Here is a look at the 3 Day Bike About 2022 ROUTES. Grab your snacks available on Main Street at the Snack Shack before you head out to ride. We will provide information on the best places to get water, food and a little History for each day!
SAG will be available each day. 757-755-4655 (#on your wristband;-)
Signs will be posted with directional arrows for every route BLUE, PINK, GOLD...follow them and you will be on the route, start to finish!
Ride With GPS turn by turn directions will be made available with the free trial app on your phone. There is limited cell coverage at times so download the routes to your phone prior to arriving if you are using the app.
CUE SHEETS - Please print your set at home. If this is not possible, email Cynthia@3daybikeabout.com before June 5, and I will print out your sets for a donation of $1.00 per route with proceeds going to the Shenandoah Rail Trail. Pay$ (exact change, please) and Pick up in Hospitality!
The Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail Partnership is an unincorporated coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations along the proposed Shenandoah Valley Rail Trail that have come together with the vision of transforming an unused single-track railroad corridor from Broadway to Front Royal into a multi-use almost 50-mile trail re-connecting communities, businesses, schools and many local cultural and historic resources.
To contact the partnership email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Day Bike About is proud to support this effort! #SeetheUSAonaBikeToday!
FRIDAY: Arrive with your climbing legs if you choose the 47.9 mile (elevation:3607ft) Fetzer Gap ride ! This is a scenic route with just a touch of hard packed gravel (3/4 mile) to keep you in the beautiful countryside! Choose the 41 mile (elevation:2489ft) ride and along the way visit 2 outstanding Farmer's Markets, as well as Belle Grove Plantation . The 33.1 mile (elevation:2150ft) route visits the charming town of Middletown, a great place to take a break !
SATURDAY: Cycle Strasburg, Woodstock and Edinburg....3 great towns of the Shenandoah Valley. Throw in a ride through Fort Valley, and you'll agree this is premium cycling. The PINK route is 55.5 miles (elevation:3644ft) and you will climb Edinburg Gap to descend into Fort Valley, downhill all the way back to Strasburg. Ready for some gravel riding....our LONGEST option is GOLD @ 60+ miles (elevation:3951ft) with over 10+miles of gravel. This route takes you over Edinburg Gap and then diverts to the beautiful farmlands of Fort Valley. Hard Packed Gravel and a shady tour of iconic Shenandoah Valley living. Strasburg to Woodstock for lunch or ice cream? We have you covered. No need to climb to enjoy the 42.5 mile (elevation:2485ft) jaunt to Woodstock and back, criss crossing the railroad bed that will convert to the Shenandoah Rail Trail.
SUNDAY: Ride to Front Royal, a historic Main Street Town and a terminus of the Shenandoah Rail Trail. The longest route is GOLD -49 miles (elevation:2714ft) to the Visitor's Center in Front Royal and at times follows the railroad bed back to Strasburg. Two other options PINK -33.7 miles (elevation:1985ft) and BLUE -22.9 miles (elevation:1102ft) take you to Belle Grove and Middletown in case you missed them on Friday! Return to Strasburg Square and pick up your boxed lunch included in your registration...then start planning your return to the Shenandoah Valley for 3 Day Bike About 2023!
FRIDAY: Ride the Virginia Capital Trail, a 51.2 (1,079ft ele.) mile multi-use trail. Begin at Chickahominy Riverfront Park between mile marker 6-7. Riders wanting to complete 100+miles can ride into Jamestown from the start and back to make the full circuit. Riders will be able to turn around at any point to manage their mileage. Don't forget to stop at Cul's Courthouse Grill (mile marker 14) for your brownie (must have wristband) and to meet up with friends. Water, food and restroom stops are noted along the way in the Tour Guide on the website!
WATER RESTROOMS FOOD
MM 0 - Jamestown Settlement
MM 2/3 - Spoke and Art
MM 20 - Charles City Courthouse
MM 20 - CUL'S Courthouse Grille GATHERING PLACE FREE BROWNIES
MM 30 - Shirley Plantation
MM 40 - Four Mile Creek & Exxon
MM 50 - Shockoe Slip/Richmond
Saturday takes all riders across the James River by Ferry. We offer many choices for riding.
· Bike to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, cross the James River and ride to Chippokes Plantation State Park (15.4 miles each way or 12.8miles if you take out the Ferry mileage)
· Drive to the JamestownSettlement parking lot and board the Ferry on your bike and ride to Chippokes Plantation State Park (5.4 miles)
· Drive to the Ferry and cross in your car then drive the short distance to Chippokes Plantation State Park.
Once at the Park we offer 3 loop rides, all different. Riders may choose to ride all 3 and the 10 miles to and from the Ferry completing just shy of 111 miles. Two Surry Routes (20miles, 640ft elev. & 28 miles, 984ft elev.) will offer lightly traveled rural roads that are fairly flat and have good sight-lines. Perfect for getting up a little speed and working the legs! A third loop (43 miles, 1218ft elev.) takes you to the charming Main Street of Smithfield, VA. Stop for lunch and relaxation.
WATER RESTROOMS FOOD
ALL ROUTES - GATHERING PLACE CHIPPOKES SHELTER 1 & 2
42.9 M GOLD ROUTE - SMITHFIELD
M 23.4-Smithfield Visitor's Center
M 39-Bacon's Castle Market
28.4M PINK ROUTE and 20M BLUE ROUTE - SURRY
M 7.4- *Sheriff's Office (not on route - look for directional signage)
M 7.7- *Just for Kicks
*Last chance for water, restrooms and food after you leave Surry.
Sunday takes us out and about Williamsburg and James City County. Water and restrooms will be available at all the parks. Each unique park is a good place to stretch and enjoy the scenery. This will be a more urban route in some places. On your return, pick up your box lunch at Spoke and Art on the Capital Trail, included with your registration. One Park 18mile ride is 318ft elev. Two Park 27mile ride is 581ft elev. Three Park 43 mile ride is 1314ft elev.
WATER RESTROOMS FOOD
42.7M GOLD ROUTE
M 8.8-Freedom Park
M 17.1-Little Creek Reservoir Park
M 33.3-Veteran's Park
M 38.5-SPOKE AND ART GATHERING PLACE P/U YOUR BOX LUNCH
26.5M PINK ROUTE
M 8.8-Freedom Park
M 16.9-Veteran's Park
M 22.1-SPOKE AND ART GATHERING PLACE P/U YOUR BOX LUNCH
17.4M BLUE ROUTE
M 8-Veteran's Park
M 13.2-SPOKE AND ART GATHERING PLACE P/U YOUR BOX LUNCH