Friday, October 31, 2008

Bike The Valley...

For Immediate Release: Regional Bike Advocacy Group Launches Website –
For more information: contact Bonnie Riedesel, Interim Executive Director, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission 112 MacTanly Place Staunton, VA 24401 540-885-5174 or

With the growing popularity in bicycling for exercise, recreation, and as a means of transportation, citizens and tourists are looking for safe and convenient roads to bike.
Now there is an online resource assembled by riders of the area to help you choose your route whatever your reason for riding the roads of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.

The website is a product of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission’s (CSPDC) Bike Pedestrian Committee – an advocacy group with representatives from the 10 local jurisdictions in the planning district and staffed by the CSPDC. In 2004 a group of concerned citizens approached the CSPDC and their local governments with hopes of making their communities more bicycle friendly and safer for all users of the Valley’s roads.

For the past several years, the committee has raised funds through state grants, local government contributions, bicycle clubs and recreation departments, to develop a bicycle plan and raise awareness about bicycling and walking issues. The group has been instrumental in working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to make improvements such as bicycle lanes, wider paved shoulders, and safety signage.

Additionally the group has identified and mapped over 40 on-road bicycle routes throughout the region. The routes offer a great variety of length and difficulty so that there is something for families and beginners, recreational cyclists, and veteran riders. These routes and associated information can be found on the group’s new website ( The website includes route maps along with turn-by-turn directions, lengths, elevations and other information. The maps can be downloaded and printed to use. Other important information can be found on the website including links to local bicycle clubs and shops, safety tips and rules of the road, bicycle tours and events as well as links to each of the cities and counties in the region.

Nancy Sorrells, chairman of the bicycle committee and a cyclist, is enthusiastic about the new website. “These routes were developed by the riders who know from personal experience the best roads and routes around. Our committee hopes that local riders can use the website to explore new, soon-to-be favorite, rides, and that visitors can use this website as a guide to the wonderful outdoor recreational possibilities that exist in our area. You could not ask for a better area to ride. We have something here for every skill level and there is no better way to view our scenic countryside than from the saddle of a bicycle.”

Lee Hersch, founding committee chairman says that, “It is our intent that this website will promote the health, recreational, tourism, transportation and economic benefits of cycling for everyone. Our goal is to make roads in the Central Shenandoah Valley safer for people who cycle including children, families, and commuters. Safer roads for cyclists will also make roads safer for motorists”.

For more information about the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee please visit the or call the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission at 540-885-5174.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Blue Ridge Cup Final

The final was hosted in Charlottesville at the Tevendale Farm as the foofs accrued the most points. A placing they held at the end of the race, Congratulations C'ville. The Trophy is yours, earned well.

I was the only rider from Staunton, as everyone else had other priorities. Matt, I hope you got into the convo. Jonathan, heal up and get back to Virginia. James, well you had to work we understand.

Patrick, where were you??? Bathed in the glow of your computer monitor? Too cool to take part in the Blue Ridge Cup? No ride, you can't use that excuse...

Rides for the weekend.

The Paranormal Race at the Tevendale Farm on Saturday. 6 hours of fun on the farm, starts at 4pm, bring lights.

James is leading a big ride on Whetstone Ridge on Sunday. Lots of climbing, delicious singletrack, plan on most of the day.

If you don't want to go big and would rather stay close to town, or you can't get a kitchen pass for the Whetstone or Paranormal rides, VerMonty Matt and I will be hitting the stash then rolling MHP at 10am on Sunday.

Do something, Go Ride.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Blue Ridge Cup 3

The Queen City is hosting round 3 of the Blue Ridge Cup presented by Starr Hill Brewery. Time to show the cutters and foofs what a proper 'cross course looks like. First, no single track. Second, no singletrack. And third, no single track. Lots of off camber grass turns, some gravel, a bit of pavement, some more fast grass turns, steep hills going up and down, forced dismounts via staircases, might even have a barrier section, it's going to hurt. Bring It On.

ok that wasn't really about cyclocross but cheerleaders (and hecklers) are always appreciated. So if you don't want to hurt for 45 minutes and would rather cheer for Staunton's finest or heckle racers from the 'burg or the 'ville be at Montgomery Hall Park tomorrow 10/21 for the race at 5:30.

Beer at Black Dog Bikes or my place around 7.

See ya there.

hup hup hup

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blue Ridge Cup 2

Staunton represented in C'ville at the second edition of the Cup. The c'ville crew rolled big with multiple National Champions in attendence and of course the Rocktown Cutters were at the sharp end of the race. Matt, Jonathan and I did what we could do and scored points for the Queen City. Gotta give it up to the Rocktown Riders who raced hard then lighted up and rolled back to H'burg on their bikes.

Next edition is at Montgomery Hall Park, time to show C'ville and the Burg what a proper 'cross course is. Tuesday at 5:30pm.

be there.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Blue Ridge Cup

The Blue Ridge Cup has begun.

The first race of the Blue Ridge Cup took place on Tuesday in H’burg. VerMonty Matt and I represented Staunton and left the ‘burg with a second place standing. Ha Take that c’ville!!! Check out the recap at Jeremiah’s blog.

Okay, the next race is Tuesday and is across the mountain in C’ville. We need to roll in strong and show ‘em what Staunton has. Cyclocross or Mountain bikes will work and don’t forget to bring wives, girlfriends (if you have both, choose just one) and husbands/boyfriends, kids, parents and friends, WE GET POINTS FOR SPECTATORS.

The race will take place at the Tevendale Farm near Earlysville. 551 Allen Rd

The race will begin at 5:30 on Tuesday.

Oh yeah did I mention that the Blue Ridge Cup is sponsored by Starr Hill Brewery?

No cost to race, other than some sweat and blood, both of which can be replenished with Free Beer after the race.

I’m there, so who’s showing up to race and represent Staunton???

Sunday, October 05, 2008

new post...

the hiatus has ended.

moved into the new house.

will start riding my bike again.

will be blogging.

Shenandoah Valley bicycle advocacy and events.

ride/race reports.

now that I found the laptop.

and got the bikes out of storage.