Each year VBF sponsors the Cross-State Ride to raise awareness of US Bike Routes 1 and 76, and to promote bicycle-oriented tourism in Virginia. This year we’ll be riding Bike 76, from Breaks Interstate Park on the Kentucky border, to Chickahominy Riverfront Park in Yorktown. It will be a 2-week tour with sagged camping.
As always, you’re encouraged to join us for any portion of the tour. We especially like day riders to join us as we ride through your area. Please try to schedule a ride-along ride for your bike club! Note the weekend side trip May 15-16 on the Virginia Creeper Trail, also a great chance for you to join us.
We haven’t finalized everything, but here’s the itinerary, as of April 19:
|Friday||May 13||Rideshare rendezvous in Tidewater, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke, & New River Valley||Breaks Interstate Park||0|
|Saturday||May 14||Breaks Interstate Park||Elk Creek, Russel County||51|
|Saturday||May 15||Elk Creek, Russel Couny||Damascus – Trail Days||35|
|Sat-Sun||May 15-16||Virginia Creeper Trail Option||34-60|
|Sunday||May 16||Damascus – Trail Days||Cedar Springs Fish Farm||46|
|Monday||May 17||Cedar Springs Fish Farm||Foster Falls State Park via New River Trail||36 via NRT|
|Tuesday||May 18||Foster Falls or Fort Chiswell||Claytor Lake State Park via New River Trail or Bike 76||32 (Bike 76) or 42 (NRT)|
|Wednesday||May 19||Claytor Lake State Park (with Wildwood Park option in Radford or Huckleberry Trail option via Blacksburg)||Catawba – Roanoke Valley – Catawba Valley General Store, camping or homestays||50-70|
|Thursday||May 20||Roanoke Valley (layover day)||Camp Bethel||28 on Bike76|
|Friday||May 21||Camp Bethel||South River Mallard Duck Campground||50 on Bike76|
|Saturday||May 22||South River Mallard Duck Campground||Sherando Lake NFS or Misty Mountain Camp Resort at Greenwood||50|
|Sunday||May 23||Misty Mountain Camp Resort at Greenwood||Alexander House, Charlottesville||25|
|Monday||May 24||Alexander House, Charlottesville||Mineral Fire Dept.||56|
|Tuesday||May 25||Mineral Fire Dept.||Ashland Americamp or Richmond Area||48 (Bike76) or 68 (Bike1)|
|Wednesday||May 26||Ashland Americamp or Richmond Area||Chickahominy Riverfront Park||50|
|Thursday||May 27||Chickahominy Riverfront Park||Yorktown with return to Chickahominy Riverfront Park optional||28-56|
|Friday||May 28||Chickahominy Riverfront Park||mileage range 581-734 total|
Terrain: “mountains to the sea” terrain includes significant climbs and some smooth trail or gravel surfaces, so triple chain ring and multi-surface tires are advisable.
Total Mileage: 570+ along Bike 76 TransAmerica Bicycle Trail route.
Daily mileage planned at about 50 miles with options for side routes of scenic and historical interest estimated to total 800+ miles
Daily Activities: tours of scenic / historic attractions; promotional visits to local tourism, recreation organizations; and “See and Smell the Virginia Blossoms”
Participation Options: complete ride, weekly, daily
Accommodations: camping / hostels / home stays
SAG: Support vehicle for luggage and gear, with shared rides from Hampton Roads, driving and route patrolling to 5 PM daily
Shared costs of fuel, camp / hostel rentals, meals in Richmond, Charlottesville, and Roanoke
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