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Packing List and Suggestions

by Kim Perry | June 19, 2016

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We get lots of questions about what to pack for a bike tour camping trip. Here are the staff suggestions: Note: because we ride loop rides each day there’s no need to carry these items on your bike.

Camping Supplies:  
  • Tent and sleeping materials
  • Tarp to put beneath your tent
  • Chair (must fit within your bag).
  • Plastic bag for keeping your clothes dry (or drybag style luggage).
  • Second plastic bag for damp or dirty laundry.
  • Shower supplies in a small bag (easy to carry to showers)
  • Camp towel (also can rent towels and chairs).
  • Casual shoes
  • Sweatshirt or long sleeve fleece
  • Pants for cool.
  • Bathing suit
  • Sun hat
  • Book or reading material

Activities- Outings and More- Reservation Information

by Kim Perry | June 13, 2016

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Here are some great excursions to choose from during your Bike Virginia adventure. Shuttles are provided(see bus schedule), but please, feel free to sign up and take your own transportation!!
Fort Valley Ranch Horseback riding and Wagon rides. Saturday and Sunday. Limited to 18 horseback riders and 12 wagon riders.
$30.00per person - Horseback Riding.
$10.00per person - Wagon Ride.
Shoes must completely cover the foot. No sandals, crocks, flip flops etc. Long pants are recommended. Horse riders must be 8 years or older and under 250lbs. No restrictions on wagon rides.
Pay in advance and reserve your spot. 540-933-6633.
Route 11 Outfitters - Kayaking or Tubing on the Shenandoah River! Take a relaxing trip down the Shenandoah to the new Seven Bends State Park.
$25.00 per person. Pay in advance to reserve your spot. 540-459-8823.
Two hour kayaking trip; shuttle leaves headquarters at2:45pm and 4:15pm and 5:45pm. Three hour tubing float; shuttle leaves headquarters at 2:00pm and 3:30pm. Strasburg Dance Party at Summerfest- Take the bus to this fun downtown party. See bus schedule for information.
Winery Tour -Tour 4 of the Shenandoah Valley Vineyards. 40-45mins. at each winery, Tasting fees apply. Tour A-Cave Ridge Vineyards & the Winery at Kindred Pointe. Tour B De Mello & Shenandoah Vineyards. Each tour takes 3 hours. Sign up in advance at hospitality. Limited seating on bus.
Massanutten Resort -Indoor/Outdoor Waterpark Park passes must be ordered online using code BikeVA2016 for 50% Off General Admission. (discount available 06/24 - 07/01). This bus also stops at Cross Key Vineyard.
- Family Adventure Park: $15 Combo Pass (normally $30) - includes a Mega Zip Ride, Climbing Wall, and Summer Tubing (discount available Mon 06/27 - Fri 07/01)
- Golf: Must schedule tee time in advance and then show BikeVA2016 wristband that day. $35 (includes 18 holes with cart at either course) Call 540-289-4919 for tee time. (discount available Mon 06/27 - Fri 07/01)
Downtown Harrisonburg Pub Crawl -Maps, parking and Downtown Guide available at Hospitality. See Bus Schedule for transportation information.
There's also tons of fun to be had around camp after your ride o
r if you choose to take a day off.
2 Dye 4 - TIE-DYE SUNDAY IN WOODSTOCK & TUESDAY AT ROCKINGHAM  Bring your own shirt to tie-dye in your favorite shades. You bring the shirt (white 100% cotton is best) and Bonnie will provide all the rest....great for kids and grown-up kids alike!!! SPACE IS LIMITED; pay in advance; see website for details Far Out Man!
[highlight text_color="" background_color=""]Sunday[/highlight] (This is a correction from Saturday) June 25, 12-2pm & 2-4pm $20.00 - provide your own shirt
Tuesday June 28 12-2pm $20.00 provide your own shirt Massage- Saturday-Wednesday. Sign up at Massage Room. Fees apply. Free Yoga- See activity schedule in tour guide for details. Live Music- Daily at headquarters Jam Sessions- Bring an instrument and join in Sunday and Tuesday evening- Check hospitality for time.
Pool is Open -The W.O. Riley pool will be open in Woodstock. Just a short, but steep, bike ride from HQ in Woodstock. Daily Admission Rates - Ages 5 and under - $3.00, 6-18 - $4.00, 19 and older - $5.00.
Games - Corn Hole, Ladders, Board Games and more are available from Hospitality. Check it out and check them out!
Family Fun Area- New for 2016 we are offering a family camping area with kid's games and a place for the little ones to bike around on the grass. Relax and let the kids play!
Wheel Building Clinic - Sunday 5:30pm, at the Cycles Ed Tent.
Beer and Wine Garden- Afternoons and evenings at Headquarters. Enjoy a beverage with friends at the cash bar area where you can sit in the shade and relax.

Tour Guide–Preview of Print Guide–2016 Bike Virginia Maps

by Kim Perry | June 10, 2016

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When you arrive at Bike Virginia's annual cycling event check-in you are provided a packet of printed maps and daily event details. This is our "Tour Guide." Inside, you will find:

  • Route distances for the day
  • Fun facts about the day's ride
  • Elevation profiles
  • Rest stop hours
  • Rest stop locations
  • Important phone numbers
You may preview a copy, our digital version here   DIGITAL TOUR GUIDE DIGITAL TOUR GUIDE 2016 Arrival details and information on event logistics for participants can be found in our Ride Manual.  

