ROUTES

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In June 2018 our annual Bike Tour will feature bike routes in the New River Valley of Virginia. Our headquarters will be located at Bissett Park in Radford (June 22,23,24) and Clayton Lake State Park in Dublin, Virginia (June 25,26,27). If you’re looking for a fun, fully-supported bike tour—a true adventure by bicycle—mark your calendar now for June 22–27, 2018. We’ll host you for 6 DAYS of exploration, relaxation, and camaraderie.

Our riders loved the 6 day format. We kick off the next annual event on Friday, June 22, 2018 in Radford, Virginia . We wrap up on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in Clayton Lake State Park in Dublin, Virginia. We offer 6 DAYS of unique bike routes with only two camp locations. You’ll have more time to relax and enjoy leisurely evenings and mornings without having to pack up your camp. Some bike tours like Ride the Rockies, Cycle Oregon, Bike Florida, and GOBA move up to 5 times in a week. Our riders said they enjoyed more time at each camp and wanted to have their car with them; we listened and have built our event around this concept. Two host town locations and 6 DAYS of route choices gives lots of great riding without the hassle of everyday moves.

Returning for 2018, our Double Vision format gives you more riding options and NO ONE-WAY routes!  Be sure to read about all the exciting changes that come with the Double Vision format.

The routes will be open starting at 7:00 am each day (except Friday which will be 12-noon) and will close at 5:00 pm. Getting on the route is up to you as we do not have a mass start; however, we do ask that you depart by 9:00 am to ensure you are back by the time routes close at 5:00 pm.

Every day we will have different route options, varying from 20 miles up to 100 miles! On Friday we offer one route, the remaining 5 days multiple routes are available. Choose based on your preferences for distance, the sights, terrain, and points of interest.

Bike Virginia’s Tour events accommodate both recreational and advanced riders. The difficulty rating will be determined closer to the event as routes are finalized. We anticipate a difficulty rating of 6 to 9 on a scale of 1-10 for the 2018 routes. Difficulty will vary daily based on which route option you choose.

Routes are finalized at the Preview Ride in late April. We will assign a difficulty rating to each day of the tour. Route difficulty is rated on a 1-10 scale and is determined by elevation gain (climbing), distance of route, and experience. We will be publishing individual route difficulty for each day in May 2018. Those ratings will be printed in the tour guide that you will receive at registration check-in.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS

Planning for Bike Virginia’s event includes assessing many factors that affect your riding experience. Several things come together such as our rest stops, permits and various other elements that go into planning roughly 400 miles of riding. We get great local support and advice that help us create a truly memorable riding experience. Location planning take place over 14 months in advance of the event. During that time we narrow in on the best route options. As spring approaches we work with a large team of volunteers and staff to assess final riding options. Draft routes are published in early 2018 and final routes are published in the month before the event. Routes cannot be finalized earlier due to changing road conditions and service agreements with rest stop locations which can impact riding. We promise to provide route details as soon as possible. 

DAY ONE Welcome to Bike Virginia! Friday is registration day and offers you a chance to kick off your vacation right. Once you’ve checked in you can enjoy our Welcome Ride. As you pedal out you will embark on a journey that was 31 years in the making. Friday’s ride will depart from our headquarters in Bissett Park in Radford and take you along pleasant roads that introduce you to the region’s charm. The distance of Friday’s ride will be just enough to get the blood flowing but not so much to wear you out. When you get back to camp you can enjoy the camaraderie of friends and fellow cyclists, settle in to grab a bite from one of our food trucks, and listen to the live music as you rest up for what will be one of the best Bike Virginias in 31 Years!

DAY TWO Grab some coffee at headquarters and make your preparations for an epic ride. Hop on the bike between 7am and 9am and truly let the journey begin with one of our famous loop ride options. Our team will treat you to rider’s choice of 3 options that day ranging from a short 20 mile distance ride to a metric century or more that carries you out for some spectacular sights. Any route you choose will be a treat and one that only the wonderful roads of Virginia can provide. After a perfect day of riding, pamper yourself with yoga, massage, or meditation followed by good food, drink, and fun music.

DAY THREE will take you farther into the beautiful Blue Ridge valleys and mountains. The shorter route for the day will have 20 or so miles of riding, the mid-length route will have a nice 40-60 mile distance for your pleasure. For the longest route distance riders, Sunday will offer the first of our two century routes. Any route you choose will have you smiling the whole way and wanting to stay on the bike for just one more mile. Weekend participants will wrap up their ride this day; they can camp over that night, or head on home with fun memories to carry them through the work days ahead. Sunday marks mid-point for our six-day participants; they will crawl into bed that night with dreams of the great riding left to come.

Bike Virginia Tour Riders posing for photo.

DAY FOUR will be event move day. On move day, the entire event packs up early in the morning and relocates to headquarters 2, located in Clayton Lake State Park, (about 9 miles south on I-81). From there you will kick off the second half of the event and enjoy riding from another beautiful region of the New River Valley. Routes will include 15 to 60 mile options. For those who rode on our 2011 Roll Through Time tour you will rekindle some of the fond memories. There will be several length options to choose from on Monday so you can ride as much or as little as you want, depending on what you wish to see or how you are feeling from the previous three days of riding. One of the beauties of Bike Virginia’s format is that you can take a rest day any day you wish. Monday night offers a great chance to head into  to enjoy the historic downtown of Pulaski or a local winery.

DAY FIVE, get ready! We will have several distance options to choose from that will take you on a beautiful ride along the New River. Pick a route between 15 and 100 miles with elevation changes ranging from 1,200-7,500 feet. Rest stops will be perfectly spaced for your food and drink needs approximately every 20 miles. Whether you choose the short, medium, or century route you will undoubtedly have a smile when you get back to camp.

DAY SIX it is! This day is the last day of the tour will be one to remember!  We will have 3 options that day so you can choose if you want to get a short ride in before hitting the road home or settle in for another long day in the saddle as you pedal the metric century. Choose from 25 to 60 miles. Because we finish at this second location you can wait to pack up camp until after you ride, your car will be conveniently there for your departure. That’s another uniquely Bike Virginia trait. Day six brings a close to the 31st annual Bike Virginia Tour, a time for hugs, smiles, and dreams of the 2019 Bike Virginia Tour.

Bike Virginia Tour Riders

ROUTE MAPS

Each button below corresponds to a route option available on the day. Click the button to view the route map and elevation profile. You may also export a GPS-compatible file.

Please note that all routes are subject to change and approval by local and state authorities. Route maps are hosted offsite by a 3rd party not affiliated with Bike Virginia.

Buena Vista (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

The following small route will remain open for the duration of our stay and can be used for family or super-short rides.

Staunton (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday)

The following small route will remain open for the duration of our stay and can be used for family or super-short rides.