride marshall(s), and folks driving SAG vehicles are all volunteers, who have generously donated their time and energy to this event.

Thanks for making the 2016 Great Pumpkin Ride a howlingly good time!  This information is for the 2017 GPR.

SAG help number is 540-935-0991.

Click here to go to volunteer opportunities.

Can I register on the day of the ride?

No. Registration for the 2017 Great Pumpkin Ride is online only, and limited to 1,250 riders. Registration will close 11:59 pm on October 7th, 2017, or when we reach 1,250 riders – whichever comes first. For safety and permitting reasons, we cannot add anyone else to the course once we reach 1,250 riders. Registration will start on Bike Reg August 1st at 7:00 am.

 

What’s included in my registration fee?

  • ONE long sleeved technical t-shirt (please size yourself accordingly). There will be NO size switching at registration! For help choosing a size, click Mens or Womans. (If you need an extra Great Pumpkin Ride t-shirt, you can order one for $15-17 in the Merchandise section of registration, up until noon on October 7th).
  • Up to three rest stops (depending on the ride distance you select) fully stocked with the Great Pumpkin foods you've come to know and love.
  • SAG vehicles for rider support and minor mechanical

 

Do you offer any type of group discounts?

 

The Great Pumpkin Ride is sponsored by the Fauquier Trails Coalition, a nonprofit organization, and is a fundraiser for the construction of new trails throughout scenic Fauquier County. As such, we do not offer any group discounts.

Where does the ride start?

 

The ride starts at South 4th and East Lee Streets in Warrenton, VA. Here’s a map:

 

(https://www.google.com/maps/place/E+Lee+St+%26+S+4th+St,+Warrenton,+VA+20186/@38.7116532,­77.796374

 

There is no physical address, but if you right click on the Google map location, and then select "what's here", you will see GPS coordinates.

 

What time is the start?

 

The Great Pumpkin Ride will begin at 9:00 am with rolling starts:

 

  • The 67 mile riders will launch at 9:00
  • The 53 mile riders will launch at 9:30
  • The 32 mile riders will launch at 10:00

 

Can I start before 9:00 am?

 

 

You are welcome to start before 9:00 am. BUT . . . if you decide to start earlier than 9:00 am, we do not guarantee the rest stops will be open when you get there. Here are the hours for the rest stops. Plan your ride accordingly!

 

  • Old Bust Head Brewery (10:00 am 4:00 pm) 32, 53 and 67 mile routes
  • Horeb Church (10:00 am 2:30 pm) 53 and 67 mile routes
  • Remington Baptist Church (9:00 am 12:00 pm)  67 mile route only

 

Am I guaranteed a t-shirt?

 

All registered riders will receive ONE t-shirt. The t-shirts this year are long-sleeved, technical shirts. Please size yourself accordingly when you register on BikeReg. There will be NO size switching at registration! NOTE :We will post the specs for T-Shirts later. If you need an extra tshirt, you can order one in the Merchandise section of our BikeReg registration page up until October 8th).

 

Men's Sizing Chart

Women's Sizing Chart

 

Can I wear a costume?

 

Absolutely! We encourage you to wear a costume (just not one that will get caught in your gears).

 

What’s the route terrain like?

 

The Great Pumpkin Ride is mostly flat to lightly rolling, with some occasional short, moderate hills. And it's all paved roads, so you folks with skinny tire road bikes will be just fine.

 

What happens if it rains on the day of the Great Pumpkin Ride? Can I get a refund?

 

You get to wear your fancy cycling rain gear! The Great Pumpkin Ride is a rain or shine event. There are no refunds if you decide not to ride in the rain.

I'm injured and I'm not going to be able to ride. Can I get a refund?

 

We're sorry to hear that you're injured and hope you're back in the saddle soon. But, we do not issue refunds for injuries or otherwise. Chances are, you'll be able to find someone looking for a transfer registration (see below). If not, your ride fees may be considered a donation to the Fauquier Trails Coalition (see question below).

 

My boss just dumped an unexpected business trip on me. Can I get a refund?

 

Bummer. But, we do not issue refunds (for weather, injury, illness, sudden business trip, etc.). Chances are, you'll be able to find someone looking for a transfer registration (see below). If not, your ride fees may be considered a donation to the Fauquier Trails Coalition (see question below).

 

Is my ride fee tax deductible?

 

Not an easy question to answer . . . and one that's probably best left to an accountant.

 

Here's the IRS ruling on charity ride fees: "If your contribution entitles you to merchandise, goods, or services, including admission to a charity ball, banquet, theatrical performance, or sporting event, you can deduct only the amount that exceeds the fair market value of the benefit received." The whole "fair market value" is a gray area. We leave it up to you (and your tax preparers) to interpret.

 

Do you have a route map?

 

Here is the MAP this year for all three routes.

GPX files (in zip format):

32 mile

53 mile

67 mile

 

 

 

Please, please, PLEASE pay attention to areas on the map marked with a caution triangle, and exercise CAUTION!

 

If it doesn’t feel safe to ride two abreast, it probably isn’t. And riding more than two abreast is not permitted in Virginia (http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/bk-­laws.asp).

 

 

What about cue sheets?

32 Miles

53 Miles

67 Miles

 

If I registered for one distance, can I change to another distance at registration?

 

Yes! If you don’t feel like riding 67 miles that morning, you’re more than welcome to ride 53 or 32 instead. It's not necessary to make a formal change.

 

Is there any place to store my stuff while I’m riding?

 

Unfortunately, we don’t have storage space at registration. Your best bet is going to be your car (unless you like things dangling from your handlebars).

 

Do you have early packet pickup?

 

Yes! You can pick up your Great Pumpkin Ride t-shirt and wristband on Friday, October 27th, from 3:00-7:00 pm at The Bike Stop(http://rideva.com/) in Warrenton on 19 Main Street. You may pick up for friends and/or teammates, as well. If you can't make it on Friday, no worries. You can pick up your t-shirt and wristband at check-in on Saturday morning, beginning at 8:00 am.

 

Will there be SAG support during the ride?

 

Yes! There will be SAG vehicles available for rider assistance and minor mechanical issues (we aren't bike wizards). The Bike Stop Warrenton will be on hand at registration for technical/mechanical issues. SAG support will operate from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

The phone number for help is 540-935-0991.

 

Can my kid ride along in a baby-seat or a kid trailer?

 

Sorry, but no. The roads are not closed for the Great Pumpkin Ride, and we will have 1,250 riders + cars on those roads. Some spots along the course can become quite congested. We want the ride to be safe for all of our riders, so we do not allow baby bike seats or kid trailers of any kind on the Great Pumpkin Ride.

 

Do you allow tandem bikes?

 

Absolutely! Tandems are great fun, and we love to see them on the course. However, if you're riding a tandem, each rider must register separately.

 

Will there be rest stops?

 

There will be three rest stops, each stocked with delicious fall foods and fun!

 

  • Old Bust Head Brewery (10:00 am 4:00 pm) 32, 53 and 67 mile routes
  • Horeb Church (10:00 am 2:30 pm) 53 and 67 mile routes
  • Remington Baptist Church (9:00 am 12:00 pm)  67 mile route only

 

Please note the opening and closing times for the rest stops. We know its fun to hang out (especially at  Old Bust Head Brewing Company), but our hardworking volunteers need to clean up and go home before they turn into pumpkins!

 

 

Where do I park?

 

We are expecting 1,250 riders again this year. Please allow extra time to arrive and park before starting your Great Pumpkin Ride! We have secured permission from the Warrenton Horse Show again this year to use their grounds for parking. Here’s a map:

 

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Please do not park in the Warrenton Farmer's Market parking lot. The Farmers Market loses business when veggie buyers can't find a place to park. Yes, it's the closest parking lot to the Great Pumpkin Ride start. But you have a bike and you're about to ride many, many miles. A few blocks is a good warm-up for you.

