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.

Upcoming events

    • September 08, 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • September 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • Skyline Drive - Big Meadows Campground

    September 8—10

    11th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend

    Join us for a weekend of stunning views and challenging climbs on the beautiful Skyline Drive.  We will use Big Meadows Campground (MP51) as a base camp, and you can cycle as little or as much as you like (see options below).  Cue sheets will be provided.  No SAG support!

    Big Meadows is the premier campground on the Skyline Drive and features hot showers, visitor center, hiking trails, large camp store & café, and a nice restaurant in the lodge.  The campground may fill up, so making a reservation (Loop-A recommended) is a good idea.  I have already reserved site A062, if you want to reserve a site nearby.  Note that there is a $25 entrance fee for cars on the Skyline Drive (valid for 7 days) and $10.00 for bicycles (covered by a car pass).  Dining options include eating at restaurants at Big Meadows (my choice) or cooking in camp.

    Scheduled rides will include:

    Friday (20 miles):  Cycle from Big Meadows to Skyland and back.

    Saturday (60 miles):   starting at 8 a.m., Cycle from Big Meadows to Luray and back (with a lunch stop in Luray at "West Main Market" (gourmet deli), 123 W. Main St.).  This is a very challenging ride with 7,000 feet of climbing.  There are other options for shorter rides.

    Sunday (20 miles):  Cycle along the Skyline Drive after breakfast before packing up and heading home.
      Cue Sheet and Elevation Profile  (for Saturday ride ... NOTE:  pdf Cue Sheet shows mileage/directions to "Artisans Grill" in Luray (closed) - continue straight on Main Street approx. 0.2 miles further to our NEW lunch stop:  "West Main Market", at 123 W. Main Street - this will be roughly 2.9 miles after turning left onto US-211 BUS from US-211.)

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

    From:  Drive to Big Meadows on Friday.  Contact Paul about possible carpooling.



    • September 09, 2017
    • 7:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Surry Athletic Field - 45 School St., Surry, VA 23883

    Surry Century Rides

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Hosted by the Peninsula Bicycling Association (PBA), the Surry Century Rides of 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles consist of 3 loops (25, 25 and 50 miles) over flat to slightly rolling terrain - you decide how far you want to ride.  The rides begin at the Surry Athletic Field, behind the Surry Courthouse.

    Experience the heart of Southeastern Virginia by bike.  See rural towns, farmland, historic plantations, and very few cars.  During your visit, consider visiting some of the local attractions, such as Chippokes Plantation State Park, historic Bacon's Castle, and the Hampton Roads Winery in Elberon, VA.

    For more information and/or to register for the Surry Century Rides, go to:  http://www.pbabicycling.org/surrycenturyrides   

    Ride Director:  Sharon Bochman,  bochman@cox.net

    • September 22, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • September 24, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Chincoteague Island

    Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
    September 22 24, 2017


    This is a weekend at Chincoteague Island of casual cycling on flat roads.


    Best Western Chincoteague – at the group rate of $95.24 + tax. Make your own reservations by August 11 (757-336-6557) and tell them you are with TBA.

    Maddox Campground – about $26.00 /night with 2 tents on the site. With electricity – $34.00. (757-336-3111).

    Tom’s Cove Campground (5 stars / nice view) – about $39.00 /night with 2 tents/one car on the site. $50.00 with electricity and water. (757-336-6498).

    Weekend schedule:  

    Friday evening - dinner in town.

    Saturday morning6:30 a.m. Sunrise bike ride to the beach, followed by motel breakfast.   At 8:30 we carpool to Snow Hill to then cycle to Berlin, MD for lunch (≈42 miles round trip).  Cue sheets and SAG provided.

    Sat. evening - 5:30 p.m. Pot Luck Wine and Cheese in motel lobby, then dinner in town or just get local ice cream.

    Sunday - 6:30 a.m. Sunrise bike ride to the beach, Breakfast in motel lobby and bike tour of Assateague Island looking for wild ponies and tour of Lighthouse.

    This is a great social event of cycling, eating and sightseeing.

    Fran and Fred Adams: 757-467-2775 / Bikalot@Verizon.net  


Past events

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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