Tidewater Bicycle Association

Listed here are some popular out-of-town rides offered by our own TBA members, as well as by other bicycling clubs or associated organizations.  These are some of our favorite breakaway rides, as recommended by our members.

All are great ride events, providing an opportunity to expand your horizons and discover new & interesting places.  If you know of a particular event that you feel would be of interest to our members, please forward the event information to touring@tbarides.org.

Breakaway Rides

    • October 20, 2017
    • 2:00 PM
    • October 22, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Lynchburg NW / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Campground (Wildwood Campground)
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    October 20 – 22

    Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend

    Join us for a weekend of stunning views, beautiful fall colors, and tough climbs on the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP).  We will use the Lynchburg NW / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Campground (*formerly known as Wildwood Campground) as a base camp, and you can cycle as much or as little as you like.  Scheduled rides include a 50-mile ride on Saturday starting from H & H Restaurant at 8:30am (or arrive at 7:30am to join us for breakfast) and going south to MP85.7 (Peaks of Otter Restaurant) for lunch (with a spectacular view) and return.  The trip to Peaks of Otter takes you from the lowest point on the BRP (MP63.6, 668 ft.) where it crosses the James River, to the highest point on the BRP in VA (MP 76.5, 3950 ft.) atop Apple Orchard Mountain.  Bring lots of water for this 12-mile, 3,300' climb!  The 12-mile downhill on the way back is reward for your hard work!  No SAG support.  Optional rides if you arrive early on Friday and on Sunday morning.  Meals at local restaurants or cook in camp (see below).
        
    Camping at Lynchburg NW / Blue Ridge Parkway KOA Campground (*formerly known as Wildwood Campground):  6252 Elon Rd., Monroe, VA  24574 (*from MP61 on the BRP, go 1 mile east on SR-130).  *We typically reserve a group tent camping site and split the total costs per person / per night – contact Paul for details.

    H & H Restaurant (breakfast, dinner):  H & H Food Market, 11619 Lee Jackson Hwy, Big Island, VA  24526 (5 miles from campground on US Rt. 501), (434) 299-5153, open 7:30am – 8:30pm.  You can also cook in camp if you prefer.

    Peaks of Otter Restaurant (lunch on Saturday):  MP85.7, open 11:30am – 3:30pm for lunch.

     

    Leaders: Paul Gordy, 403-5914, blueridgecyclist@gmail.com
    and Robert Shanks, 407-0917, rjshanks13@gmail.com

    From:   Meet for breakfast (H & H Restaurant) on Saturday at 7:30am, for a ride start at 8:30am.

     

    • November 18, 2017
    • 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot (intersection of Jamestown Rd and Greensprings Rd)
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    B Pace          7:30 am       104 miles        VA Capital Trail
          

    The Virginia Capital Trail (VCT), fully completed as of Fall 2015, is an amazing cycling destination!  It has dozens of beautiful bridges, passes through scenic woods and farmlands, and is nicely paved the entire way.  On this TBA ride, we will cycle the entire 52 miles of the VCT from Jamestown to Richmond, eat lunch at the end of the trail in Richmond at "Bottoms Up Pizza" (excellent pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc.), then cycle the 52-mile trail back to Jamestown (104 miles total).  Restrooms, water, and convenience stores are located along the trail, and are listed on the Cue Sheet (available using links below – hardcopies will also be provided at the ride start).

    To allow time for sign-in and pre-ride briefing, please plan to arrive by no later than 7:15 a.m., to be ready for a 7:30 a.m. start.


      Remember to Bring:

    • Bike Helmet – helmets are required on all TBA rides;  no helmet = no ride!
    • Bike Lock – to lock up your bike at the lunch stop
    • Front & Rear Lights – we should finish before dark, but bring lights just in case – the trail is not lit and wooded sections could get very dark later in the day
    • Money $$ – for lunch at "Bottoms Up Pizza" at the at the halfway point (end of the trail) in Richmond
    • Snacks for along the route – there is no SAG for this ride
       

    Leaders:  Paul Gordy, 403-5914, blueridgecyclist@gmail.com
    and Robert Shanks, 407-0917, rjshanks13@gmail.com

    From:  Meet at the Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot (near the Jamestown ferry) at the intersection of Jamestown Rd (31) and Greensprings Rd (359).

    *To register (FREE), use the "Register" button  (left / above).

    View/Download Cue Sheet/Directions (pdf)
    View/Download Cue Sheet/Directions (xlsx)


    There is also an interactive trail map available at: http://VirginiaCapitalTrail.org/trail/map

     

Past events

September 22, 2017 Eastern Shore Getaway
September 09, 2017 2017 Surry Century Rides (PBA)
September 08, 2017 11th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
June 17, 2017 Le Tour de Shore
May 20, 2017 2017 Tour de Chesapeake
April 22, 2017 Chippokes Weekend Tour
April 08, 2017 TBA Century Ride along entire Virginia Capital Trail (104-mi. round-trip)
November 26, 2016 TBA Century Ride along entire Virginia Capital Trail (104-mi. round-trip)
October 21, 2016 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 21 – 23
September 23, 2016 Eastern Shore Getaway
September 11, 2016 Shenandoah Valley Century
September 10, 2016 Surry Century
August 12, 2016 Tour de Frederick
June 18, 2016 Le Tour de Shore
May 28, 2016 PBA's Annual Smithfield Challenge
April 22, 2016 Skyline Drive - 2 Day Loaded Tour
December 04, 2015 TBA Ride(s) around Washington DC area & the National Christmas Tree
November 28, 2015 TBA Century Ride along entire Virginia Capital Trail (104-mi. round-trip)
October 23, 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 23-25
September 25, 2015 *[CANCELLED]* 38th Annual TBA Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 11, 2015 10th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
August 04, 2015 Tour of Maine - August 2015 (9 days)
June 05, 2015 Washington DC Tour with Baseball Games
May 09, 2015 Outer Banks Tour - May 2015 (7 days)
April 11, 2015 Chippokes Weekend Tour
October 24, 2014 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 24-26
September 26, 2014 37th Annual TBA Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 05, 2014 9th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
June 27, 2014 Skyline Drive Weekend
May 10, 2014 2014 Capital-to-Capital (Cap2Cap) Bike Ride
May 03, 2014 17th Annual Pedal the Parkway 2014
April 26, 2014 TarWheel Century Ride
April 05, 2014 Chippokes Weekend Tour
October 25, 2013 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 25-27
October 05, 2013 Cycle Camden County
September 28, 2013 St. Mary's Century
September 27, 2013 36th Annual Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 14, 2013 Surry Century
September 13, 2013 8th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
September 08, 2013 Shenandoah Valley Century
August 25, 2013 Devil's Backbone Mountain Cross
July 30, 2013 Cycling the Hudson Valley
July 27, 2013 Bikes at the Beach
July 24, 2013 Grand Canyon/Southern Utah Tour
July 20, 2013 Wheels of Hope Ride
July 07, 2013 Cycling the Erie Canal
May 25, 2013 32-43 miles, A-C paces, Northern Neck
May 08, 2013 Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive Tour (10 days)
April 26, 2013 Skyline Drive - 2 Day Loaded Tour
April 05, 2013 Skyline Drive - 2 Day Loaded Tour - Moved to April 26-28

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Tidewater Bicycle Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 66522, Virginia Beach, VA 23466-6522

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