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Love Sport? Love Art? Love music?

The City of Williamsburg, a known "bicycling community" and a designated "Bike Friendly Community" by The League of American Bicyclists, is a perfect location for Spoke & Art, a one-week long combination sport, art and culinary event that will take place on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg on Francis Street (formerly the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum) beginning today through Sunday, September 27, 2015. 326 West Francis Street in Colonial Williamsburg. image

Under the Spoke & Art tent you will find a pop-up sports bar, The HandleBar, with a big screen TV to watch the races in real-time; fresh, local restaurant food and beverage for purchase and a gallery of sports paintings, sculptures and photography curated by John Lee Matney, owner of Linda Matney Art Gallery, plus a large display of Las Bicicletas bicycle sculptures in three sizes to purchase and enjoy.

Come out for lunch everyday and watch the race LIVE.

There are many more events like morning yoga sessions, business night, and the Williamsburg Celebrates Art Contemporary Artisans Show. A list of all the events can be found at www.spoke-n-art.com.

Spoke & art kickoff night

Monday 9/21 from 5-9 PM

 

imageCome on out to kickoff this week of fun and excitement.  The DOG Street Pub Running Club will be ending their weekly 5K run under the tent. Legend has it that they love to drink a beer or two when they’re done, so why not join them?

Live music by The Hark.

Food and drink will be available for purchase from the Dog Street Pub.

More events here

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Williamsburg VA Named a Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards, and Williamsburg has been named a Bronze Level BFC.  The award recognizes the City’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.

Williamsburg is the first community in Hampton Roads to be designated a Bicycle Friendly Community. It joins only seven other cities in Virginia: Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, Arlington, Alexandria, Roanoke, Reston and Richmond. (View complete list here)

imageBecoming a Bicycle Friendly Community is the result of more than 40 years of partnerships and collaboration — by local and regional governments, the private sector, and enthusiastic, determined citizens,” said Williamsburg Mayor Clyde Haulman. “Receiving this designation not only fulfills one of Council’s longtime goals, but most importantly, inspires us to continue to make improvements to our bicycle infrastructure in the future.”
The BFC program provides a roadmap to building a Bicycle Friendly Community, and the application itself has become a rigorous and an educational tool in itself.  Planning Director Reed Nester and Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes spearheaded the application effort for the City.

The first Regional Bikeway Plan was adopted in 1993 by Williamsburg, James City and York County. There are now 11 miles of bike lanes and paths in the City (68% of those planned), a total of 69 miles of bicycle facilities for the three jurisdictions, plus 40 additional miles of shared roadway facilities on roads maintained by the National Park Service. 
Since its inception, more then 500 distinct communities have applied to be a BFE, and the five levels of the award – diamond, platinum, gold, silver and bronze – provide a clear incentive for communities to continuously improve. To learn more about the program, visit bikeleague.org/community.

Read more about cycling in the Williamsburg VA area here

Cap2Cap Ride is next weekend

Next weekend  on Saturday, May 11, you can join over 2000 bike riders for one of Virginia’s largest cycling events — the Capital to Capital ride, aka Cap2Cap — a fundraiser for the Virginia Capital Trail FoundationNext weekend  on Saturday, May 11, you can join over 2000 bike riders for one of Virginia’s largest cycling events — the Capital to Capital ride, aka Cap2Cap — a fundraiser for the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation

Cap2Cap is a unique in having starts at both ends — Richmond and Williamsburg — with 15, 25, 50, and 100 mile out-and-back options. Pedal through 400 years of Virginia history, and help raise funds to make the Virginia Capital Trail a world-class experience.

When completed, the 55 mile Virginia Capital Trail will connect past and present capitals of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Richmond along the scenic Route 5 corridor.

For more information and to register, see the event page at the Foundation website.

2013 Schedule

Friday, May 10, 2013
4:00-8:00 pm   Packet Pick Up, Ride Day Registration at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery for Richmond riders

5:00-8:00 pm   Packet Pick Up, Ride Day Registration at American Family Fitness for Williamsburg riders

Saturday, May 11, 2013
Ride Day Schedule
6:30-8:45 am     Check-In for 25, 50 and 100 mile routes
8:45-9:15             Check-In for 15-Mile ride (Williamsburg Only)
7:30                       SyCom Century Start.  Course Support Begins
8:30                       Sands Anderson Half-Century Start
9:00                       Busch Gardens 25-Miler Start
9:30                       Eco Discovery Park 15-Mile Fun Ride (Williamsburg Only)  on the Virginia Capital Trail
11:00                     Vendor Expo Opens
11:30                     Lunch and Musical Entertainment Begins
3:30                      Vendor Expo Ends
4:00                      Lunch Ends
4:30                      Course Support Ends

East Coast Greenway Virginia Guide Now Available

So what is the  East Coast Greenway? Imagine a mostly flat, 3000 mile Appalachian Trail system starting in Calais, Maine and ending in Key West, Florida, when completed, the ECG will be nearly 3000 miles long and connect the major cities along the Atlantic Coast.  Plans call for 90% of the trail to be off road.

