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Lakes and Grapes Century Ride

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Whether you’re planning to be among the hundreds of cyclists who will camp in Old Mill Park the night of July 23 as part of the two-day RVA to DC bike ride, or you’re just looking for a fun road trip to take with your bicycle, make some time to go biking in Fredericksburg, VA.

Here, you can take long road rides through history and even experience a black-diamond mountain biking trail along the shore of one of Virginia’s most scenic rivers.

Why bike in Fredericksburg?

Lakes and Grapes Century

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The Lakes & Grapes Century Ride – This annual fall event, which takes place this year on Sept. 10, 2016, offers something for cyclists of all levels. The century, or 100-mile, ride, will take you past the Stonewall Jackson shrine, along the shores of Lake Anna and to Lake Anna Winery. The event also offers 25, 50 and 80-mile rides, all of which pass the Jackson shrine and include a rest stop at Lake Anna Winery. Find signup information and more here.

 

Cannonball Century

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The Cannonball Century ride – This 100-mile ride through the bucolic Hartwood area of Stafford County has been a fall tradition for years, drawing families, kids and cyclists of all levels. This year’s Cannonball Century takes place Sept. 25, 2016 (find information here). Hosted by the Fredericksburg Cyclists Club, the ride starts and finishes at Curtis Memorial Park. The Fredericksburg Cyclists Club is an excellent resource for anyone cycling in the Fredericksburg, VA, area. The club’s website has ride sheets for routes all over the region, and can be a great way to find group rides while you’re here.

Mountain biking trails – Fredericksburg’s active community of mountain biking enthusiasts is continually developing and improving trails at Motts Run Reservoir and a scenic area along the Rappahannock River leading up to what locals know as “the quarry.” The place to learn about these trails, download maps and stay up to date on the latest safety alerts is the Fredericksburg Area Trail Management and User Group’s website. This group hosts regular maintenance days to ensure these trails stay in good shape, and recently built Fredericksburg’s first black diamond trail at the quarry area. Mountain bikers should also check out Lodi Farm in Stafford County, a network of trails on private property that offers something for all levels. For more area mountain biking trail maps and other resources, check out the Fredericksburg Area Mountain Biking Enthusiasts.  

Fredericksburg Battlefield

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Battlefields – You can literally ride through history in the Fredericksburg region. The Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park includes miles of trails at four different sites that are a popular draw for cyclists. You can get in just under 10 miles biking out and back on Lee Drive at the Fredericksburg Battlefield. The Spotsylvania Courthouse Battlefield offers a ride of just over 8 miles on park roads with little traffic. Working these battlefields, along with Chancellorsville and Wilderness, into a longer ride is a great way to ensure you see peaceful countryside on your journey.

Support – Two great places to get recommendations on routes are Fredericksburg’s bike shops: BikeWorks in Downtown Fredericksburg and Olde Towne Bicycles on State Route 3 in the city. BikeWorks Racing has a Facebook group where you can ask for routes and hook up with group rides.