We are so excited about our upcoming event on June 18, 19, 20, 2021, and not just because 2020 has been such a crazy year. Equally exciting for me is the fact the upcoming bike tour will be in my home town of Williamsburg, VA, which also means I’ll be your Tour Guide. 😊
One of the highlights of this tour is an opportunity to bicycle on the Virginia Capital Trail - a 52 mile, paved, traffic-free, multi-use trail from Jamestown to Richmond, VA. The “VCT,” as we locals call it, links the first capital of Virginia to the current one.
Join us in June 2021 to Bike About the Historic Triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. There is so much to see and do you might need to stay more than 3 Days!
I’ll be posting new entries occasionally to point out what is new on our website, things to see and do in the area, and provide more information about our tour, so check back often. I’ll also be providing details and tips to registered riders in the final two weeks before the tour.
Oh, and feel free to send in questions via the CONTACT US link. I’ll be answering some of those in the blog also because if you have a question, someone else probably has the same one.
Don’t forget – registration opens January15, 2021, and is limited to 400 riders.
On Friday and Saturday night of the 3 Day Bike About we will be holding a raffle.
How do you get a raffle ticket? Register!!!!
Anyone who registers during the month of February will be given THREE raffle tickets.
Register in March and you get TWO raffle tickets.
Wait to register in April and you only get one raffle ticket so don’t delay.
REGISTER TODAY to increase your chances of winning!!
Oh, and a shout out to Cathi, Kurt, Steve and Finn who registered in January. Thank you so much! You will each receive FOUR raffle tickets!
p.s. Because we are “going green,” you won’t actually get a ticket, but you will be “virtually” entered into the drawing for prizes.
STAY TUNED...to see what you can win!
We’ve Got News!!!
Cul’s Courthouse Grille and the Nance-Major House Bed & Breakfast have jointly signed on as a Contributing Sponsor. What are they “contributing?” BROWNIES!!! Locally renown, these delicious homemade brownies will be given to all our riders on Friday when they arrive at Cul’s in Charles City.
For those of you who might not be up to tackling the entire 100 miles of the Virginia Capital Trail that day, you are in luck! Charles City is just 14 miles from our start location at Chickahominy Riverfront Park - an easy 28 mile round trip ride to enjoy an awesome brownie. I’ve had (more than) one and they are heavenly. Better yet, ride up to Cul’s and have lunch or stop on your way back from Richmond. Cul’s is a local favorite. I personally have been having lunch there for over 10 years while riding the Virginia Capital Trail that goes right by their front door. My favorite lunch is a chicken salad sandwich with onion rings. www.culscourthousegrille.com
Looking for a place to stay during 3 Day Bike About? Check out the Nance-Major House Bed & Breakfast, located next door to Cul’s. www.nance-majorhouse.com Rent a room, a suite or the entire house for your group, because it is not only historic, but also a lovely place to stay.
Can’t say enough nice things about these two establishments and the wonderful family who own and operate them --Bonnie Whitaker and her son Cullen Jenkins.
1. Is 3 Day Bike About a good choice for new riders?
3 Day Bike About provides participants (new to cycling and seasoned veterans) and their families with a fun filled weekend full of great routes and sightseeing in one of the most historic settings in the United States. Off the bike activities include, but are not limited to kayaking, hiking. historic walking tours, as well as dining and shopping in Williamsburg, VA.
Riders decide how much or how few miles they want to ride each day. We offer you the option to ride a variety of route distances varying anywhere from 20 to 100+ miles.
The routes are supported by SAG (Support & Gear) vans patrolling the routes in case you break down or need assistance. Snacks are provided to riders at the start of each day and information on where to find water, food, and restrooms. A bike mechanic will be available in camp or we can direct you to one of many local bike shops. Routes are signed and marked for easy navigation from start to finish. Plus, you will be provided with a Ride with GPS link of each route.
3 Day Bike About is the perfect way to dip your toes into bicycling touring. The event is limited to 400 participants so register early!
2. What does my registration fee include?
Outdoor Tent Camping w/ Campground Shower & Restroom Facilities
Convenient Parking at Camp for all Participants
Multiple Route Options Daily: 20 -100 miles
Access to Ride with GPS App free trial.
Clearly Marked Routes
SAG (Support and Gear) on the routes
Detailed information about Amenities & Sites on the Routes
Free Snacks before and after you ride
3 Day Bike About Fanny Pack for your snacks
Local Entertainment Saturday night
VDOT Bicycling Safety Booklet
Wristbands for Rider and Bike
On - site conveniences include but not limited to...Local Food Truck for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner (fees apply) Beer and Wine Garden Friday and Saturday night (fees apply) Bike Mechanic (fees apply) Vendors on Main Street for shopping at camp.
3. Do I need to reserve outdoor camping space?
No reservation is necessary for outdoor camping but you must be registered to camp in the Group Camping area. Space is limited to the first 200 registered riders who request outdoor camping.
4. What if I plan to bring an RV, trailer or pop-up camper?
If you are planning to bring your personal camper, trailer or RV, please indicate on your registration that you are NOT camping. Chickahominy Riverfront Park has RV campsites available for a fee. Please contact the park directly at (757) 603-1114 to make a reservation.
5. What food does 3 Day Bike About provide at the Snack Shack?
Our onsite Snack Shack will be open each morning for riders to choose among a variety of snacks to take along on their ride. Per Health department guidelines we will serve whole fresh fruit and prepackaged snacks. A specific list as to what will be available will be provided to registered riders the week before the event.
6. What time do the routes open each day?
There is not a mass start for this event so you can access the routes at any time during the stated route hours below. If you leave before the routes open or you are still on the routes after they have closed, we cannot provide you with support services.
3 Day Bike About Route Hours:
Friday: 7am to 5pm
Saturday: 7am to 5pm
Sunday: 7am to 4pm
7. Do I have to finish riding by a certain time each day?
The routes have a closing time each day. At that time, all directional signage and SAG support will end.
8. What is there to do when I'm not riding?
Local volunteers will be in our Hospitality tent daily to provide you with information for off-bike activities in the area. This information will also be available in the Tour Guide on our website the week before the event. Local activities may include kayaking, ziplining, axe throwing (I’m not kidding!), historic walking tours, shopping, a beer or wine garden and live musical entertainment at our camp location and elsewhere in town. Volunteers can also direct you to local mountain bike areas.
9. Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed in our Group Camping area. Please consider reserving a private campsite at CRP if you wish your furry companion to join you. (757-603-1114. Fees apply)
10. Are stoves, grills and/or fire pits allowed?
No cooking is allowed, and all open flames are prohibited in the Group Camping Area. If you wish to do your own cooking while at 3 Day Bike About or prefer a fireside chat in the evening, please reserve a private campsite at Chickahominy Riverfront Park (757-603-1114. Fees apply)
11. What kind of bike works best for this ride?
3 Day Bike About is suitable for any style of bike. The routes on the tour this year are mostly flat roads, there's no real need to get too fancy on your gear ratios. Just pedal and go! Make sure your bike is tuned up and ready before arriving at the Tour. Visit your local bike shop for a bike check up.