Richmond Area Bicycling Association Non-RABA Events Non-RABA Cycling Related Events

Natural Bridge Cycling Challenge

Natural Bridge, VA

May 1, 2016

The Natural Bridge Cycling Challenge is a gran Fondo-style mass participation ride (timed event). What this means is that riders will start in one of three groups - based on the route length chosen - under the majestic stone arch of Natural Bridge, and they will be timed over their route's distance, either 27, 62 or 94 miles. Riders in the longest ride (94 miles) will have their time taken for the 4-mile Montebello climb up to the Blue Ridge Parkway as well.

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Pedal the Parkway 2016

Williamsburg, VA

Saturday, May 7th 2016 from 8 AM to 1 PM

Cycle, run or hike along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. The 19th Pedal the Parkway is totally FREE and will be held from 8 AM to 1 PM on Saturday, May 7th, 2016, rain or shine. Eight miles of empty, car free pavement will be waiting for you and your family to have fun in the great outdoors. This is a great ride to introduce younger family members to the joys of road cycling. Start at your own time, proceed at your own pace, enjoy refreshments at the midway point. For more information please visit or find us on Facebook.


Williamsburg, Richmond, Charles City

May 14, 2016

Richmond to Williamsburg and Williamsburg to Richmond and back. Take in the abundant beauty as the route brings you through Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields and across farmland that remains largely unchanged since our country's colonial days. When available along your chosen route, please hop on the newly completed, beautiful Virginia Capital Trail and enjoy a safe spin on this world-class amenity!

More info here.

Devils Backbone Blue Ridge Metric

200 Mosbys Run,
Nellysford, VA 22958

May 15, 2016

Blue Ridge Metric Bike Ride at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. 8AM. Ride a very beautiful and challenging metric century in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Nelson County VA. The ride will ascend the epic climb of Vesuvius and descend beautiful Crabtree Falls Highway and will start and finish at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Your registration includes gift card for beer or food at Devils Backbone Brewing Company and free primitive camping site at Devils Backbone Brewing Company. Crossroads of Route 151 and Route 664.

More info here.

Tour de Madison

Syria, VA

May 21, 2016

Ride through the rolling hills and country side of historic Madison County. There are 20, 45 and 65 mile ride options. This is a fully supported event.

More info here.

Tour de Chespeake

Mathews County, VA

May 21, 2016

The County of Mathews, the Mathews Land Conservancy, and the Mathews Visitor Center are your hosts for this event. Celebrate the arrival of spring with a weekend of scenic cycling- great FLAT routes with views of the water everywhere you turn delicious local eats, toe-tapping music, and nice, down-home folks to help you with whatever you need.

More info here.

Tour de Floyd

Floyd, VA

May 1, 2016

The Tour de Floyd is a scenic metric century ride with nearly half of its 62 miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway! Come experience Floyd- the place with only one stoplight in the entire county, no four lane highways and more cows than people. Fifty mile views from Parkway overlooks and handpicked farm fresh country roads... paved, of course. Proceeds benefit Floyd Rescue Squad.

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Storming Thunder Ridge

Lynchburg, VA

May 22, 2016

Storming of Thunder Ridge starts in Lynchburg and is a fund-raiser benefiting the YMCA of Central Virginia. This is a challenging ride in the Blue Ridge Mountains with 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile options. Riders can take advantage of the YMCA amenities: shower facilities, whirlpool, and swimming pools.

More info here.

Wilderness Road Ride

Radford, VA

May 28, 2016

A scenic and historical adventure through southwest Virginia's beautiful New River Valley, the ride follows part of Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road. This is a ride for the whole family to enjoy, with something for everyone- 4 routes to choose from ranging from a 29 mile relaxed journey for novices, to a 79 mile challenge for the fittest cyclist. All routes start and finish in Radford, at the Dedmon Center and Bisset Park.

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Mountains of Misery

Newport, VA

May 29, 2016

Mountains of Misery is a challenging bike ride for dedicated road cyclists through the heart of southwest Virginia. The annual timed event features century (100+ mi) and double-metric century (200 km/124+ mi) options- both ending in a tough, four-mile 12%-16% graded climb to the finish. Join the post-ride celebration, including lots of food with plenty of time to relax and enjoy your accomplishments with all your cycling friends.

