Weekend Picks: Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge

Join the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia to cycle for a cause! On Sunday, September 14, riders of all levels will meet at the Old Trail Village Swim Club in Crozet, Virginia, to bike in the shadow of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

998033_683161431707027_1855321495_nThe event offers a variety of different options, even one for the whole family. Choose between 25, 50, 75, and 100 mile courses, or take the kids on an 8 mile family ride.

25 Mile Route

The 25 mile route includes rolling terrain in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountians passing historic homes and estates. It doesn’t include the steep climb up Afton mountain. This route is perfect if you have limited time on the day of the event or want to join your family for the 8 mile ride to Chiles Peach Orchard. There is one fully stocked rest stop at Greenwood Community Center. Like all of our routes it has full support from our staff, volunteers and police officers at major intersections.

50 Mile Route

The 50 mile route showcases the beauty of Albemarle County. The terrain is ever changing with some hills and curves, but doesn’t include the Afton Mountain climb. This “half century” is ideal for those who prefer a challenging but shorter route option. You will be welcomed by friendly volunteers at three rest stops.

75 Mile Route

The 75 mile route is a challenging course for the dedicated cyclist. Test your climbing ability on Afton Mountain. The scenery includes rolling countryside, mountains views and wineries. You will be treated to three fully stocked rest stops, including freshly made sandwiches.

100 Mile Route

The 100 mile route features the climb up Afton Mountain and the thrilling decent! The route is the ultimate challenge and features nearly 7,000 feet of climbing over three counties. The views of the mountains, estate homes and countryside are breath taking. There are many volunteers to cheer you on and police to guide you at major intersections. The route is suitable for fit and well trained cycling enthusiasts. We encourage any rider doing the Century route to set a steady pace and take advantage of the five (yes 5!) rest stops with many food and hydration options.

8 Mile Family Fun Ride

1891133_683161421707028_2133128595_nThe 8 mile family fun ride is ideal for families and children who like to enjoy a special day together. The route leaves Old Trail and follows Jarman’s Gap Road to Chiles Peach Orchard where riders are treated to freshly made donuts. There is a fully stocked rest stop with plenty of snacks and drinks. The route returns to Old Trail via Jarman’s Gap Road. The course is mostly flat with no steep hills and low traffic.

Bikers meet at 8 a.m., and following the race are invited to attend a pool party at the Swim Club with a catered lunch and refreshments as well as live music.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Virginia. Register to support local youth and spend a great day in the mountains!

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