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Lunch Menus for Bike Va 2013

by admin | March 20, 2013

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Lunch at the Bike Va Tour is included with your event registration. We take feeding you seriously so our menus have been carefully selected to offer nutritious selections that offer a variety tastes and ingredients. In 2013 the lunches will all be served at the end of the routes for the day at headquarters. This convenient location lets you come back from riding and have lunch at your leisure. [caption id="attachment_5228" align="alignright" width="300"]Some lunch with a side dish of fun.  Don't worry, you won't have to sit on the ground unless you want to. Some lunch with a side dish of fun. Don't worry, you won't have to sit on the ground unless you want to.[/caption] Riders sometimes get an early start so we begin serving lunch at 9:30 am. Lunch closes at 4:30 to allow long routes time for completion. On the Century route on Sunday June 23 riders can buy an extra sandwich that will be served to you at the rest stop at mile 52 (Devil's Backbone Brewery). This sandwich can be pre-ordered through our registration system (beginning April 1). We are offering this service for a convenient extra meal for riders that want heavier food than the rest stops offer. See the Menu for the Catered Lunches Below Saturday, June 22nd   Turkey BBQ, Veggie Burgers, Assorted rolls, Black bean croquettes   Potato salad, Coleslaw, Mac & Cheese, Mixed green salad   Fruit, Dessert bar       Sunday, June 23rd   Smoked Chicken Breast, Avocado, Grilled portabella   Eggplant parmesan, Oven roasted potatoes   Italian pasta salad, Mixed green salad   Fruit, Pies & Brownies       Monday, June 24th   Cold cut bar (turkey, roast beef, & ham)   Assorted sliced cheeses, Chicken salad   Assorted breads & trimmings, Chilled grilled mixed veggies   Quinoa salad Mixed green salad   Fruit, Cobblers       Tuesday, June 25th   Fajitas (beef & chicken), Sautéed peppers & onions   Vegetarian black beans, Mexican style rice   Tortillas (flour & wheat), Mixed green salad   Fruit, Dessert bars & cookies       Wednesday, June 26th   Build to order Wraps, Assorted meats & veggies, Assorted breads & wraps   Chilled salads, Mixed green salad   Fruit, Assorted desserts  

Dinner Menu: Bike Virginia Tour All Included Meals Plan

by admin | March 20, 2013

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Dinner is offered as a part of the ALL Inclusive Meals Package on the Bike Virginia Tour. When you choose the all inclusive plan you get both breakfast and dinner as an added service. Enjoy the convenience of a catered meal served adjacent to camp at headquarters. [caption id="attachment_2301" align="alignright" width="200"]Riders enjoying good food at Bike Virignia 2009 Riders enjoying good food at Bike Virginia 2009[/caption] You may also like this meal plan if you are a hotel guest as this is where the ride begins and ends each day. See the Breakfast Menu here... You may add this to your registration during registration or  log back in to change your order up til May 24. (Note: Registration has been extended to June 18, but meals close on May 24) You will need your confirmation number to log back in. Dinner is served from 5:30pm-8:30pm each day: Friday through Tuesday. Friday, June 21st Build your own Nacho & Taco Bar with: Beef, Chicken, Tofu Vegetarian black beans, Spanish rice, Shredded Lettuce,  Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Soft Tortillas, Fresh Fried Tortilla Chips Fresh Baked Cookies & Brownies, Fresh Fruit, Tea & Lemonade   Saturday, June 22nd Maple & pineapple glazed grilled ham Vegetarian option - Baked broccoli and zucchini casserole with Tempeh Sweet potatoes, Buttered corn, Applesauce , Rolls Chocolate mousse, Tea & Lemonade   Sunday, June 23rd Pasta Primavera with Fresh Summer Vegetables Penne Pasta tossed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, White Wine, Garlic and Herbs Smoked Chicken will be available to add to Pasta, Caesar and Garden Salads Fresh Baked Garlic Bread, Fresh Fruit Salad Mixed Berry Shortcake Cups topped with Homemade Whipped Cream Tea & Lemonade   Monday, June 24th Roast Beef au jus Vegetarian option – Curried Chickpeas, Buttered potatoes Green beans, Cinnamon apples, Rolls Assortment of homemade desserts Tea and Lemonade   Tuesday, June 25th Tomato Pork Chopped Pork Barbeque Jamaican Jerk ¼ BBQ Chickens Roasted Corn & Bleu Cheese Salad, Cole slaw Potato salad, Southern Green Beans Brunswick stew (Vegetarian) Buns and dinner rolls Assorted Cookies, Tea & Lemonade

