by admin | April 16, 2014
by admin | January 31, 2014
Taking a bike tour is the ultimate reward for getting in shape and the best fitness goal you can have. Bike Virginia's Annual 6 Day bike tour is perfect to set your sights on for a healthy 2014. We can help you conquer that "I'm going to exercise" New Year's Resolution like never before! Bike riding is an excellent exercise because it's not hard on your joints, it's self paced, it's affordable, you get to be in the great outdoors, and it is super fun! People of all ages, sizes, and abilities can enjoy bicycling. Cycling is one of the best exercises for weight loss and offers mean health benefits. Read more at Weightloss.com.au Getting into cycling can introduce you to whole new world. Many of our riders have stories like Mike Prior, who found his ticket to health and a whole new side of himself when he started cycling.
by admin | January 16, 2014
Cyclists from across the US head to Virginia each year to take part in the Bike Virginia Tour. For some it is the culmination of months of training, for others the tour is a training tool. Whether a great training goal, a prize and reward for hard work in the springtime or a concentrated block of cycling that helps you become a stronger rider, there's nothing else quite like the tour experience. Be surrounded by people understand the joy or riding and cheer when you reach the top of that mountain. The Tour is also a great place to test yourself in a supported environment. Try your first century (100 mile ride) or go for the big goal of riding all of our miles, nearly 410 miles in 2014. This year's tour will feature a double century option, two of the 6 days will offer a 100 mile option. Bike Virginia can be a training tool. Where else can you ride, ride, ride, for 6 days straight on hand selected and supported routes. You can ride, rest, relax and refuel day after day. And see one of top 14 travel destinations in the world in 2014! Cyclists leave Bike Virginia happy, tired, confident, and stronger for the remainder of their cycling season. Don't worry though, you do not have to be an elite athlete to enjoy the tour. We have riders of all ages from 8 to 88 every year. You'll see every kind of bike known. So there's no special equipment or clothing needed. Come with a smile and have a good time. You'll be amazed at how enjoyable bike touring can be. The pace is totally up to you. We open the bike routes at 7am and close them at 5pm. You ride your pace, whether that's fast or slow. [gallery columns="4" ids="7691,7690,7692,7259"]
by admin | May 2, 2013
by admin | April 22, 2013
A well balanced diet is important for all cyclists, regardless of your ride intensity or duration. Eating frequently in the saddle is the key for a steady stream of energy to the muscles. Smart snacking will prevent those up and downs and allow you to power through the course. As a cyclist, if you are hungry your energy levels have spiraled downward - eat up to fuel up! Select whole foods! Whole foods provide cyclists with more nutrients and more money for their wallets than those popular engineered foods. Aim to consume 100-250 calories from carbohydrates during each hour in the saddle.
Christine Turpin, RD, LDN, CSCS www.Nourish2perform.com firstname.lastname@example.org
by admin | March 8, 2013
by admin | January 7, 2013
Christine Turpin, RD, LDN, CSCS writes about nutrition for Bike Va. Good fuel can be the missing link for having great bike rides. See what she has to say about the importance about pre-ride fuel, hydration, and post ride recovery.
