Biking & Cycling
Cycling and biking are HUGE in Botetourt County. Whether you are a road cyclist or mountain biker, you can find the perfect destination to get outside and ride!
As America's East Coast Mountain Biking Capital, an IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center and part of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, Virginia's Blue Ridge is earning a reputation as a bucket list destination for bike riders from around the world. Whether you are hitting the trails at Carvin's Cove on your mountain bike, cycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway or taking the family on a leisurely ride on the scenic Cherry Blossom Trail, Botetourt County has you covered for adventure on two wheels!
For a list of cycling and biking events, resources and outdoor adventures stay connected with Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge.
We want all of our cyclists that visit Botetourt County to be safe on the roads.
We also want to remind motorists to be aware and give them space - learn more about laws and safety tips for cycling.
Make sure your children are safe when biking by following these safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide.
In January of 2022, cycling in the valley was elevated to a new level when it was announced that the Women's Pro Cycling Team was relocating their base of operations to Virginia's Blue Ridge in Botetourt County. The Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 program is responsible for developing many of the most successful American female cyclists to date, creating opportunities for elite, junior and para-cycling athletes. Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 has established a consistent pipeline for talented road and track cyclists and has provided opportunities for athletes who excel in the virtual world of eSports (such as Zwift) and the new dynamic discipline of gravel racing.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24 is more than a diverse team of professional athletes, eSports athletes and a junior program. It’s a team of female mentors and role models (request a speaker from Team Twenty24). For 10 consecutive years, the team has been presented with the USA Cycling Centers of Excellence Award, which is awarded to select junior and under 23-years-of-age development teams that excel in the development of young cyclists into nationally competitive athletes. One cannot overlook the compelling pillars of our campaign’s mission – empowering women, championing diversity & promoting fitness, promoting VBR as a cycling & outdoor paradise, and supporting an economic win for VBR and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
We are excited to have this team in Botetourt County! Follow the team and make sure to give them and all of our bikers and cyclists room on the road when you see them out training.
*Photos courtesy of Virginia's Blue Ridge
The Carilion Clinic IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge Race returns to the valley June 5, 2022. Athletes participate in swimming, running and cycling! Participants will take on the 56-mile bike course that is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Athletes will depart from Carvins Cove in Roanoke County and continue east into beautiful Botetourt County towards the Town of Buchanan, a quaint, walkable town with antique shops and a great view of the James River. It is the starting point for an epic five-mile climb on Route 43 to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 469-miles links Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Athletes will experience breathtaking views of the valley, as they ride and descend 21-miles of completely closed roads to the Town of Vinton at Route 24; Vinton is a gateway community to the Blue Ridge Parkway with small town charm and is adjacent to the City of Roanoke. The ride will end at the beautiful River’s Edge Park, next to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, in the heart of Roanoke, VA. Volunteers and community cheerleaders are still needed for the race. Check out opportunities to be a part of this internationally renowned event.
In October, gear up for the VBR Gran Fondo! This event starts and finishes in Historic Fincastle. The ride feature three different routes -- 33, 45, and 75 miles. Each route has been carefully crafted to "showcase Botetourt County's rich scenic beauty and it's warm & welcoming communities. Riders will enjoy the area's natural beauty including the rolling terrain, open farmland, forested mountains, and the James River. Each route will also feature memorable aid stations and charming small towns." This ride will NOT be timed from start to finish. Each route will have several sections that will be chip timed. Registration opens June 1, 2022!
And coming soon..... USA Cycling Nationals! Plans are in the works, so stay tuned!
*Video courtesy of Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge