Race #3 on the calendar this year is the longest running race on the MABRA Calendar – The 2015 Jefferson Cup.
The Jefferson Cup is a road race held on a 9.8 mile loop just south of Charlottesville Virginia — the home of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson. And a Jefferson Cup is a pewter cup style that Thomas Jefferson designed and had created in 1810. Generally in this part of Virginia, they’re given to commemorate events (graduations, births, awards, etc).
The drawback is that I was going to have to drive to Charlottesville — almost 3 hours away, but at least my race was at 12:30pm, so I didn’t have to wake up at 4am like I did for Richmond. My aunt was in town having just flown in from Grand Cayman, but this time, I had a list to check off of what I wanted to bring, and in which bag I had placed it. To make things worse, we were going to have a nice wonderful beginning of Spring cold snap on the day of the race. It was going to be below freezing here in Northern Virginia, and figuring Charlottesville was at the foothills of the mountains, it could be cold on race day.