More info here.

Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2016

New Holland, PA

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Celebrate farmland preservation with Lancaster Farmland Trust's Pedal to Preserve 2016. With distances of 6, 20, and 51 miles, these 3 leisure routes provide scenic views of more than 75 preserved farms in the heart of beautiful Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. For families, novice riders, and experienced cyclists, this event offers fun for all ages and abilities. Pedal to Preserve 2016 is a leisure ride, not a race. Marked routes, SAG support, breakfast snacks, rest stops, and lunch are included in your registration.

Garden Spot Village
433 South Kinzer Avenue
New Holland, PA 17557

Time: Registration begins at 7 AM, 8 am departure for 51 mile, 9 AM departure for 20 mile and 9:30 AM departure for 6 mile ride.

Pre-registration- $35.00
Day of Registration- $40.00

Questions? Contact Lancaster Farmland Trust at 717-687-8484 or

Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads

Richmond or Smithfield

June 4-5, 2016

Choose from two start locations - Richmond or Smithfield:

  • 1-Day Loop Routes depart from Richmond (25 or 50 miles) and Smithfield on Sunday, June 5th.
  • 2-Day Routes depart from Richmond (75 or 100 miles/day) and Smithfield (43, 75, or 100 miles/day) and meet in Williamsburg on June 4th, returning from Williamsburg to the start locations on June 5th.

To register or for more details:

This is the inaugural Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads, combining the former Bike MS: Ride Virginia, Bike MS: Virginia's Ocean to Bay Ride, and Bike MS: Tour de Vine.

Bike MS is the number one fundraising cycling series in the nation. To date, Bike MS cyclists, volunteers and donors have raised over $1 billion so people affected by Multiple Sclerosis can live their best lives as we stop MS in its tracks, restore what's been lost and end MS forever. With each pedal stroke you'll be helping us reach our goal-a world free of MS.

Jamestown Gran Fondo

Jamestown, VA

June 11, 2016

The Jamestown Gran Fondo is ideally situated in the heart of Virginia's Historic Triangle. This beautiful ride rapidly takes you on to low traffic, country roads where the pavement is nice and the hills are small. After finishing everyone can enjoy BBQ and beer by the finish line next to the Jamestown Settlement. Don't miss out on this wonderful time of year to be in Williamsburg, VA.

More info here.

Warm Springs Mountain Challenge

Bath County, VA

June 11-12, 2016

This challenge is a 2-day riding event in beautiful Bath County. You can sign up for either a single day or both days of riding. There are 3 distances both days, a 20-30 mile "family" ride, a metric century (66 miles) and a century ride (100 miles). There is a special category named in honor of Ann Bailey who lived in these parts in the 1700's and is famous for her two-day, 100-mile ride to help save folks during a battle in the Revolutionary War. For the Mad Ann Bailey, you'll be riding the century ride on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Big Pencil to Big Walker Charity Ride

Wytheville, VA

June 18, 2016

The Big Pencil to Big Walker Charity Ride - Proceeds benefit HOPE, an umbrella human services organization delivering housing and anti-poverty programs to the southwest Virginia counties of Wythe, Bland, Carroll, Smyth and Grayson and the City of Galax. The ride begins near downtown Wytheville and the iconic Wytheville Office Supply "Big Pencil" before heading out through the pastoral counties of Wythe and Bland with one, two or three climbs of Big Walker Mountain. There is a metric century 62 miles (3 climbs up Big Walker Mtn), 44 miles (2 climbs) and 32 mile (1 climb).

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The Artie Levin Memorial Century

Salem, VA

June 26, 2016

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club is proud to present one of the most scenic and challenging century rides in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cycling enthusiasts from near and far gather to celebrate the life of our club founder, Artie Levin. This annual event is dedicated to the memory of Artie's life, and his many contributions to the Roanoke Valley and surrounding communities. If 100 miles on a bicycle is hard to comprehend, there are 3 other routes (50, 38 and 15 miles) one of which should suit your interests. Registration starts in February.

