“Virginia 3Capitals” Bike Tour

A new, premium, bike touring experience brought to you by
SPOKES Magazine, Bike Virginia, and VeloSante Cycling Services.

7 days, 6 nights, 255 miles…and only 13 cyclists per tour!

For 30 years SPOKES Magazine has led our readers to great places to ride in the Mid-Atlantic states and now we are teaming up with two expert touring organizations to give you a premium bike touring experience. SPOKES is partnering with VeloSante Cycling Services and Bike Virginia to offer the new “Virginia 3 Capitals Tour”

Come Ride with Us on the “Virginia 3 Capitals” Bike Tour!

On this relaxing seven day, six night tour you’ll visit the three Capitals of Virginia: Richmond, Williamsburg, and Jamestown. You’ll also visit historic tidewater Smithfield. The selected routes offer both paved bike path and lower traffic roads for your Central and Eastern Virginia exploration. Roll along side beautiful plantations, float on a ferry across the James River, explore the early civilization of Jamestown, stroll through historic Williamsburg, and visit many other charming spots along the way. There’s so much to see and do in the region and we’ll help you experience the very best of it.

The “Virginia 3 Capitals Tour” will be offered in both Spring and Fall 2019.

 

THE EXPERIENCE:

Ride as much or as little as you like…this tour is all about flexibility and personalization. You choose your experience! Whether you want to pedal out some good miles or luxuriate in the hotel, we’ve got you covered! We happily welcome non-riding family and friends in our tour groups – our abundant off bike options will keep everyone happy.

If you want a “real riding” bike tour experience, the “Virginia 3 Capitals Tour” gives you that. Each day our routes range from 40-60 miles. There are two 60-mile days, all other days are 46 miles or less.  The entire tour is 255 miles.

But don’t worry – it’s not all or nothing! Use the 15-passenger van as a distance, or pace moderator, you’ll have the experience you want. In other words, ride to your satisfaction, then hop a ride in the van as you wish. The van is always available as a SAG; use it to drop or pick up riding necessities, get out of the weather, or take a rest.

And if you take the day off or bring along non-riding family and friends, there will be plenty to do. Take it easy in the hotel or explore the historic local attractions – our “Virginia 3 Capitals Tour” gives you plenty of off bike options.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Lodging for 6 nights
  • Riding for 7 days
  • Most meals
  • Van transportation
  • On-route rest stops with snacks and beverages during the day
  • A riding guide. Ride on your own or join Charlton or Lynn on the route
  • Maps, Cues, and GPS file

TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1:  Arrive Richmond. We meet in the afternoon at the Marriott Courtyard in downtown Richmond.  Gathering as a group, we assemble and prep the bicycles for our week-long cycling adventure.  Dinner is scheduled for 7:00 pm at an award winning, farm to table restaurant.

Day 2:  Richmond to Smithfield. After a light breakfast at the hotel, we load bicycles and luggage for transport to Waverly for our first ride.  This 34-mile ride includes a lunch stop at the historic (1929) Virginia Diner in Wakefield and country roads until the outskirts of Smithfield.  The route ends at our lodging location for the next two nights, Smithfield Station on the bank of the Pagan River.  Some guests may wish to then stroll in the historic downtown, while others may prefer to relax on their private waterfront balcony.  Our local seafood and barbecue dinner is served dockside.  Welcome to tidewater Virginia! (Mileage: 34 miles along flat and rolling terrain)

Day 3:  Smithfield Loop.  Breakfast at the hotel, then onto the bikes for a beautiful 60-mile loop; then returning to the Smithfield Station for showers, walks uptown, visit to the local brewpub, or those magnetic waterfront views from your private balcony. Dinner will include Smithfield Station’s award winning crabcakes. (Mileage: 60 along flat and rolling terrain.)

Day 4:  Smithfield to Williamsburg. Breakfast – save room for lunch at Chippokes State Park, where we will have a catered lunch followed by a visit to a local creamery for homemade ice cream.  We then ride to the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry, where we take a 15-minute ride across the James River.  After debarking we ride through the historic Jamestown Settlement, the first capital of Virginia.  Next, we ride a quiet segment of the historic Colonial Parkway to the Williamsburg Lodge.  We will enjoy regional flavors at a fine, local restaurant, seldom found by visitors. (Mileage: 46 miles along flat and rolling terrain.)

Day 5:  Williamsburg Loop.  This is your day to explore Williamsburg.  There are so many options.  Some may choose to do a morning Williamsburg ride, others may take advantage of the hotel’s spa services or shop in colonial Williamsburg.  In the afternoon, there will be a guided tour of historic Williamsburg.  Lunch and dinner are yours to choose today. (Mileage:  37 miles along flat and rolling terrain.)

Day 6:  Williamsburg to Richmond. After breakfast at the hotel, we ride on Virginia’s stellar bicycle route:  The Virginia Capital Trail.  This recently completed bicycle route meanders through meadows, farmlands and along the James River all the way into Richmond.  We stop for lunch at the Upper Shirley Vineyards and then tour the adjacent  Shirley Plantation.  We then continue on the VCT to our downtown Richmond accommodations.  Tonight we will share our final dinner at a landmark Richmond restaurant. (Mileage:  62 miles along flat and rolling terrain.)

Day 7:  Richmond Loop. Start the day with an early morning downtown Richmond loop.  Ride along Monument Avenue and other significant sites.  After returning to our hotel, there is plenty of time for showering and packing up before heading to our farewell gourmet brunch at a signature establishment.  The afternoon will be free to comfortably accommodate your travel requirements. (Mileage:  16 miles along flat and rolling terrain.)

PRICING:

  • $2786 based on double occupancy
  • $650 supplement for single occupancy

     Maximum number of guests:  13

DATES:

  • TBA

OUR PARTNERS:

SPOKES has teamed up with two powerhouse touring experts, VeloSante Cycling Services and Bike Virginia to offer riders the opportunity to see Virginia’s beautiful riding in a small boutique tour environment.

   

VeloSante Cycling Services [tel:828-367-7490], an industry leader in rider support and tour logistics, completes this collaboration with complete ground operations services. VeloSante’s team, Charlton DuRant and Lynn Petrotte are the guides and van support team for these boutique tour rides. VeloSante provides variety of services to make your trip complete including ground transportation, bike receiving/shipping, mechanic services, and gear transport.  From the moment you arrive on the tour until the last mile of your last day, Charlton and Lynn will make sure you are well cared for.

Bike Virginia brings 30 years of regional knowledge and logistical expertise to support this new tour service. The team at Bike Virginia has been selecting the most beloved bike routes and working with localities to deliver outstanding tour experiences since 1988. Each year Bike Virginia hosts up to 2,000 people for their annual cycling events. Bike Virginia brings route planning and registration services to you for this touring experience.

TO REGISTER:

Registration will open soon for 2019!

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