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11th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend

  • 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.



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