More info here.

Bike Virginia Tour

Woodstock and Harrisonburg, VA

June 24-29, 2016

This is the 29th annual event with a pilgrimage to one of Virginia's most prized cycling areas- the Shenandoah Valley region, as seen through the areas surrounding Woodstock and Harrisonburg! The focus is on great riding, relaxing, entertainment, exploration, fun and just the right services to keep you happy and comfortable. Come for a day, three days (weekend or weekday), or the whole 6-day adventure!

More info here.

Gran Fondo Alleghany

Covington & Clifton Forge, VA

July 9, 2016

Come to scenic Covington and Clifton Forge in the Alleghany Highlands region of Virginia for this annual event. Easily accessible from Interstate 64. The Alleghany Highlands' majestic peaks and picturesque valleys might be mistaken for a region of France or Germany. With electronic chip timing, a King of the Mountains competition, and a mass start, all the elements of the classic European Gran Fondo will be here stateside and served up with southern hospitality. Registration to begin in mid-January. This is a fully supported timed event.

More info here.

Culpeper Gran Fondo

Culpeper, VA

July 30, 2016

The Culpeper Gran Fondo began in 2015 with rave reviews; in 2016 it will kick off the Culpeper Endurance Festival with 32, 62 and 100 mile options. Join fellow cyclists on low traffic, country roads that wind through horse country, farmland, forests, trout streams and vineyards all within sight of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Each distance is fully supported with mechanics and well stocked aid stations. All rides start at 7:30am with a mass start.

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Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge

Monterey, VA

August 6, 2016

Highland County's annual event features 4 courses of different ability levels - 27 miles, 53 miles, 67 miles and 105 miles - covering 2 States, 3 Counties, 9 mountains and over 13,720 feet of climbing.

More info here.

Tour de Frederick

Frederick, Maryland

August 12-14, 2016

For cycling enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels, the Tour de Frederick features unique ride routes that showcase the beauty of Frederick County, emphasize its rich history and fosters camaraderie among the riders. This event has grown dramatically since its inception and over 500 participants are expected this year. When you ride the Tour de Frederick, you are also supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County.

You can also see also the only High Wheel race in the US on Aug 13. Find out more about it at

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2016 Covered Bridge Metric Century, presented by Lancaster Bicycle Club

Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602

Sunday, August 21, 2016, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm

The Covered Bridge Metric Century is a classic Pennsylvania bicycle ride now in its 38th year. It offers beautiful routes of 100k, 50k, and 25k, covering some of the most scenic cycling terrain anywhere. Each route traverses through covered bridges and past Amish farms. The routes all cover rolling terrain with only moderate climbing. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Lancaster Bicycle Club's grant program which has donated over $275,000 for bike-related initiatives since 1999. Plus, the Club donates funds that go directly to restoring the beloved covered bridges of Lancaster County. We've made some changes this year, including revised routes and revamped rest stop offerings. Registration is now open at

More information is here
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Lakes and Grapes Century

Fredricksburg, VA

September 10, 2016

The Lakes and Grapes Century ride will include the Stonewall Jackson shrine, picturesque views of Lake Anna and the Lake Anna Winery. For those riding the 50 and 75 miler you don't get the lake but you do get the Shrine and the rest stop at the award-winning Lake Anna Winery. Taste some of the finest wine in Virginia. Buy your favorites and have the bottles delivered to you at the finish line.

More info here.

Shenandoah Valley Century

September 11, 2016

A valley tradition with ride options for 25, 50, and 100 or more miles. Scenic vistas, small towns, beautiful farms, quiet roads, and more. All routes are paved and have low traffic volume. Ride at your own pace, the route will be patrolled by automobile sag to provide assistance as needed. A food and drink stop is provided every 25 miles and at the midpoint of the 25-mile ride.

More info here.

Surry Century Ride

Surry, VA

September 17, 2016

Experience the heart of Southeastern Virginia by bike. See rural towns, farmland, historic plantations, and very few cars. The Surry Century ride begins at the Surry Athletic Field behind the Surry Courthouse. During your visit enjoy Chippokes Plantation State Park and historic Bacon's Castle.

