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Plan a Virginia vacation to remember with a Virginia Bicycling Adventures biking tour. Our flexible, professionally planned, self-guided cycling tours enable you to experience Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley and surrounding mountains in a unique way and at your own pace. For more information about our bicycling tour packages, see our Frequently Asked Questions below:

What kind accommodation should I expect?
What meals are provided?
What else is included in the tour package?
What is a self-guided tour?
What should I bring?
What will the weather be like?
How fit do I have to be?
  Where do we meet, and how do we get to the starting location?                                                         Can bicycles be rented?                                                            Are luggage transport services available?

What kind accommodation should I expect?

Lodging is booked in a combination of bed and breakfasts, country inns and three-star hotels and motels. The standard for bed and breakfasts in the Shenandoah Valley is very high, with the vast majority having en-suite bathrooms or a private bathroom a few steps down a hallway. We attempt to select places with character; your home for the week can vary from a Victorian B&B, a remote lakeside hotel, a farmhouse surrounded by countryside, or attractive three-star motels or hotels when a bed and breakfast is not available. We can upgrade in some cases, but given the rural nature of the Valley often they are the best available and should be enjoyed for their charm, local touch, ambiance and service. After a day of bicycling, we do not want to skimp on the accommodations. Bed and breakfasts and country inns rarely provide twin bed rooms but that is not the case with motels and hotels. You can expect to be able to store your bike either in a special storage area, secured in the back of the property or secured on your car bicycle rack. For additional information click Accommodations.

What meals are provided?

Tours vary as to what is included therefore the descriptive materials should be carefully read. For meals that are included, if you have a special need - like vegetarian, please let us know in advance and we will make every effort to meet those needs.

Breakfasts are included each morning, which in many cases will keep you going for the day. Your day's route materials may provide suggestions for buying a lunch. On those tours that include at least one dinner, it will either be provided at the lodging facility or with a voucher at a local restaurant. With a voucher meal, beverages and gratuities are not included.

What else is included in the tour package?

Your tour price also includes lodging, gratuities for the inns, sales taxes, a Virginia Bicycling Adventures rain jacket, route maps and written route directions, cue sheets, descriptive materials of what can be seen or visited on each ride, and emergency support.

What is a self-guided tour?

A self-guided tour has the attributes of a guided tour except you are the guide. Your routes are planned for you, your lodging is arranged for you, and you have emergency support and access to tour company support. You are neither dependent on anyone nor are you actually totally alone. The maps and extensive supporting materials for each ride are so detailed and specific that getting lost should not be likely. You bicycle at your pace, visit sites you choose and take detours as the mood strikes you. You can go alone or assemble a few friends. You bicycle each day with the knowledge that you have a pre-paid reserved room in a B&B, country inn or hotel. You will have the phone number of your lodging and your tour company representative. For more detailed information about this concept click Self-guided Tour.

What should I bring?

As you will arrive in your own vehicle, you are free to bring anything. However, we find that more experienced travelers arrive with one compact piece of luggage. Do bring a comfortable outfit for cycling and a pair of padded cycling shorts. Also a U.S. CPSC approved bicycling helmet is an absolute must.

A few weeks prior to departure, Virginia Bicycling Adventures sends each participant various materials which will include clothing suggestions and items to support you while bicycling such as: spare parts, tools, water bottles, handlebar pack with a map holder, etc.

What will the weather be like?

The Shenandoah Valley climate is ideal for cycling, and the occasional shower can even add to the atmosphere of the landscape. The temperature will vary by month and elevation with a range in the central valley of 50F to 80F in May, September and October, and 60F to 90F in June, July and August. Precipitation ranges from 3 inches to 3.75 inches per month with September being the wettest. We recommend that you bring some rain gear as well as suntan lotion and a sun hat.

How fit do I have to be?

People of all ages and abilities come on the tours, although children are discouraged. The most important thing is to carefully read the tour descriptions to best match a tour to your ability and experience. You have all day to cover the recommended route, and while Valley roads rarely follow a straight line, there are few really high climbs but you would neither be the first person nor the last to complete the climb walking with the bike. And, the reason you climb is the vista from the top and the thrill of the downhill run, some of which go for miles. Regardless of experience level, everyone ought to take a few practice rides before coming on the tour. If you have concerns about climbs, call us to discuss your concerns and perhaps, when appropriate, the route can be adjusted.

Where do we meet, and how do we get to the starting location?

We can advise you on any travel arrangements into and around the Shenandoah Valley and about additional accommodations or other services. Many of our tour participants arrive by car because they bring their own bicycles and generally do not come far distances; others arrive by airplane at Dulles or regional airports and use transport services to the starting location. When booking is complete, we will send you suggested information on the travel arrangements to your starting point. It is best to plan to arrive the afternoon or evening before your tour starts so all the materials and procedures can be reviewed with our representative and the final details taken care of allowing for an early send off in the morning.

 Can bicycles be rented?

Virginia Bicycling Adventures has a limited inventory of road bicycles for rental. All arrangements are made through Virginia Bicycling Adventures which delivers the bicycles to the starting location and picks them up at the end of the tour. The renter's liability for lost, stolen or damaged rental bicycles will be with Virginia Bicycling Adventures. Similarly, Virginia Bicycling Adventures has responsibility for the functional operation of the rental bicycle.

In the event that Virginia Bicycling Adventures does not itself have sufficient bicycles to rent arrangements have been made with several bicycle shops that offer rentals. In these situations, all arrangements are made through Virginia Bicycling Adventures, including delivery, return and fitting of the bicycles. Although Virginia Bicycling Adventures collects the rental fee for the rental shop, in this circumstance the renter's liability for lost, stolen or damaged rental bicycles will be with the rental shop and not with Virginia Bicycling Adventures. Similarly, the rental shop has full and sole responsibility for the functional operation of the rental bicycle while Virginia Bicycling Adventures has none.

 

 

 Are luggage transport services available?

For those clients with rental bicycles or not having their own vehicle transportation between daily ride locations, Virginia Bicycling Adventures will provide luggage transportation. In these situations, the routes as described in this web site are altered to cause the bicyclists to arrive at the next lodging location at the end of the day's ride. There is an additional fee for this service.