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Thanks for a Great Tour

by admin | July 1, 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 12.55.54 PMThe 2014 Bike Virginia tour just wrapped up our ride in central and eastern Virginia. One thousand six hundred riders took park in our weekend of riding and one thousand one hundred of us went on to the second host destination. Thanks to all who joined the Bike Virginia Family this year.  We loved meeting new friends and seeing our favorite traveling companions from years past. Look for photos on our social media sites in the coming days. Riders will also receive a survey in the month of July. Please take time then to vote on your favorite rest stop and to tell us about your trip. Planning is under way for the 2015 tour, look for information here soon! We are heading to Abingdon and Kingsport for one of our tour rider favorites next year.

2014 Rider Arrival Information

by admin | June 16, 2014

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Bike Virginia is almost here! Please look at the Welcome Packet for information on arriving, parking, gear, etc... [caption id="attachment_8365" align="alignright" width="300"]Checking in riders Checking in riders[/caption] This is important information so please take time to review. [caption id="attachment_8442" align="alignleft" width="334"]Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 4.01.30 PM Pocahontas State Park= Headquarters 1. Parking is 4/10 mile from the camp area.[/caption] Thanks! See you in a couple of days.

Show Your Spirit at Bike Virginia 2014

by admin | June 16, 2014

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Each year we have theme days at the Bike Virginia Tour. For the 2014 tour you can join in on the fun by sporting coordinating cycling gear or costumes according to the theme. [caption id="attachment_7692" align="alignright" width="200"]Bikeva2013_social-1-56 Ride on the Wild Side- 3 participants showing their inner animal on the 2013 tour's Jungle Day.[/caption]
Friday- Club Jersey Day - Wear your home club kit on Friday, it's a great conversation starter!
Saturday- Bike Virginia Day! Wear your Favorite Bike Virginia Jersey. Share your photos with us on Instagram and Twitter, #bikevirginia
Sunday- Show off your brightest yellow to support Massey Cancer Center's Cancer Treatment and Research programs.
Monday- Let's get tropical! It's time to show your caribbean flavor, are you a pirate or a hula girl? Best costume gets an ice-cream cone on us!
Tuesday- Wear Orange for Advocacy! Show you're enthusiasm for Virginia's new 3- Feet Passing law and be sure to attend the "3 Sweet Feet" ice cream social at 5pm for a scoop and some fun, sponsored byRoad Holland

Shirley Plantation Tour Tuesday June 24, 2014

by admin | June 13, 2014

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We're offering another fun opportunity to see Virginia's most intriguing places during the Bike Virginia Tour. Take a tour of the historic Shirley Plantation, Virginia's oldest plantation, and America's longest operating family owned business (11 Generations!) 5:00pm departure by Sightseeing bus from Headquarters 2Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 1.40.28 PM 7:30pm return by Sightseeing bus Headquarters 2 Tour is $10 each person. Visit the Hospitality Tent to book your spot. Limited space available.

Thursday June 19 Camping Only Allowed Thru Park

by admin | June 10, 2014

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Hello Bike Virginians! It sounds like many of you are traveling into the area on Thursday night, June 19. [caption id="attachment_7034" align="alignright" width="300"]It takes lots of room to maneuver these guys into place! It takes lots of room to maneuver these guys into place![/caption] If you need camping accommodations for Thursday you must book through the Pocahontas State Park reservation system and camp only in the designated campground on Thursday night. No camping will be allowed in the event area, only our vendors will be allowed in that area to set up their equipment. On Friday morning June 20 you will be allowed to enter the camping area at 10am when the event officially opens. We ask that you please respect this request, the park is very rigid about their allowed usage of the event space. And we must allow space for our vendors to bring in truckloads of equipment across the fields that are used for group camping. Thanks for your understanding on this. We're just as excited to get started as you are! To view information about the park's regular campground visit www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/pocahontas.shtml Wishing you safe and fun travels as you drive, ride, and fly to Bike Virginia, Dr. Kim Perry, Executive Director  

Bike Bucks at Bike Virginia: Thank You for Volunteering

by admin | June 3, 2014

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  [gallery ids="8366,8365,7442,7439,8369,8368"] Bike Virginia relies on a team of over 200 volunteers to make our event great. Without all the loving energy that volunteers bring to the event the ride would not be possible.   Our way of saying Thank You to our volunteers is with Bike Bucks. For every hour you help at the event, we give you a $10 Bike Buck credit which can be used toward purchases in the Bike Virginia store for some of our great merchandise or toward registration for an upcoming event. There are tons of interesting and fun things you can do to help support the event. Right now we need help in the following areas for the 2014 bike event:

  • Check-in
  • Safety Briefing
  • Route Monitors
  • Parking
  • General Headquarters Support
Read descriptions of these roles here... Thanks for considering becoming a part of the Bike Virginia Family!