More info here.

Rappahannock Rough Ride

Washington, VA

September 17, 2016

Take a ride through the hills of Rappahannock County in this popular bicycle event. Multiple route options range from a family friendly 12 mile loop through Little Washington and Flint Hill, two paved/unpaved road Rough Ride options to the full 60 mile paved route. Proceeds benefit the Fauquier Free Clinic. Registration to begin at the end of January, first week in February.

More info here.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Cycling Challenge

Crozet, VA

September 18, 2016

The ride begins at the Swim Club located at 380 Claremont Ln., Crozet, VA 22932. The full ride sets off at 8am and has four, fully supported, scenic routes available with mile options of 25, 50, 75, and 100. Aid stations are stocked with food, drinks, and energy items as well as our famous and amazing volunteers. Routes are clearly marked and directed with course marshals at every turn. There is an 8 mile family ride and 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile options. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia which supports over 2,000 local youth by offering over 1,500 hours of programs each year in six different Clubs.

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Jeremiah Bishop's Gran Fondo

Harrisonburg, VA

September 25, 2016

The route begins in Harrisonburg, Virginia and covers approximately 107 miles, featuring over 11,000 feet of climbing. While the Alpine Loop is a challenge, it's an adventure suitable for VERY fit cycling enthusiasts. You don't need to be a racer to tackle these mountains! In fact, well prepared riders who set a brisk steady pace and take full advantage of the rest station amenities are sure to reach the Finish Line with smiles! There are two timed KOM/QOM sections.

More info here.

Martin's Tour of Richmond

Richmond Raceway Complex

Oct. 1, 2016

What is a Gran Fondo? "Gran Fondo" means "Big Ride" in Italian. Gran Fondos are long distance, mass-participation cycling events- not races- that are immensely popular in Italy. Participation is open to recreational and competitive amateur cyclists. All abilities are welcome! Some cyclists enter for the challenge and satisfaction of making it to the finish line; others want to push themselves and their friends! Choose the full 101-mile Gran Fondo or the shorter 58 or 26 mile distance. It's an experience fit for a pro and open to anyone who loves to ride!

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Culpeper Cycling Century

Culpeper, VA

October 1, 2016

Located in Culpeper, ride the scenic roads of Culpeper with 35, 65 and 100 mile options. This ride benefits the Culpeper Recreation Foundation, Inc. (a 501(c) 3 non-profit) as they strive to achieve their mission of promoting recreation in Culpeper County.

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Tour de Bland

Bland, VA

October 8, 2016

The Tour de Bland is an annual road cycling ride and 5k run to support the fundraising efforts for the Relay For Life in Bland County, VA. The entire event is hosted by employees and friends of ABB's Dry-type Transformer factory located just a few blocks from the starting line. There are 15, 37, 73, and 100 mile ride options through beautiful fall county roads and depending on your route, climbs up and over 4 mountains.

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Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival

Staunton, VA

October 14-16, 2016

A full weekend of riding- constant vistas of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains enhance your enjoyment of the scenic countryside of the Shenandoah Valley. The event annually draws over 600 riders from up and down the mid-Atlantic states and beyond- was recently featured in 2014 U.S. News and World Report's Travel as one of America's Best Fall Bike Rides. Choose from 13 different routes of varying degrees of difficulty. There's everything from a 6.4-mile family route on Saturday to a 100-miler "century" on Sunday. All routes open at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m., with a long, rolling lunch break each day.

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Between the Waters Ride

Cape Charles, Virginia

October 22, 2016

The Between the Waters Bike Tour is sponsored by Citizens for a Better Eastern Shore (CBES) and winds through interesting historic towns and communities and along back roads to scenic rest stops that overlook the Atlantic seaside and the Chesapeake Bay. The start/finish locations rotate between Wachapreague, Nassawadox, Onancock and Cape Charles. Riders have a choice of 20, 40, 60 or 100-mile routes with staggered start times.

More information is here: here

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