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Black Girls Do Bike And Bike Virginia Team Up

by Kim Perry | March 28, 2015

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Welcome Black Girls Do Bike Community

Let's ride together! Bike Virginia is pleased to partner with Black Girls Do Bike for a special riding opportunity for Bike Virginia’s 2015 Tour event June 26-July 1, 2015. Read below for details on this offer and about the event. BDGB Offer Fast Facts:
  • 6 day vacation at 20% savings or weekend ride at 10% savings.
  • Special BGDB Social co-sponsored by Alpine Cycle Connection
  • Commemorative BGDB Bike Virginia women's T-shirt
  • Special meet-up location before and after riding each day
  • Reception- an opportunity for BGDB to gather on Tuesday night
Ride with our 6 day event for just $480, that's a $120 savings, or come for the 3 day weekend for $230. Includes marked routes, rider support, entertainment, well-stocked rest stops, some meals, and much more. You don't have to be a "hardcore" rider to love this event. People of all abilities and ages find it a great time.   What is Bike Virginia and Why Partner with BGDB? Bike Virginia is a statewide advocacy organization that works to make cycling safer, more fun, and more accessible. Our goals are to get more people riding and make biking better for people that live in and visit the region. Our annual event hosts up to 1,600 riders for 6 days of fun on a fully supported bicycle vacation adventure. Riders range in age from 8 to 88. in 2014 we had 10 riders over the age of 80 taking part. Through the event we help communities understand and value cycling and spread the share the road message. Through the event we create opportunities to cycle in beautiful places in a supportive tour environment.  Bike Virginia is excited to work with BGDB because we love supporting women cycling. Riding is great for us for so many reasons and biking is great for communities for health, economy, environment, and transportation.  highlands-boards-withBike_WebOur organization missions are a great match. We Are A Woman Led Organization Our organization is unique in that our Executive Director, Dr. Kim Perry of 8 years and Board Chair, Peggy White of 2 years are both women in a field that is largely male. We work hard each year to bring women to the event so they can experience cycling in the supportive environment of the tour. Bike Tour Vacations: A Wonderful Way to Ride Our routes have easy to follow signage, support trucks, on route mechanics, regular rest stops and much more. It's a great place to test your self, to meet other people that love riding, and get inspired. Routes vary in length and are all loops. Choose from routes of 20-108 miles. Over the 6 days you can ride as many or as few days as you like. If you ride all the longest routes you can enjoy 400+ miles of exploration. Bike at your own pace on carefully planned, fully supported event routes.  The 2015 Tour visits one of the mid-Atlantic’s most sought after cycling destinations, near Abingdon Virginia and Kingsport Tennessee. This region features scenic roads in the rolling hills and valleys of the Highlands of the Blue Ridge. The 2015 route is a Sell-Out-Favorite destination for Bike Virginia. Kingsport_2008_riders This is our 28th year offering great bike vacations. With riders from all over the country and international locations you’ll meet great people that love to ride, just like you do. For this special Black Girls Do Bike program we will host a reception with gifts just for you  and we will have a meet up spot where you can find other riders before and after riding each day. Event Highlights
Lots of great things in store for the 2015 event. Here are a few highlights: The event has lots of features! Read our What’s Included Section on the Registration Page to see more on services.
Rich History and Geography fields_2008 The Virginia Highlands region has great history. Our routes and special outings visit or pass: The Crooked Road Music Trail, the Carter Family Fold, White’s Mill, Davey Crockett’s Birthplace. Special Offer Details for BGDB BGDB community members that register before April 20 will receive a 20% discount on our 6 day registration and 10% on our weekend registration. Discounted prices are $480 for the 6 day tour and $230 for the 3 day weekend event. BGDB members will be invited to a special reception and receive a special commemorative gift. To get this special offer simply visit our registration page and use discount code _________ in the registration form. This discount is good for new registrations for the 6 day tour and weekend tour and must be used by April 20, 2015.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row background_layout="boxed" content_layout="boxed" bg_image_settings="no-repeat" pattern="dont_use"][vc_column width="1/1" anim="none"][bt_video src="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCbRSTdI1pw" preload="none"][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Wellbridge at Bike Virginia 2015

by Kim Perry | March 24, 2015

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Welcome Wellbridge Members!

Bike Virginia is pleased to partner with Alpine Cycle Connection to bring Wellbridge Members a special offer for 25% off riding with Bike Virginia's 2015 Tour.

Ride 6 days for just $450.

Bike at your own pace in this fully supported event on Virginia's beautiful roads in the rolling hills and beautiful valleys of the Highlands of the Blue Ridge.

The 2015 Tour visits one of the mid-Atlantic's most sought after cycling destinations, near Abingdon Virginia and Kingsport Tennessee.

