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:
YEE-HA! Downhill Mountain Bike Race - April 29 & 30, 2017
The 2017 YEE-HA! race will be the first stop of the 2017 Maxxis Gravity Series. Pre-registration is open now! Please pre-register online now or register in person ($15 late fee applies). Event is held rain or shine at the Massanutten Bike Park trails. Chairlift #6 will be operating for the racers as well as the the spectators. Spectators and fans are encouraged to attend the YEE-HA! event at no charge.
For more information check out the flyer or visit the website.
May is Bike Month! - May 2017
May is National Bike Month, an annual celebration that increases awareness and participation in bicycling as a healthy, economic, and sustainable transportation option. There will be two Bike to Work Day events held in the region on May 19th - the City of Staunton and the City of Harrisonburg. The Staunton Bike/Walk to Work Commuter Breakfast will be held downtown at the Wharf parking lot from 7:30A-9:30A. Harrisonburg's Bike to Work Day will be at Court Square in downtown Harrisonburg from 7A-10A. Both events are free!
A Ride for the Animals with Anicira - May 13, 2017
On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Anicira Veterinary Center, a nonprofit organization serving the animals of our community, will host the 2017 Walk for the Animals at Melrose Caverns in Harrisonburg. This year a 25 mile bike ride has been added in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition!
The ride will begin at 10AM from Melrose Caverns. Registration opens at 9AM. When the riders have completed the course, they are invited to have lunch (included with registration), beer, and participate in the fun activities!
Participants raise money for animals in need by registering to ride and soliciting pledges. Every dollar counts.
Click here for more information or click here to register.
The 2017 Lee Warren Queen City Century - June 10, 2017
We invite you to join us for the 3rd Annual Lee Warren Queen City Century Bike Tour, a ride through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The route will take riders west of Staunton, VA out into the countryside of Augusta County. The ride provides scenic vistas, county farms, small towns, and quiet rural roads. All the routes are paved and have low traffic volume.
The Century Ride follows a clover leaf type pattern of four loops, totaling 100 miles in distance. The Half Century option will complete two of these loops, totaling 50 miles. The Quarter Century option will complete the first loop, totaling 250 miles. Pre-Registration will cost $35 per rider. Day of registration will be $40 for all distances.
All proceeds benefit the mission of Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta.
Ride leaves from the Sunspots Pavilion in Historic Downtown Staunton off of West Johnson Street. The Century riders will depart at 7:30AM while Half and Quarters will leave at 8:30AM.
For more information, visit the registration webpage.
Off the Eaten Path | Radical Roots Community Farm Event - June 17, 2017
The Ride | There are two distance options for this event, 10 and 25 miles. Both are pleasantly challenging, self-guided group rides on the rolling country roads of Keezletown, at the base of Massanutten Mountain. Route markers will be provided for guidance along the way, and the route consists of 100% paved roads with the exception of the start/finish on Flook Lane where the farm is located. The 25-mile ride begins promptly at 4:30PM, and the 10-miler at 5:30PM, both from Radical Roots Community Farm in Keezletown.
After the Ride | Upon returning to the farm, the event will shift gears to a relaxing meal and evening on the farm. The meal will be an authentic farm table supper set on a hill overlooking the rolling hills of Keezletown. The food will be prepared by Taste A Food Company. It will include fresh ingredients straight off the farm (sourced from Radical Roots and other farms in the Keezletown area), and will be served family-style. The menu will be announced to registered participants prior to the event. Don't worry...it will be fantastic! Please indicate ahead of time if you have any food allergies so we can make any necessary substitutions.
Dates, Deadlines & Info | Online registration closes Thursday, June 15th at 11:59PM. Day-of registration is NOT available due to the nature of the event. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled for a later date.
Visit the event website for more information or to register.
"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.