REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 31ST
In June 2017 our annual Bike Tour will feature bike routes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Our base camps will be located in Buena Vista/Lexington and Staunton for our 6-DAY bike event. If you’re looking for a fun, supported bike tour—a true adventure by bicycle—mark your calendar now for June 23–28, 2017. We’ll host you for 6 DAYS of exploration, relaxation, and camaraderie.
Our riders loved the 6 day format. We kick off the next annual event on Friday, June 23, 2017 . We wrap up on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. We offer 6 DAYS of unique bike routes with only two camp locations. You’ll have more time to relax and enjoy leisurely evenings and mornings without having to pack up your camp. Some bike tours like Ride the Rockies, Cycle Oregon, Bike Florida, and GOBA move 5 or more times in a week. Our riders said they enjoyed more time at each camp; we listened and have built our event around this concept. Two host town locations and 6 DAYS of route choices gives lots of great riding without the hassle of everyday moves.
The routes will be open starting at 7:00 am each day (except Friday which will be 12-noon) and will close at 5:00 pm. Getting on the route is up to you as we do not have a mass start; however, we do ask that you depart by 9:00 am to ensure you are back by the time routes close at 5:00 pm.
Every day we will have different route options, varying from 20 miles up to 100 miles! Choose based on your preferences for distance, the sights, terrain, and points of interest.
Bike Virginia’s Tour events accommodate both recreational and advanced riders. The difficulty rating will be determined closer to the event as routes are finalized. We anticipate a difficulty rating of 6 to 9 on a scale of 1-10 for the 2017 routes. Difficulty will vary daily based on which route option you choose.
Routes are finalized at the Preview Ride in late April. We will assign a difficulty rating to each day of the tour. Route difficulty is rated on a 1-10 scale and is determined by elevation gain (climbing), distance of route, and experience. We will be publishing individual route difficulty for each day in May 2017. Those ratings will be printed in the tour guide that you will receive at registration check-in.
As spring draws near we are getting closer to finalizing all of our routes for June. Several things are coming together such as our rest stops, permits and various other elements that go into planning roughly 400 miles of riding. We are getting great local support and advice that is making this year’s routes some of the best we’ve seen in the history of Bike Virginia! Below you will find the latest info we have on the routes for each day. Keep riding and have fun doing it!
Day One. Welcome to Bike Virginia! Friday is registration day and offers you a chance to kick off your vacation right. Once you’ve checked in you can enjoy our Welcome Ride.As you pedal out you will embark on a journey that was 30 years in the making. Friday’s ride will let you roll down beautiful back roads that flow along the Maury River, a perfect afternoon 30 mile ride to decompress from your journey to the event. The distance of Friday’s ride will be just enough to get the blood flowing but not so much to wear you out. When you get back to camp you can enjoy the camaraderie of friends and fellow cyclists, settle in to grab a bite from one of our food trucks, and listen to the live music as you rest up for what will be one if the best Bike VA’s in 30 Years!
Day Two. Grab some coffee at headquarters and make your preparations for an epic ride. Hop on the bike between 7am and 9am and truly let the journey begin with one of our famous loop ride options. Our team will treat you to rider’s choice of 3 options that day ranging from a short 20 mile distance ride to a metric century that carries you out for some spectacular sights. Elevation changes from 1,100-4,00 feet on various routes. Each route will be marked with color signage to keep you on the right track. Your first destination will be the historic town of Lexington and visits to sites like Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and Washington and Lee University. Civil War buffs will no doubt enjoy a visit to the graves of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. The short route will head back to camp from Lexington and the more adventurous routes will take you to the majestic Goshen Pass where you will be in awe as you watch the mighty Maury River flow through the mountains. As you ride you will be pampered with rest stops full of food, drink, and local flair every 20 or so miles. Any route you choose will be a treat and one that only the wonderful roads of Virginia can provide. After a perfect day of riding, pamper yourself with yoga, massage, or meditation followed by good food, drink, and fun music.
