I am leading a group of 20+ road cyclists on a three day tour of the Mid-Atlantic states. On day 1, we'll be riding from North Baltimore to Manassas, VA, heading through the Mall in DC. For the life of me, I can't figure out a sensible and safe route out of DC, into VA, and down towards Manassas. I don't know anything about riding in that area other than what I've learned from reading the maps. We're all very experienced road riders/racers, but that said ... I don't want us risking our lives.
1) Any advice on the smartest and most pleasant way to get into VA without having to ride on dirt or get off our bikes?
2) Can anyone point me to a cue sheet for a good route down towards Manassas.
Thank you on both fronts!