by admin | December 31, 2012
More women are discovering the joys of bike riding every day. It's so great to see ladies of all ages, sizes, shapes, and abilities enjoying this great sport. [caption id="attachment_4855" align="alignright" width="300"] Women riders of all ages enjoy riding on the Bike Va tour.[/caption] I've been a rider for over 20 years and spend a lot of time getting new riders into the sport, helping women overcome the common fears and things that intimidate us. That experience is one of the things that makes me love Bike Virginia. I've been Executive Director for 6 years of the tour. Each year I see so many women smiling, laughing, and enjoying the event whether traveling alone or in groups. Here's what some of our lady riders have to say: Gayle, long time Bike Va Tour rider: One of the great things about Bike Virginia is that you never have to ride alone. So, if you are a woman and concerned about being left behind, not being able to keep up, or just feel like doing a slower pace, there is always someone around. This allows you to feel safe while cycling. At the other end of the spectrum, if you feel like really hammering, there is always someone to do that with too! Christy, Bike Virginia participant and volunteer Board Member: I have met lifelong friends on cycling adventures with my girlfriends! We ALWAYS have each other’s backs and are aware of everyone’s locations, abilities on any given day, and food preferences!! And always great tips on where to get cycling gear (full disclosure: I am a Terry skort hoarder) and conversation about many common interests. Thanh, on her first time ride with Bike Va: I rode Bike Virginia in 2011 and it was a blast. At that time in my life I had not participated in many bicycling events and had only done events which were single days and less than 40 miles. I was originally going to ride Bike Virginia with a friend, but she was unable to come on the ride with me. I had the choice of bailing on the event or riding on my own. I decided to ride on my own and can say that I never felt alone. I ended up meeting others while riding or when we went out in the evenings who I did not know before the event, who happened to be on the way to the same restaurant or biking at a similar pace I was. As with all other cycling events I’ve participated in now (which are non-competitive events), I find cyclists at these events to be friendly and very helpful. Strangers would ask if you needed help changing a tire, fixing a chain, and and strangers would cheer you on and encourage you, you as you would do for them too, while you climbed up that big hill that never seemed to end. Bike Virginia was a lot of fun. Jarla, repeat rider that volunteers too: As a medium to slow rider, I especially like that BVA's bike tours are non competitive. Just get out and ride. I always come along someone who's riding at my pace and is good company. The camaraderie keeps me going. Women are willing to share their training tips. I get lots of good ideas from talking to other women at the rest stops, in the shower line, etc. Everyone is very supportive.
by admin | July 23, 2012
In June, 2009, my son, Andrew, my brother-in-law, Fran, and I went on the Bike Virginia 2009 bike ride. That year the tour was from Charlottesville to Culpepper to Orange and back into Charlottesville. I took many pictures, but I will describe our experience with Bike Virginia with the following 5 pictures. Picture 1 is an example of a really nice rest step. It is away from the road, well stocked with water and snacks. It is sometimes so nice, you don’t want to go back bike riding and want to chill more than the time you allotted. Picture 2 another rest stop/lunch break at a fire house. I took this picture with those cleats because Bike Virginia riders read and follow directions. The people at the firehouse didn’t want the bikers to ruin their wood floors with their cleats. Picture 3 is of the Graffiti House, at Brandy Station, Culpepper, VA. We have to remember that in 2009, the theme was, “Journey Through Hallowed Ground”. Yes, we went through several historic places, including Montpelier, James Madison’s home. There was a lot of history on this bike tour. Picture 4 is of a big tent with people. This shows how Orange, VA opened their town for us on a week day. Stores were open later and we had dinner in the big tent and there was music and a good time. The last picture is picture 5. This is a picture of Andrew and I enjoying a few minutes together at a rest stop before we go on with the ride.[gallery link="file" orderby="title"]
by admin | July 17, 2012
Every year as BVA approaches I worry. Can I still climb up the hills? Will I get lost? Will I find anyone with whom to ride? Will packet pick-up at Registration go smoothly? For the past several years I have been in charge of the volunteers who work with me at Registration on Friday and Saturday. That’s usually 45 folks, many repeat volunteers, who work shifts 2 to 8 hours with smiles and great energy. (The ride hasn’t started yet!). I worry about getting the room set up, that the very long day will go smoothly, and that our BVA riders will get their questions answered. There are always last minute items to be put into the packet envelopes. Fortunately, we all rally to get it done before the 2 pm Friday opening. Saturday morning at 5:45 we are back at Registration ready to work again, getting last minute riders signed in. My job would be impossible without great volunteers. As an aging 60+ rider I always doubt if I can muster the energy to bike 5 days through Virginia’s picturesque rolling countryside. But somehow the energy and enthusiasm of 2000 riders propels me to do the distance. There are always riders along the routes who are riding my pace, encouraging me up the hills, and offering to “pull me” when I am dragging. The rest stops are my mini oases, providing food, drink, musical entertainment, and an opportunity to share a few stories. As a camper I meet lots of fellow bikers in all ages, sizes, and abilities. The camaraderie at Tent City adds an additional layer of excitement and fun to the whole BVA experience. Getting lost sometimes happens, even with the well-marked signage. For me it happened just as it started to rain. Fortunately, I was with a fellow rider, who was smart enough to carry his BVA Tour Guide and we were able to figure out the next turn. The term, “It takes a village,” is so true. Now that BVA’s 25th annual ride is over, I can relax - and start worrying about next year!