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    Virginia is for bicyclists even world champions.

    The LA Times wrote up about Bicycling in Virginia and mentioned the Virginia Capital Trail -- we are excited the rest of the country in noticing!

    Virginia is for bicyclists ? even world champions - LA Times

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    Lot of exciting things going on in VA for cycling. Next year the World Championships will be in Richmond. Over 500 media outlets covering all the same cyclists as the Tour de France riders as they zip through the streets of Richmond and surrounding communities. The Cap to Cap trail should be completed by then (the trail that the OP was commenting about runs from Richmond to Jamestown). The development of the Beaches to Bluegrass trail from Cumberland Gap to Virginia Beach. So many opportunities for short tours as you ride the likes of USBR 76 and 1, the East Coast Greenway, Potomac Heritage Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive and not to mention all the Rail Trails for off road riding. You have the High Bridge Trail, W&OD Trail, New River Trail, Va Creeper, Dahlgren and Tobacco Heritage trail and more. And for Mountain Bikers, you have the 480 mile long Va Mountain Bike Trail where you can bike and camp in the Appalachians for weeks on end. It is the longest wilderness experience a Mtn biker can have east of the Mississippi. Yes indeed, Va is for Bike Lovers. Shucks, even our legislature is getting on board, they finally passed the three foot rule.

    Now if we can get our municipal leaders to follow the lead of Northern Va, Richmond and Williamsburg city planners and get more bike lanes in for local commuters, we will soon be rivaling the likes of Oregon, Minnesota and Washington state as one of the most Bike friendly states in the Union. Rock on VA!

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    NB when the UCI comes to the area, the roads are closed to other traffic , until the race is over .

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    The capital trail was far, far from finished when I came across on the TransAm in June. Still, this is a great development. Hopefully the press coverage lights a fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vespoli View Post
    The capital trail was far, far from finished when I came across on the TransAm in June. Still, this is a great development. Hopefully the press coverage lights a fire.
    This is true vespoli, but from a locals perspective, we are really seeing the momentum pick up. For the longest time, it seemed as if only surveying was the main activity. Now we are seeing clearing and pavement happening. The 4 mile section just west of the Chickahominy is open and a lot of that section between Charles City County courthouse is almost complete. For sure, that will be open by Fall of this year.

    I would think that by next year, those riders on the Trans, will have a separated paved option once they leave the Colonial Parkway / Jamestown Festival area, all the way to the Willis Church Road split off of Hwy 5. No dealing with sand trucks anymore.

    For us riders of the Virginia Capital trail, we will have to wait until Sept of 2015 to complete the 55 mile trek to Richmond. Hmmmm....never thought about this until now, but an out and back on this route will qualify for a century ride on completely paved segregated bike path. Sweeeeet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullcount View Post
    For us riders of the Virginia Capital trail, we will have to wait until Sept of 2015 to complete the 55 mile trek to Richmond. Hmmmm....never thought about this until now, but an out and back on this route will qualify for a century ride on completely paved segregated bike path. Sweeeeet!
    SWEET INDEED!!! I rode a lot of what has been built when we did Bike Virginia this year -- the trail is awesome.

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