Breakfast Menu for Meal Plan: Bike Va Tour 2013

by admin | March 20, 2013

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Breakfast is offered as a part of the ALL Inclusive Meals Package on the Bike Virginia Tour. When you choose the all inclusive plan you get breakfast and dinner as an added service. Enjoy the convenience of a catered meal served adjacent to camp at headquarters. You may also like this meal plan if you are a hotel guest as this is where the ride begins each day.  (You may add this to your registration during registration or  log back in to change your order up til May 24). Registration has been extended to June 18, but meals must be ordered by May 24 due to caterer requirements. Breakfast is served from 5:30am-8:30am each day: Saturday through Wednesday. [caption id="attachment_4738" align="alignright" width="300"]Enjoying lunch Enjoying a Bike Virginia Meal with New Friends[/caption] Riders will wear a special wrist band identifying they have purchased the All inclusive meal. You also get dinners with the meal plan. See the Dinner menu here....

Breakfast Menus

  Saturday, June 22nd Frittatas with Broccoli, Roasted Potatoes & Swiss, Sausage, Roasted Potatoes with Onion & Cheddar, Oatmeal, Cereals, Granola, Muffins, Bagels, Fruit, Yogurts, Coffee, Juices, Hot tea, Milk, Soy milk Sunday, June 23rd Omelets of Ham & Cheese or Cheese, Sausage links, Southern style grits, Hash browns, Oatmeal, Cereals, Granola, Muffins, Bagels, Fruit, Yogurts, Coffee, Juices, Hot tea, Milk, Soy milk Monday, June 24th Stratas with Roasted Tomato, Spinach & Feta or Prosciutto, Onion & Gruyere, French Toast Casserole, Oatmeal, Cereals, Granola, Muffins, Bagels, Fruit, Yogurts, Coffee, Juices, Hot tea, Milk, Soy Milk (Strata is a breakfast casserole). Tuesday, June 25th Frittata with roasted peppers, asparagus, caramelized onions, and smoked gouda cheese,  Cinnamon spiced baked apples, Waffles, Oatmeal, Cereals, Granola, Muffins, Bagels, Fruit, Yogurts, Coffee, Juices, Hot tea, Milk, Soy milk (A frittata is a spanish style breakfast casserole). Wednesday, June 26th Assorted Frittatas, Assorted Stratas, Sausage links, Waffles, Oatmeal, Cereals, Granola, Muffins, Bagels, Fruit, Yogurts, Coffee, Juices, Hot tea, Milk, Soy milk

