Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Northern VA
Bikes: 2008 Trek Madone 5.5, 2009 Cervelo R3SL tdf edition, Cervelo R5 with Di2
I'll be doing SOTR (my third time.) I lived in Lynchburg for a year back in 93-94, but wasn't riding a bike then. My impressions are that in general the town itself is not great for riding. But you have some beautiful countryside. You're only a few miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. Heading south from Big Island on the BRP takes you up the "Thunder Ridge" climb, about 13 miles of 5-6% climbing. Heading north is much tamer, but still very pleasant if not as scenic. You could also enter the parkway at Peaks of Otter and head either direction.