Thursday, March 24, 2016
“Bike for Your Right” Richmond to DC Ride Announced
Sports Backers, with an assist from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, announced on Wednesday the inaugural Ride to DC: Bike for Your Right event, a 160-mile ride from Richmond, Virginia to Gateway Park in Rosslyn on 23-24 July 2016. FABB is encouraging interested northern Virginia cyclists to participate in this challenging and fun advocacy ride to demonstrate our area’s strong support for bicycling in the Commonwealth.
|Gov. McAuliffe at the announcement. (photo courtesy of WRIC News)|
The ride will rely on back roads and trails to cover the distance between Richmond and Fredericksburg on the first day. On day two, riders will bike from Fredericksburg along the western border of Quantico Marine Corps Base into Manassas and Chantilly before joining the Fairfax County Parkway trail into Reston. From there, the riders will take the W&OD trail south to the Custis Trail and into Rosslyn. Early registration costs $150, which includes access to food and water stations every 15 miles and a complimentary beer for riders over 21 who make the finish line.
Sports Backers, a Richmond-based sports commission that promotes active and healthy lifestyles, organizes and supports numerous nationally recognized sporting events. Sports Backers created Bike Walk RVA—a regional program to support bike and pedestrian friendly policies, programs, and infrastructure projects. During the past 23 years Sports Backers’ events have contributed to Richmond’s growing reputation for sports tourism, which has had a tremendous positive economic benefit for the region.
Any idea what the average pace would be for rides like these? What types of bikes do you see, go-fast bikes only?