Weekend Pick: Bikes, BBQ, and Bluegrass at Pocahontas State Park

What’s not to like about bikes, BBQ, and bluegrass? You can find all of these things this Saturday, October 26th, at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Virginia. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Richmond Regional Ride Center. There are only 11 locations nationwide that have achieved Ride Center status. Let’s help make one in our own backyard!

This fundraiser is part of the larger Legacy Project prompted by the 2015 ICU Road World Championships that will be held in Richmond. In July, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced the creation of the Ride Center, a massive project that will improve the 20 miles of existing trail at Pocahontas State Park and create 30 more miles of trail at the park, which is 20 miles from Richmond. Plans are also in the works to improve the already stellar trail system at the James River Park, which sits within the city limits. Richmond already has some of the best in-town singletrack in the country with the James River Park system, and IMBA hopes the improvements to Pocahontas State Park, which include flow trails, a skills course and gateway trails, will elevate Richmond into the top tier of Ride Centers. The goal is to have the first 10 miles of new singletrack built at the park by April 2015, before the world shows up for the Championship races in September.

But they need your help!

The event begins at 11 am with multiple trail rides around the park. These rides are available for bikers of all abilities and ages and some will even be guided. After the ride, you can reward yourself with some delicious BBQ . Lunch will be served around 1 pm complete with beverages from Starr Hill Brewery.  Entertainment will also be provided by East of Afton, a Richmond based bluegrass band.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for young adults (ages 13-20), and kids under 12 are free. You can RSVP in advance online, as well as make a donation for the cause. This fundraiser is sure to be a great way to spend the day outside with family and friends.

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