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The East Coast Greenway is routed on 400 miles of Virginia trails and roads—over 270 miles of spine routing plus about 130 miles of alternate routing. The routes connect urban, suburban, and rural areas from Arlington through Fredericksburg, Richmond, Petersburg, South Hill, and Clarksville, and (via the alternate Historic Coastal Route) Richmond to Jamestown to Chesapeake. The Historic Coastal Route follows the Virginia Capital Trail, a 50-mile route that closely follows Virginia’s Hwy. 5 along a mostly traffic-separated path and traverses a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Historic Coastal Route will connect with the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail which, will bring travelers over the border into North Carolina.

While about 14% of the spine route is on completed multi-use trail, an additional 20% of the route is in development and headed toward becoming firm-surface, multi-use trail.

Currently open trails include the Mount Vernon Trail, Virginia Capital Trail, Tobacco Heritage Trail, and Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. In  the coming years you should see quite a bit more trails built in Southside, Greater Richmond, and elsewhere.

The Virginia Bicycling Federation. has worked with the East Coast Greenway and VA Department of Conservation and Recreation to publish the East Coast Greenway Virginia: A Guide to Bicycling and Walking. The guide is  spiral bound with a laminated cover and are perfect for using on the trail.

The Guide To Bicycling and Walking the ECG in Virginia, an informative and easy to use guide offers maps and turn-by-turn directions of the ECG route through Virginia.

You can get your guide free of charge at any of Virginia’s 12 Welcome Centers or you can order a copy  by mail (the cost is $5 for shipping and handling), or download the pdf for free.

Download your free copy here here in PDF form, or order a hardcopy here (cost is $5 for shipping and handling).

Trail Status and Plans
More information on trails and greenways in Virginia

Come out and enjoy a variety of bike racing at the Williamsburg Dirt Fest this weekend

Two types of cycling events converge this weekend with the aptly named Williamsburg Dirt Festival.

James City County Parks & Recreation, James River Velo Sport, William & Mary Cycling Team and Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association are hosting the first local event of its kind.

clip_image001"Williamsburg was chosen as the host town to both "support our local tourism industry and the great area we have locally to go bicycling both on the road and off," said Dexter Klock, president of Velo Sport.

Bikers hail mostly from Tidewater and Richmond, but they extend to Northern Virginia and Washington as well. "Most competitors are mountain bikers and road cyclists who also enjoy cyclocross," Klock explained

imageOn Saturday, cyclocross races will be held throughout greater Williamsburg. Cyclocross combines dirt and road races with various obstacles. Saturday’s event will feature a full card of races, as well as beginner and mountain bike classes for cyclocross novices.

"[It’s] an up-and-coming sport among both mountain and road cyclists and racers," said Klock. "[It’s] great for the spectators, and is an action packed event for both the racer and spectator."

More of the story here

Want to go?

The public is invited. Anyone interested in cycling can take classes from expert racers. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday with many events at Freedom Park and Jamestown Beach Park. Here the Facebook page for the Dirt Fest.

http://tinyurl.com/9t966cu

Williamsburg Dirt Fest is a two day race event with Cyclocross and Mountain Bike Races, and a family friendly Bike Festival. There are spectator friendly races at two venues to compete in or watch all weekend, and loads of activities to enjoy.
CYCLOCROSS RACES

> Saturday 10:00 AM Cyclocross James Town Beach Park 2205 Jamestown Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17106
CROSS COUNTRY RACES
> Saturday 4:00 PM Twilight Dirt Criterium Freedom Park 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17103
***please note there is an error on the BikeReg site that shows the Crit on Sunday. SATURDAY is correct***
> Sunday 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM Cross Country Races at Freedom Park 5537 Centerville Rd, Williamsburg
Registration Link https://www.bikereg.com/Net/17103
Additional Information & Details for Mountain Bike Races
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9YNouVuhsSJbnZRaFdMZkoyX1E/edit