New Chair for Board of Directors Elected for Bike Virginia

by admin | May 30, 2014

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The Board of Directors for Bike Virginia have elected a new Chair to lead the organization's overseeing board. Peggy White will become the organization's first ever woman Chair. Tom Bowden, Chair for the past 3 year will pass the torch to Peggy on the June 23 Bike Virginia Tour. [caption id="attachment_8356" align="alignright" width="300"]Peggy White, Bike Virginia Chairwoman June 2014. Peggy White, Bike Virginia Chairwoman June 2014.[/caption] Peggy has served on the board for 2 years, and was honored to be selected as the next board leader. She is well versed in business and non-profits, as Peggy is the full time Executive Director of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and operates the regional Visitor Center. Bike Virginia visited the New River Valley in 2011, and Peggy had her first exposure to the organization at that time as she helped make planning preparations for the annual bike tour.  She became a board member shortly thereafter because she saw the impact the event has on communities, and the potential for making very important and lasting change to Virginia through bicycling initiatives. When asked about her passion for the organization Peggy said,  "I love working with Dr. Kim Perry, and working with Bike VA when they were in the NRV was such a great experience I jumped at the opportunity to work with this organization again as a member of the board! I love the vision created by the leaders, and your focus this year to include women to achieve their cycling goals, as I know that this is a national trend. I want to be a part of making the Bike Virginia organization the biking hub for all the biking adventures offered in the state which is very doable with the new website project the organization is developing.  I’m looking forward to being a part of the upcoming fall ride in 2015 that will bring a new upscale experience to riders looking for something unique.  I personally want to be a part of a progressive organization that brings awareness to exercise, healthy lifestyles, showcases the beauty of all the different regions in VA and has fun doing it!" Please join us in a welcome to Peggy at the "Three Sweet Feet" Ice-Cream Social at Bike Virginia. Together we will celebrate her new role and celebrate the passing of Virginia's three foot passing law that will help ensure cyclists more road safety. [caption id="attachment_8359" align="alignright" width="300"]Peggy working with volunteers on a community garden project in Pulaski County Peggy  (second from right in front row) working with volunteers on a community garden project in Pulaski County[/caption]  

GoMacro Joins Bike Virginia as Sponsor

by admin | May 27, 2014

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May 2014 GoMacro has joined as a sponsoring partner with Bike Virginia for the 2014 Bike Virginia Tour in June. GoMacro makes the whole food vegan Macrobar using high quality sustainably sourced ingredients. The company was founded by Amelia, on the marcobiotic principle, after a personal search for health and healing. GoMacro is family owned and based in Wisconsin. They started small and have grown a tremendous following. We're delighted to be able to introduce Bike Virginia's family to the GoMacro family. Please take time to read the charming story of how GoMacro got their start and about their core beliefs. gomacro_macrobar_logo Macrobars come in a variety of great flavors and are all natural, non-GMO, gluten free, and are certified vegan; you'll get to sample these tasty bars at the 2014 Bike Virginia tour. Look for GoMacro's products at select rest stops and event check in. Coupons will also be available for you to shop with later. During the event, riders will get a chance to enter a contest for great GoMacro prizes through Twitter. Stay tuned for details! If you'd like to find Macrobars near you, search on their retail locater or order the products online for convenient delivery right to your door. Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.08.23 PM  

Late Registration and Walk In Registration

by admin | May 15, 2014

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[caption id="attachment_7690" align="alignright" width="300"]2013_bva_-2-27 Beautiful hand selected bike routes[/caption] We're closing in on the next Bike Virginia Tour event which is June 20-25, 2014 in the Central and Eastern Virginia region. There's still time to sign up, but the clock is ticking. Regular registration closed May 20th at midnight. Late registration begins on May 22 and continues until the event or until we reach our 1,600 rider cap. As of May 21 we've got over 1,500 cyclists registered to take part. They come from all over the US and Canada, many of them are return riders that love Bike Virginia's style. We offer a casual, fun, cycling adventure with over 400 miles of cycling routes packed into 6 days of exploration. There's something for everyone. From our 30 mile easy cruises to our challenging century (100 mile) bike riders, you'll find something to love about the bike event. Riders love the supportive nature of the event. We offer rest stops every 20 or so miles stocked with food and drink. We have support trucks on the road to rescue you in case of a mechanical problem. Come mingle, meet new friends, get away from the hectic life and see places you'd never find on your own. You're going to love it. We take care of all the details so you can relax and enjoy!

Live Twitter Chat May 20 at 8pm EST

by admin | May 14, 2014

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PRO COACHES AND OUR STAFF JOIN UP FOR A LIVE TWITTER CHAT ON CYCLING TOPICS

Get some fresh ideas and inspiration from cycling experts in a fun, live Twitter Chat. The crew of women bringing you the Harmony In Motion Women's Cycling clinic at the 2014 Bike Virginia Tour are joining together for an evening of bike talk on May 20 at 8pm EST. Ask Questions or provide thoughts, and take part in the discussion about riding, gear, racing, Bike Virginia, and the Harmony in Motion Women's Clinic.
Professional Coaches RaeLynn Milley and Sarai Snyder will be joined by Bike Virginia Director, Dr. Kim Perry, and Cycle with Alpine staff to create a fun and interesting chat session.
The chat is a great way to learn and get inspired.
Log onto Twitter and visit @bikevirginia to take part on Tuesday May 20 at 8pm EST  (7pm CST, 6pm MST) to take part.
The topics are open and will flow along with participants input. If you'd like to join and want some ideas of topics to ask about or comment on, here are some suggestions:
  • Getting started cycling
  • Climbing
  • Descending
  • Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Accessories
  • Pacelines
  • Racing how to
  • Bike fit
  • Bike brands/makes
  • Events
  • The Bike Virginia Tour experience
When logged on Twitter go to the Bike Va Twitter Page @bikevirginia and look for the hashtags: #BikeVirginiaChat,  #BVChat, #harmonyinmotion, #womenscycling, #ridelikeagirl