A Friendly Face in a Fantastic Crowd: One Cyclist’s Take

by admin | January 21, 2013

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[caption id="attachment_5836" align="alignright" width="222"]Mike enjoying the ride. Mike enjoying the ride.[/caption] What makes a cycling tour? What defines it? Certainly, the terrain is quickly called to mind. In talking with returning participants from Bike Virginia, I'll often hear tours referred to as "the one that started you off on that killer hill," or "the huge downhill immediately following the rest stop."   And while it's tough to forget the punishment of a ceaseless climb, there are certain memories that come just as easily, but more cushioned in the warmth of fond recollection; while the shirt you got may begin to fade, the friendships and connections you've made with fellow riders seem as vivid as ever.   In a sense, Mike Prior is not a man to be singled out: He's not boasting himself as a spokesperson, promoting a cause, or even overcoming a tremendous obstacle. In fact, Mike's first tour was just last year at BikeVA!   And yet, Mike represents so many of the positive qualities one finds amongst cyclists. In a conversation with him, it's easy to glean that he's quite self-aware, and sees the joy he finds in cycling as a piece of a greater balance for him and his health.   "It's crucial," he says, "to maintain all aspects of one's life in balance. The sound body is only possible through the sound mind, and vice versa. The quality of your life experience depends upon it."   Like so many fit, health-conscious riders, Mike has not only recently arrived to his awareness of the importance of healthy eating and fitness. Originally from South Africa, Mike was an avid mountain biker in a region well-known for the sport, and spent a year working as a physical trainer. He was also, as he continues to be today, an active wind-surfer.   "Road bicycling just wasn't as safe in South Africa. I didn't feel as if I could go out for a ride without having to fear for my life on the road. I did some mountain biking and enjoyed it, but it wasn't until I came to the States five years ago that I got into road biking."   Mike rode casually, but says that he didn't understand the boundaries to which he could push himself until riding his first Bike Virginia Tour. In fact, Mike rode the furthest possible mileage each day, once even repeating sections of a course when a signage issue led him astray.   "The support that the tour provides was a major part of my enjoyment. So much thought and planning had gone into what we were doing. In fact, when I first met [Bike Virginia Director] Kim Perry, I was just chatting away about how much fun I was having, not realizing it was her!"   Mike was so motivated by his experience that he completed three more tours (and two more centuries) in 2012: The Seagull Century, The Heart of VA ride, and The Shenandoah Fall Festival ride.   And here again, Mike's experience blurs back in with those of his fellow riders. The appeal to him seems a universal one. "I was so happy to meet other cyclists, and to understand the camaraderie among them all. It's a group of health-conscious people who want to stay energized, and I enjoyed it so much."   And did I mention that Mike's in his fifties? Neither did he. Nor would you guess it. But it's true, and he says he feels easily a decade younger. "I don't see myself as over 50... and a lot of that comes from living a healthy lifestyle. If you live healthy, and keep fit, you just start to lose the years. Your biological age and your physical age go out of sync."   Like so many cyclists, Mike is also quite grateful for his good health. "I've got a lot of respect for those who have to overcome serious pain in order to do what they enjoy. I'm so grateful to live my life free of pain, and I'm so motivated by people who have to endure that sort of thing to ride. I have no barriers, nothing stopping me: Why should I not do these things when others with pain and limitations get out there and do it?"   It's impressive to pursue a physically challenging interest with passion and drive. I'm sure many of you out there do it. Furthermore, Mike Prior has maintained an impressive level of fitness, and continues to push his boundaries. It's no small feat, and yet, Mike stands almost as a symbol-- not the sole embodiment of what makes the men and women who ride such a great bunch-- but he's certainly another example.   And he seems to speak for many when he says about his Bike VA cycling experience, "I thoroughly enjoyed cycling last year's tour and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to cycle as much as I can of this year's; There's so much to see and appreciate if you pedal with your eyes wide open."     Come meet Mike, as well as many other great Bike Virginia participants, on this year's tour.   And please be sure to check out the "On Your Write" blog next week for an inspiring story of motivation, inspiration, and incredible weight loss for one Virginian cyclist. By Tory Hendelman      

To Ride the Bike Virginia Tour is so much more…

by admin | November 8, 2012

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To Ride the Bike Virginia Tour is so much more than just getting on a bike and going from point A to point B. It's the people, warm and friendly, funny and quirky, humble and kind. It's the smiles and laughs. Stories shared and lived together.The Rider Voices page is our blog where we will share some of the faces and memories from our rich past and stories of our tribe as we lead up to the coming event. [caption id="attachment_4925" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Buffett Day 2012[/caption]

It's about the places we go, big and small. Old and new. Odd and reminiscent. In the last 25 years we've covered nearly every part of the state. Our routes roll through historic communities and vast rolling farms, to beautiful orchards, and by winding rivers. [caption id="attachment_4927" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sunrise at Camp, 2011[/caption] It's the times we share, cool and warm, sunny and cloudy. Lazy and relaxed or on the bike whether fast or slow. The event is about you, your pace, your style, your kind of fun. We'll create the space, create the opportunity, you make the memories.

Martin – “Father and Son”

by admin | July 23, 2012

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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"]

Rider Voice: Jarla – “It Takes a Village”

by admin | July 17, 2012

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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!