Day Three will take you deep into more natural wonders of the area. Our Sunday route options will travel to the historic Natural Bridge, a unique landmark that George Washington was thought to have surveyed before the revolutionary war. Beyond Natural Bridge you will travel to the quaint town of Buchanan where you can rest by the iconic James River. The shorter route for the day will have 20 miles of riding and elevation change of 1,600 feet. The mid-length route will have a nice 40-60 mile distance for your pleasure. For the longest route distance riders, Sunday will offer the first of our two century routes. This 100 mile ride with 5,500 feet of elevation change will take you to Botetourt County and communities like Fincastle. Each of the routes treats you to some terrific sites for rest stops. Either route you choose will have you smiling the whole way and wanting to stay on the bike for just one more mile. Weekend participants will wrap up their ride this day, they can camp over that night, or head on home with fun memories to carry them through the workdays ahead. Sunday marks mid-point for our six day participants, they will crawl into bed that night with dreams of the great riding left to come in the Staunton community.
Day Four will be event move day. On move day, the entire event packs up early in the morning and relocates to headquarters 2, located in Staunton Virginia (about 40 miles north on I-81). From there you will kick off the second half of the event and enjoy riding from another historic community in the Shenandoah Valley. Routes will include 15 to 60 mile options with 1,500- 4,500 feet of elevation change. For those who rode on our 2010 Knights of the Golden Wheel tour you will rekindle some of the fond memories you have as we ride north of town to the scenic natural limestone tower formations of Natural Chimneys. We will also visit one of the highest rated rest stops on the 2010 tour in Churchville Virginia. Rest stops will be conveniently placed at approximate 20 mile intervals. There will be several length options to choose from on Monday so you can ride as much or as little as you want, depending on what you wish to see or how you are feeling from the previous three days of riding. One of the beauties of Bike Virginia’s format is that you can take a rest day any day you wish. Monday night offers a great chance to head into Staunton to enjoy the historic downtown.
Day Five, get ready! We will have several distance options to choose from that will take you into the George Washington National Forest. Pick a route between 15 and 100 miles with elevation changes ranging from 1,200-7,500 feet. On this day you will ride through small towns like Stuarts Draft and Waynesboro, which sit at the eastern edge of the Shenandoah Valley. Tuesday’s routes include the Tour’s second century route. Rest stops will be perfectly spaced for your food and drink needs approximately every 20 miles. For the adventurous soul you can travel routes that take you high into the mountains as we climb the iconic Vesuvius climb, with its many switchbacks, up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, (our access permit is pending). You will then descend a lovely stretch of road and have a rest stop at the Devil’s Backbone Brewery. Don’t get too comfortable at the brewery as you still have to make another famous climb as you ride past the Wintergreen Resort on your way to Reeds Gap where we will cross the Blue Ridge Parkway again on our way back down to Staunton. Whether you choose the short, medium, or century route you will undoubtedly have a smile when you get back to camp.
Day Six it is! This day is the last day of the tour but it is also probably the most remote of our six days of riding. You will travel back in time as you ride deep into the rural routes of the Shenandoah Valley that are rarely explored by bike. We will have 3 options that day so you can choose if you want to get a short ride in before hitting the road home or settle in for another long day in the saddle as you pedal the metric century. Choose from 25 to 60 miles and 1,500-4,500 feet of elevation change. Because we finish at this second location you can wait to pack up camp until after you ride, your car will be conveniently there for your departure. That’s another uniquely Bike Virginia trait. Day six brings a close to the 30th annual Bike Virginia Tour, a time for hugs, smiles, and dreams of the 2018 Bike Virginia Tour.
Each button below corresponds to a route option available on the day. Click the button to view the route map and elevation profile. You may also export a GPS-compatible file.
Please note that all routes are subject to change and approval by local and state authorities. Route maps are hosted offsite by a 3rd party not affiliated with Bike Virginia.