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Old 08-05-14, 02:11 PM
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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 .

They hold World Championship Races, That rainbow Jersey is the Prize.

the article ia about a US College event.


racing is not touring Touring is not a Win-Lose contest.

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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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Originally Posted by vespoli
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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Originally Posted by Fullcount
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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what advice do you have for staying within about 30 miles of richmond during the race? i'm looking for maybe churches or other campgrounds to stay cheap or free if i tour there from greenville south carolina.
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The Virginia Capital Trail's website has a map with no key - at least no key that is immediately accessible.
Maybe they want you to click a couple of dozen times - everybody wants more clicks these days.
But a map like that would have flunked Cartography 101 in my day.
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Originally Posted by Lone
what advice do you have for staying within about 30 miles of richmond during the race? i'm looking for maybe churches or other campgrounds to stay cheap or free if i tour there from greenville south carolina.
Willis Methodist Church might fit the bill from a distance standpoint. It has a bike hostel available for riders on the TransAm. May want to look their number up on one of the ACA maps and cal ahead to see what the situation is like. I am hearing stories of all hotels from Virginai Beach to Roanoke being booked for this race..., so staying at the church for any duration might be stretching their hospitality.

And an update on the Virginia Capital trail there is now 29 continuous miles from Jamestown to the other side of Charles City Courthouse. Lot of activity now in Richmond and seems to be feasible this trail will be complete by the time the World Championships come to town.
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