https://www.jccegov.com/recreation/parks/chickahominy-park.html
TREK Test Ride Demo Sunday 9/23 From 10:00 AM-3:00PM
Road and Mountain Bikes Available. Test rides are free. Bring your cycling shoes, helmet, picture ID and a credit card to check out the bike of your choice. See more Test Ride info athttp://bikebeatonline.com/events/trek-demo-test-ride-event-details-pg556.htm
Festival activities include a Mountain Bike Skills Clinic, a Freeride Demonstration, Guided Night Trail Ride, BikeBeat Bike Maintenance Classes, Kids Bike Parade, Scavenger Hunt and Face Painting, Bunny-hop and Long Jump Contests, plenty of food, and limitless fun.
See the complete schedule of events at:
http://bikebeatonline.com/merchant/437/files/WilliamsburgDirtFestInfoPages.pdf
Thank you to these GREAT organizations for making this event possible!
~ Cyclocross Races by James River Velo Sport
http://www.jrvs.org/
~ Cross Country Races sponsored by the College of William & Mary Cycling Team
http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/cyclingclub
~ Bike Festival by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association
http://evma.org/
~ Race Venues and Festival Grounds by the James City County Department of Parks and Recreation
http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/RECREATION/
~ Test Rides & Maintenance Classes by BikeBeat
http://bikebeatonline.com/

VA Capital Trail Groundbreaking of Sherwood Forest Phase

Approximately fifty people attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the latest section of the Virginia Capital Trail.  Held at Charles City Courthouse, the event marks the start of construction of the 12.5 mile, Sherwood Forest segment.  This section of the trail will connect the existing Charles City Courthouse segment to the Chickahominy section, completing 28 contiguous miles of the planned 52 mile route.

The trail will pass Sherwood Forest, home of America’s 10th president, John Tyler.

Construction  is scheduled to be completed in October, 2013.

The Virginia Capital Trail is a pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. The Trail will traverse 50+ miles, four jurisdictions and 400 years rich in history along one of the first inland routes in North America.  The Virginia Capital Trail is still under construction, with an estimated completion date of 2014

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Currently, there are four open sections of the Virginia Capital Trail:

  • Richmond Riverfront – .5 miles – open

Parking at Shiplock Park in downtown Richmond along Dock Street. Trail to the west for ½ mile.

Get directions

  • Charles City Courthouse, 7.5 miles – open

Parking at Charles City Courthouse Visitors Center, just off of Rt. 5. Trail to the west for 7.5 miles.

Get directions

  • Chickahominy Riverfront, 5 miles – open (connected to completed Greensprings section)

    Parking at Chickahominy Riverfront Park or Jamestown High School. Trail to the east (or west if parking at JHS) 5 miles.

    Get directions

    • Greensprings, 2 miles — open (connected to completed Chickahominy section)

      Parking at Jamestown Settlement. Trailhead across Rt. 31.

      Get directions

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      May is Bike month in Williamsburg Virginia

      imageSaturday, May 5
      8 am to 1 pm
      Come bike the Colonial Parkway, which will be closed to motorized vehicles from the Newport Avenue exit in Williamsburg to the Jamestown exit (about 10 miles, one way). A rest stop serving free refreshments will be located at the College Creek pull off. A children’s Bike Skills rodeo will held at the Parkway’s Jamestown end; participants will receive free helmets donated by the Active Williamsburg Alliance (AWA), a chapter of BikeWalk Virginia.

      Check out the May calendar of the Williamsburg Area Bicycling Association for a variety of bike rides in the Williamsburg Virginia area. There are rides for all skill levels on an almost daily

      May 2012 Rides

      May 2, Wednesday
      New Kent Visitors Center Ride

      53 mile C+ ride at 8:30 AM meeting at the New Kent Visitors Center. Call the Deana Sun at (804) 690-6018.
      May 3, Thursday
      Yorktown Battlefield Ride

      Meet at the parking lot behind York Hall for a 14 mile casual ride on the Yorktown Tour Roads at 10:00 AM. Optional lunch will follow the ride at the Carrot Tree Restaurant. Call Jim and Mary Osborn at 229-0655 or email (osbornva@cox.net).
      May 4, Friday
      Dunbar Ride

      25 to 35 miles C+ pace. Meet at Williamsburg Community Chapel Parking lot (Section S) at 9:30 am. POC Charlie Hart 566-0090.
      May 5, Saturday
      Pedal the Parkway

      16th Anniversary of Pedal the Parkway
      Bike the Colonial Parkway for 8.2 miles (between Jamestown and Williamsburg) with no cars from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. FREE to the public! Avoid most of the hills by starting at the Jamestown end of the Parkway. A rest stop with free refreshments will be located at the Archer’s Hope pull-off (3.8 miles from the Jamestown entrance). FREE helmets available for children at the Jamestown and Williamsburg entrances. Child must be present to be fitted with a helmet.
      May 6, Sunday
      Civil War Ride

      16-20 mile casual ride visiting local sites of Civil War action and interest commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Williamsburg. Meet at 4 PM at the Jefferson Statue in Merchants Square. POC Nancy Carter, 229-4907 or njcarter@starpower.net.

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