Event Addresses Bike Virginia 2016 Tour– Woodstock and Harrisonburg

by Kim Perry | June 7, 2016

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Bike Virginia 2016 will visit the Woodstock and Harrisonburg communities June 24-29, 2016. We will host 1,600+ participants and volunteers for 6 days of biking and relaxation.
The event begins on Friday June 24, with check-in opening at 10am. Riding begins at 12pm on Friday. Each following day, Saturday through Wednesday riding begins at 7am. Check in is held at Hospitality Saturday-Wednesday from 6am-9am. Walk in registrations welcome!
You can view full event arrival details and logistics information in the 2016 Bike Va Rider Manual. Click here for the Rider_Manual_PDF

Bike Virginia Headquarters Address 1:

June 24–26, 2016

Massanutten Military Academy 614 S Main St, Woodstock, VA 22664


Bike Virginia Event Headquarters Address 2:

June 27-29, 2016

Rockingham County Fair
4808 S Valley Pike Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Rider Manual — 2016 Bike Virginia Tour Event Details

by Kim Perry | June 7, 2016

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The Rider Manual contains important arrival and event logistics information. Each year we create this document to help riders navigate the Bike Virginia experience. We take care of the details so you can relax and enjoy. Please take time to review this document so you can maximize your fun at the event. Inside you will find:

  • Event addresses for Bike Virginia 2016
  • Phone numbers
  • Arrival Details
  • Parking Details
  • Maps
  • Food/Drink Hours and Information
  • Rest Stops
  • Bike Route Hours
  • Much more....
  Download the Optimized PDF File Here Rider_Manual_2016     See you soon!

VeloSante Cycling Services- Concierge Camping, Bike Rental, Shuttle, Etc.

by Kim Perry | May 18, 2016

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VeloSante Cycling Services Joins Bike Virginia 2016

Velo Sante will provide assisted (concierge camping) plus other great services. Read more below. We are excited to partner with Charlton and Lynn at VeloSante to bring new services and great quality support to the 2016 tour. (more…)

See What it is About- Video of the Bike Virginia Tour

by Kim Perry | April 29, 2016

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Video of the Bike Virginia Tour

  Get the real flavor for the fun we have at the famous and beloved 29 year old cycling event in Virginia by watching this video of the Bike Virginia Tour. These images are from the 2015 bike event which was our 28th annual tour. Over 1,200 people joined us for the event. The 2015 event was held in the far Southwest corner of Virginia in the lovely communities of Abingdon and Kingsport in Tennessee. Riders enjoyed seeing sights along the "Crooked Road" music trail, farmland, and interesting historic towns. We camped at 2 beautiful locations, the 4-H center in Abingdon and the Allendale Mansion in Kingsport. Each year we move to a new location and in 2016 we travel to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley which is one of Virginia's great places to ride offering scenic riding on beautiful rolling roads in the countryside. The footage and images are sure to make you eager to ride the 2016 bike event. The 2016 event's first host town in Woodtock Virginia which is a great kicking off point next to a quaint town. Our second location is Harrisonburg Virginia. Both locations offer great restaurants, historic sights, and amazing road riding.

Bike Virginia Activities

When you watch this montage video of the Bike Virginia Tour you'll notice that there is tons of fun happening at the event. Our event feels like a great big family gathering where people meet up to share their passions for cycling and adventure. We do so much in a span of 6 days. Riding is our priority so we craft the finest hand picked routes and then add a ton of off-the-bike fun for afterward. It's a true bike-cation. Ride, relax, enjoy concerts, do yoga, get a massage, read a great book, visit a historical place. Our planning team puts together a full schedule of fun activities for you to chose from.

Photos of 2016 Bike Virginia Tour Routes

To see a preview of the photos from our route planning check out the 2016 Bike Virginia Tour area blog post. Read about the Weekend Bike Routes and the Monday to Wednesday Bike routes in our planner's overviews.

Sneak Peek at the 2016 Bike Routes: Photos

by Kim Perry | April 15, 2016

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The staff and volunteers tested the 2016 Bike Virginia routes in mid April. The route testing trip is part of the logistical process for the Bike Virginia staff as they prepare to host over 1,600 cyclists in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia this summer. Each bike route is hand selected and evaluated to make sure it meets our high standards. The destination is one of the most popular cycling destinations in the east offering amazing views, lush green scenery, farmland, quiet roads for biking, and warm southern hospitality. These photos are from the road and show just how beautiful the ride will be June 24-29, 2916. (more…)

2016 Lodging Options

by Kim Perry | March 29, 2016

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About 50% of Bike Virginia cyclists choose to stay in a local hotel or B&B during the event. The other 50% camp with us at event headquarters in tents, assisted camping areas, or in RVs. Lodging is booked separately from your Bike Virginia registration. Below you will find links to help assist with booking lodging. (more…)

How Does it Work?- A Bike Tour What to Expect

by Kim Perry | March 28, 2016

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Sometimes it is hard to imagine what a day might be like when you are on a bike tour. While every tour has it's unique qualities, a large multi-day tour with 500+ riders will have a general cadence. Below I share both general information about bike tours and some specifics about a day in the life of a Bike Virginia tour participant. (more…)