Bike the Shenandoah Valley
 


Welcome

The Central Shenandoah Valley's pastoral landscapes, quaint cities and towns, and historic, natural and cultural resources provide an ideal setting for bicyclists. Bicycling in the region is growing rapidly in popularity, and the Central Shenandoah Valley is nationally recognized as a bicycling touring destination.


This website encourages bicycling in the Central Shenandoah Valley. It details on-and off-road cycling facilities in our neighborhoods, communities, and provides a comprehensive list of scenic loop rides in each of our localities. Browse the maps for scenic routes in the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham; the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro; and the eleven towns that lie between.



News & Events

A listing of bicycling news and upcoming events:

 

2017 Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge - August 5, 2017

The 2017 Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 5th in beautiful Highland County, Virginia. The yearly event features two states, three counties, nine mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb. The challenge features four courses of different ability levels, they include:

  • Blue Grass Valley Ride - 27 miles of rolling valley hills
  • Two State Short Ride - 53 miles and four mountains to climb
  • Two State Long Ride - Part of the Century Ride (54 miles) and the Blue Grass Valley Ride for a total of 67 miles with four mountains to climb
  • Century - Two states, three counties, nine mountains, over 100 miles, and over 10,000 feet to climb

Please visit the event webpage for more information and to register.

 

Tour de Valley Century and Metric Century - September 2, 2017

The Tour de Valley takes you on a scenic tour of the Shenandoah Valley. Choose from two distances, the 100 mile Century or the 62 mile Metric Century. Stay for the after party at the War Memorial Pool at Ridgeview Park where participants can take a swim and fuel up with food and local brews.

Visit the website for more information.

 

19th Annual Shenandoah Mountain 100 Backcountry Mountain Bike Race - September 3, 2017

The Shenandoah Mountain 100 is held in Virginia's George Washington National Forest. The course will consist of singletrack, double track, and fire roads with a bit of pavement.

Click here for more information, or click here to register.

 

Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes - September 9, 2017

Join us for the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes on September 9, 2017 and enjoy either a 25-mile or 50-mile bicycle route through the beauty of the rolling hills and lush fields of the central Shenandoah Valley countryside.

The ride supports our combat veterans and raises funds for Boulder Crest Retreat, a therapeutic and wellness facility for combat veterans and their families.

 

Registration and start/finish are at the Gypsy Hill Park gym, Staunton, Virginia. Please visit the website for more information and to register.

 

 

Harrisonburg Named One of America's Best Mountain Bike Towns!

National Geographic named Harrisonburg, Virginia one of America's 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns. Check out the article to see the rest of the towns that made the list.

"To foster authentic bike culture, a town needs more than just high quality trails. These 20 mountain bike hamlets around the country offer bucket-list rides, new trail development, a variety of outdoor recreation, and a fun, bike-friendly vibe."

 

"Bicycling in Virginia" Map Update

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is planning to update the "Bicycling in Virginia" map.

The map update will be released in conjunction with an online interactive map which allows more detail. The print version cannot show detail, but the online map will be zoomable and will directly link to websites with more information.

Suggestions (new trails or other information) for the new map can be submitted here.

VDOT is also looking for high quality, high resolution modern bicycling photos for the map. The following topic areas are needed:

  • Capital Trail;
  • Urban Cycling;
  • Bicycling with Kids / Families;
  • Photos from UCI 2015 World Championships; and
  • Heart of Appalachia Bicycle Route / Guest River Gorge.

Photos should be taken in Virginia. Send photos, or a link to download them, with a note documenting permission to John Bolecek. Any other comments regarding suggestions can be sent as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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