 

 

 

 

 Do you allow transfers?

 

Yes, but only until October 7, 2017. NO TRANSFERS after 11:59 pm on October 7, 2017!!! Transfer (new) riders pay a $15 transfer fee (+ a $2.10 BikeReg service fee, just a headsup).

 

The Fauquier Trails Coalition does not broker transfers (sorry folks, but brokering transfers is an administrative nightmare, and we simply don’t have the volunteer staff to handle it). If you want to transfer your registration and/or you’re looking for a transfer, your best bet is to post on our Facebook

(https://www.facebook.com/Fauquier­Trails­Coalition­Inc­.

 

 

Here is the general transfer procedure:

 

Replacement (new) rider

 

  1. Find a rider who is looking to transfer their registration (see above).
  2. Make arrangements to pay the original rider for their entry (The original entry fee transfer must be handled separately and privately between the two parties, and outside of BikeReg. The Fauquier Trails Coalition DOES NOT broker transfers.)
  3. Make sure you get the original rider’s name and confirmation
  4. Go to the Great Pumpkin Ride BikeReg site Registration  and register as a transfer. Fill in your name, address, etc., and pay the $15 transfer fee.

 

You will need to provide four additional pieces of information:

 

  • Original rider’s
  • Original rider’s confirmation
  • The course you’d like to ride (32, 53, or 67 miles).
  • Your t-shirt size (long sleeve, technical size yourself accordingly).

 

Original (old) rider –

 

 

  1. Find a rider who is looking for a transfer registration (see above).
  2. Make arrangements to transfer/receive payment from the new rider for your entry fee. (The original entry fee transfer must be handled separately and privately between the two parties, and outside of The Fauquier Trails Coalition DOES NOT broker transfers.)
  3. Provide the new rider with your name and confirmation
  4. Original riders who transfer their registrations DO NOT receive t-shirts.

 

Once again, there will be NO TRANSFERS after 11:59 pm on October 7, 2017. If you send us an email after October 7th saying you didn’t realize registration was closed, or you’re supposed to be riding with a friend and they forgot to register, or your boss just dumped an out-of-town business trip on (you get the gist, right?), we will feel your pain, but the answer will still be no.

 

After the ride coordinator gets confirmation that an entry has been transferred, the original rider will be removed, and the replacement rider will be added to the final registration list.

 

Do you need volunteers?

 

Yes, yes, a thousand times . . . YES!! We will need volunteers to help in five different areas for the 2017 Great Pumpkin Ride:

 

  • Rest Stops: We need help setting up, filling water/Gatorade dispensers, serving refreshments, directing riders, and cleaning
  • Delivery Drivers: requires a truck or This involves driving supplies to our distribution center, loading supplies into vehicles, delivering and unloading supplies to the rest areas and the start.
  • SAG Drivers: requires an appropriate vehicle. This involves picking up and transporting any riders (and their bikes) with mechanical or other
  • Medical Staff: First Aid training is a must!
  • Ride Marshals: Riding behind the last riders on each ride to be sure everyone is off the course.

 

If you would like to volunteer in any of these areas, please contact us online at  and select the areas where you'd like to help! Click here to go to volunteer opportunities.

 

 

 

Do you have any special hotel rates for the ride?

 

No. But there are several hotels within a mile or two of the start.

 

Is there anything going on after the ride?

There is no official Great Pumpkin party this year.  There are some great places to catch food and drink after your epic triumph however in old town Warrenton, Old Bust Head, Remington, Flint Hilll and  Marshal.  Check out the many restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the area.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook ,   (https://www.facebook.com/Fauquier­Trails­Coalition­Inc. twitter (https://twitter.com/FauquierTrailsC) and Instagram (@Fauquier_Trails) for important Great Pumpkin Ride updates.

 

And please share your Great Pumpkin Ride photos use #greatpumpkinride. We'll choose one photo for a free Great Pumpkin Ride registration next year!

 

See you at the start!