This route is a Sell-Out-Favorite for Bike Virginia. Kingsport_2008_riders

Rider's will enjoy the rich history and warm hospitality as they explore for 6 days on routes up to 400 miles. Our signature on-route signage and careful course selection mean you'll have a top-notch riding experience. This is our 28th year offering great bike vacations. BVA_2008_Rider_Holston_Dam

With riders from all over the country and international locations you'll meet great people that love to ride, just like you do.

Event Highlights

Lots of great things in store for the 2015 event. Here are a few highlights: The event has lots of features! Read our What's Included Section on the Registration Page to see more on services. fields_2008

Special Offer for Wellbridge

Bike Virginia is excited to extend a special 25% discount offer to Wellbridge Members in conjunction with Alpine Cycle Connection. That means you'll get a super price on this 6 day vacation, ride for just $450!

Rich History and Geography

The Virginia Highlands region has great history. Our routes and special outings visit or pass: The Crooked Road Music Trail, the Carter Family Fold, White's Mill, Davey Crockett's Birthplace.

REGISTER TODAY

To get this special offer simply visit our registration page and use discount code ALPINE in the registration form.

This discount is good for new registrations for the 6 day tour only and must be used by April 30, 2015.

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Headquarters Maps 2013

by admin | June 12, 2013

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Headquarters 1 and Check-in- June 21-June 24-am. Glen Maury Park 101 Maury Park Dr Buena Vista, VA 24416 Please camp and park in designated areas only. Click Map to Enlarge.

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Headquarters 2 – June 24pm-June 26-am Greenfield Recreation Park Preston Parkway Botetourt, Virginia 24175 Please camp and park in designated areas only. Click Map to Enlarge.

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            Google Maps available of these address at http://bikevirginia.org/destinations/headquarters-and-camp-bike-virginia-locations-2013/

Experience the Natural Bridge of Virginia

by admin | May 7, 2013

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Special Offer for Bike Virginia participants -- Save 30% on Natural Bridge Only Admission!

Experience the beauty and wonder of the Natural Bridge along the Cedar Creek Nature Trail, see live colorful butterflies in the Indoor Butterfly Garden, then visit the Monacan Indian Village and Wax Museum! natural bridge drama of creation natural bridge hotel 2 natural bridge Guests must visit and use their online ticket by 6/30/13. Offer can also be purchased at the Ticket Desk on the Natural Bridge event days, June 24 & 25 only. Show your tour number to save. Not valid with any other offer or discount. Visit www.naturalbridgeva.com, select Natural Bridge Only quantities, enter "9430" in the promo code field to receive your discount. butterflies Butterfly_Blue_Moon_Web

Tubing on the Maury River

by admin | March 22, 2013

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Enjoy an afternoon of Maury River Tubing courtesy of Twin River Outfitters! Our 1 1/2 mile river tubing trip makes for a great way to cool off after a morning bike ride and typically takes 1 1/2 to 2 hours to complete. This trip conveniently departs from the Glen Maury boat landing and has great current and plenty of fun easy rapids to enjoy. Just sit back and enjoy the river as the current floats you down to the take out. Walk-ups accepted based on reservation availability. Best advice is to book on-line to guarantee a spot. Minimum age for insurance reasons is 6 years old.   EmilyTubing Price: $20 per person. What to bring: Dress in a shorts and tee shirts or bathing suits, and appropriate river footwear. Correct footwear is tennis shoes or river sandals with ankle straps, NO BARE FEET ALLOWED for your safety. Where to meet: Trip meets and departs from the Glen Maury River boat launch by River Road Bridge behind the BikeVA check in area. Reservations: http://bookeo.com/twinriver?category=2116URF9J13D842BD721 Trip Dates / Times: Friday June 21 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 20 slots each time Saturday June 22 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 20 slots each time Sunday June 23 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 20 slots each time

Kayaking the Upper James River Water Trail

by admin | March 22, 2013

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Kayak the scenic Upper James River Water Trail courtesy of Twin River Outfitters!  This 6 mile trips takes about 2  1/2 hours to complete once on the water and makes for a fun and relaxing afternoon after a morning of biking.  The trip features incredible mountain views and good current with plenty of Class I & II rapids to keep it exciting.  Trip departs from Twin River Outfitters river front location in Buchanan, VA and paddles down stream to the Arcadia boat landing.  Minimum age 10 years old, will allow 8 years old w/ parent or guardian. All required shuttles to and from the Botetourt Sports complex included. Price: $32 per person plus tax. Reservations: http://bookeo.com/twinriver?category=2116URF9J13D842BD721 Trip Dates / Times: Shuttle Bus departing from the Botetourt Sports Complex at 1:30, estimated return time around 5:30 PM Monday June 24, 2013 1:30 PM shuttle, 25 slots Tuesday June 25, 2013 1:30 PM shuttle, 25 slots

