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Shenandoah and the Virginias

Ride Details

Dates: July 26-Aug 1, 2020

Distance: 27-90 miles daily

Cost: $2695

Rider Level: Active - Advanced

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In 2017, while on the West Virginia-"Wild and Wonderful " tour, we fell in love with the area and the neighboring mountains of Virginia.  In 2019, decided this is ideal riding in these two states. With a name like "Wild and Wonderful "and "VA is for Lovers" you can't go wrong. These two states are packed with Civil War history, farming and coal heritage, outdoor activities, raw natural beauty and good ole southern hospitality that will create a memorable cycling and adventure experience you should not miss.

On our "Shenandoah" Tour, we focus on mountains of VA in and around the Shenandoah Valley and the Washington and Jefferson National Forests. We still visit the eastern portion of the state of WV in and around the Snowshow and The Potomac Highlands. All of WV sits within the Appalachian range, therefore giving WV the name the "Mountain State". We will visit and reside nightly in the historic towns of  Marlinton and Cass, WV as well as Lexington and Warm Springs, VA.There are some great small towns with art, upscale southern dining, Civil War history, equine centers, and wonderful adventure activities. Both of the Virginias have small towns with names ending with "Springs".  And yes, there are springs. Along with the springs come wonderful rock formations, caves, beautiful lush green farms and wildlife. This tour provides time to enjoy the water and experience the natural caves. There is never enough time on a cycling tour, so consider staying after a few extra days to take in the local attractions, experience excellent spring fly fishing or call some of our local riding buddies for extra time in the saddle.

Tour Details: July 26-Aug 1, 2020 (Sun- Sat) 6 nights/6 days  Price: $2695 Single room supplement $450 Rental Bikes: Please inquire about availability. Limited availability.

Travel Logistics: Make flight arrangements in and out of Roanoke, VA. Pick up time will be by 3 PM on Sept 7. Drop off time will be Sept 13 by 4 PM. If Driving in, Meet at our starting hotel in Lexington, VA.

Included: All  upscale lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hour on the 1st evening, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides, Guided walking tour of Historic Lexington and the VA Equestrian center.

Accommodations: Best Western Hunt Ridge- Lexington, Inn at Gristmill, Cass State Park Cabins, Hummingbird Inn, Greenbrier River Lodge

Our daily rides are designed for what we would call a fit rider because of the short steep hills. Daily distances will range between 32 and 80 miles depending on the terrain for the day. Thus, we would classify this tour as appropriate for the "Active" level of Rider not necessarily the Advanced rider.

Pre-tour Day 0  We meet at the Inn in Lexington, VA

Day 1- Lexington - Natural Bridge Loop- Lexington (45 miles 3754, elevation gain)

Day 2- Lexington - Rockbridge Baths- Longdale State Park- Healing Springs (43 miles, 3875 elevation gain miles)

Day 3- Healing Springs - Warm Springs - Minnehaha Springs - Marlinton, WV-  (42.9 miles, 2624 elevation miles)

Day 4 - Marlington- Cass- Snowshoe (27-53 miles,  2700-4921 elevation gain)

Day 5- Cass- George Washington National Forest-Goshen Springs (up to 90 mile if desired, 5079 elevation gain)

Day 6- Goshen-Steeles Tavern - Blue Ridge Pkwy- Lexington (29-62.9 miles, 1400- 5779 elevation gain)

Total Miles: Up to 336

 Sample elevation profiles.  Please request Itinerary.

Lexington/Natural BridgeThe Best of the Virginias

Lexington/Warmsprings  The Best of the Virginias