Going to Goshen: A Bike Route to Remember

by admin | March 19, 2013

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It's hard to say which route on the 2013 Bike Virginia tour will be the best bike ride, but I have a bet that riders will vote for the Goshen Pass experience on Saturday's "Great Historic Detour" route. You are sure to find all of the Maury River charming, but Goshen Pass takes the cake for beauty in my opinion. I remember seeing the pass several years ago for the first time and being shocked that I was actually in Virginia. The pass has a very "west" feel. I won't spoil the surprise you are going have by telling you more. A visit to Goshen will be part of the 64 mile "Pink" signed loop on Saturday June 22. View the map on Ride with GPS here. Not only does the route visit Goshen, but you will see some of Virginia's classic historical sites including downtown Lexington, Washington & Lee and Virginia Military Institute. The ride is a great mix of history made by man and mother nature.   Photo provided by Rockbridge Tourism The Goshen Pass Natural Preserve is Virginia's oldest managed natural area. The conservation area was created to protect the views of the river along the 3.7 mile long gorge. The natural area is also rich in heirloom plant life. "Among them are outstanding examples of chestnut oak forest, pine-oak-heath woodland, rocky riverside scrub communities, a state-rare damselfly called the Appalachian jewelwing, and several rare plants," (Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2013). Goshen Pass hosted a kayaking race in March 2013. Kayakers enjoyed runoff from recent snows and rain during the event. See some kayak racing photos from the event at Blue Ridge Life. Hiking and fishing are popular activities in the pass. If you want to take a day off from the bike or do a short ride in the morning, this would make a great, close-by outing (23 miles from headquarters). View a map of the trails and natural area here.  Interested in history? You might enjoy reading about how the Maury River got it's name. More on our blog post What do the What do the Maury River and the Moon Have in Common?

Headquarters and Camp Locations Bike Virginia 2013

by admin | January 30, 2013

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Where is camp and headquarters for Bike Va 2013?

The 2013 Bike Virginia Tour is visiting the Blue Ridge, just west of central Virginia. We will kick off the tour on June 21 in the Buena Vista/Lexington community. We will ride loop rides from that location on June 21, 22, and 23. On Monday June 24 we depart for Botetourt in the Greater Roanoke region. We'll return to Buena Vista on Wednesday June 26 where the ride concludes. Below are the headquarters and camp addresses. All ride activities including check in and bike routes begin and end at headquarters

Headquarters and Camp # 1 Bike Virginia 2013

Starting and ending location for headquarters and camp for June 21 and June 26- Glen Maury Park, Glen Maury Park Road, Buena Vista, Virginia 24416. View Larger Map

Headquarters and Camp # 2 Bike Virginia 2013

Destination headquarters and camp for June 24-26 Greenfield Recreation Park, Preston Parkway, Botetourt, Virginia 24175 View Larger Map  

Where’s 2014

by admin | November 29, 2012

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Lots of people are asking! Where will the 2014 Bike Virginia Tour be? The 2014 Tour will be held June 20-25. We have not announced the location yet, but we are heading East for the first time in 6 years! Details to come soon. Sign up for email or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for up to the minute details. [caption id="attachment_5336" align="alignright" width="300"] Beautiful View from above Buena Vista, the 2013 tour location.[/caption]

The Riding: Bike Virginia Tour

Riding takes place Friday through Wednesday. Riders can choose to sign up for single days or multiple. Most days will include 2-3 route options providing you a choice of distance and difficulty. Monday and Wednesday will be one way routes and may offer only 1 route choice as these are "move days", a day when the entire event relocates to our next host community or returns to the starting location. Planning for the 2014 routes is underway. Look for details before our December registration opening.  For an example of what the ride is like, please see the pdf tour guide book from a past event.        

Alpine Cycle Connection: Bike Virginia Hotel Tour Central Reservations

by admin | November 15, 2012

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Alpine Cycle Connection:  Managing Bike Virginia Tour Hotel Central Reservations

NEW for 2013 - Bike Virginia Tour is pleased to announce that it will be working with Alpine Cycle Connection regarding hotel accommodation bookings for the 2013 ride. Alpine Cycle Connection comes to us with over 18 years of experience in the support of cycling events in the Western United States. We welcome the support they are bringing to the participants and host communities of BVT.

Making Reservations Seamless and Comprehensive

Alpine Cycle Connection LogoAlpine Cycle Connection will fulfill the role of central reservations for BVT and provide a true one stop shopping experience for registered participants to find the best hotel deals. Their services also include hotel baggage delivery service. Alpine Cycle Connection will be coordinating bus service back to the starting point for those participants wishing to retrieve their vehicles after moving to the 2nd headquarters. Participants who have registered with the Bike Virginia Tour will have an opportunity to submit their request for hotels, motels and B&B’s. Requests must be submitted through Alpine Cycle Connection's website and will be handled on a first come first serve basis.

Hotel Reservations Open December 1st

Alpine Cycle Connection will begin taking reservation requests on Saturday, December 1 @ 8 AM EST. Please visit cyclewithalpine.com for more details.