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Posted on: March 6, 2017

Cycling in James City County

Cycling in JCC

If you love cycling or a casual bike ride, there are a variety of options in James City County.

If you would like general information on bike trails and paths, please visit our website. Trail locations include Freedom Park, the Virginia Capital Trail, York River State Park, Jamestown Island Loop Drive and Colonial Parkway.

Cycling Events

Many of these events are put together in partnership between James City County, Bike-Walk Williamsburg and the Williamsburg Area Bicyclists.

Bikes Out of Hibernation – April 1

Looking for an opportunity to get your bike out of “‘hibernation?” Free safety inspections, assistance for minor repairs, greasing, fitting as well as fun rides to “knock the rust off” after winter. Fun rides of 2, 5, 10 and 15 miles on the Virginia Capital Trail led by experienced leaders. Rides scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.  Riders younger than 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments provided. *Rain date is April 8.

Proclamation Ride – May 4 

Ride begins at 8:15 a.m. from Jamestown Beach Event Park. Each year the Governor proclaims May is “Bike Month” in Virginia. Join us in Richmond at the Capitol to collect the writ. From there, ride back to James City County where the proclamation will be presented to our local governments officials. Shuttle service provided to Richmond; bikes will be blanketed and transported via box truck. *Rain date is May 5.

Pedal the Parkway – May 6 

The 20th annual Pedal the Parkway is on May 6 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Enjoy cycling along the shores of the scenic James River from Jamestown to Williamsburg, or vice versa. This event is free and will be held rain or shine. All participants must register and all cyclists must wear helmets. Eight miles of empty, car-free pavement on the Colonial Parkway will allow you to start at your own time, proceed at your own pace and enjoy refreshments at the midway point. Limited parking is available at Jamestown Settlement. Info: http://www.williamsburgbikemonth.org/

Pedaling the Past (ages 12+) – May 7 and 21

Speeding past interpretive signs and wondering at their significance? Hop on your bike or one of ours for a guided tour of local historic sites and tales and tastes immersing you in the past! Helmets, water and snack included. Guide: Brianna Mayer, JCC outdoor instructor.

  • Sunday, May 7 from 10-11:45 a.m. Cost is $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents. Class code is 805721-A for registration. Tour includes the James City County Marina, Jamestown Beach Event Park and other segments of the Virginia Capital Trail. Meet at the Marina.
  • Sunday, May 21 from noon-1:45 p.m.  Cost is $15 for non-residents and $10 for residents. Class code is 805721-B for registration. Tour includes Freedom Park. Meet at the Interpretive Center.

Park to Park Ride – July 15

Register for this annual self-guided bicycle tour! Choose from a family ride (ride as little or as much as you’d like),15 miles, 30 miles or the Half Century ride (50 miles)! The 50-mile ride includes visits to Veterans Park (formerly Mid County), Powhatan Creek Trail, Freedom Park (FP), Little Creek Reservoir Park and Upper County Park. Cool off after your ride in the CRP pool. Fee includes refreshments, pool admittance, maps, support vehicles to help out tired riders and lunch! Preregistration forms available beginning May 1 at local bike shops, the Centers, FP Interpretive Center, and Satellite Services in Toano or online at jamescitycountyva.gov/recreation. Offered in partnership with Williamsburg Area Bicyclists.

  • Half Century 50-mile Ride

Registration code 407800-A

$15/person – preregister by June 30

$20/person after June 30/onsite

  • 30-mile Ride

Registration code 407800-B

$10/person – preregister by June 30

$15/person after June 30/onsite

  •  Family Ride or 15-mile Ride

Registration code 407800-C

$5/person – preregister by June 30

$10/person after June 30/onsite

Group Rides

Each week, BikeBeat Williamsburg hosts several group rides. For more information, check out their website.

Get out and enjoy the mountain biking trails at Freedom Park with guided rides during the warmer months. There will be two different rides offered by volunteers from the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association (EVMA). For dates, please email president@evma.org. (ages 18+).

  • Woman’s Mountain Bike Ride – a women’s only mountain bike ride. Meet fellow female riders in the community and learn the ins-and-outs of mountain biking. The ride will be at a moderate pace, and will take about two hours. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles/hydration packs encouraged. Riders will register and meet at the Interpretive Center.
  • Beginners Mountain Bike Ride – Are you new to mountain biking or are looking for a group with whom to ride? The two-hour ride is designed for novice riders and will be led by volunteers from the EVMA. Bike and helmet required. Water bottles and/or hydration packs encouraged. Riders will register and meet at the Interpretive Center.

Beginning on March 19, on Sundays, join cycling enthusiasts from The Williamsburg Winery team on a group ride through the Historic Triangle and back to the Winery for wine and brunch specials at the Gabriel Archer Tavern. Ride registration begins each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 9 a.m. There is no fee to participate. All Cycling Club participants will receive a 15% discount at the Gabriel Archer Tavern following the completion of the ride.  The discount is only valid the day of the ride.

The Williamsburg Wine Cycling Club offers two different group cycling options:

  • Option 1:  40 Miles with an average pace of 15-18 mph
  • Option 2:  25 Miles with an average pace of 11-14 mph

Complete 5 group rides in a 3-month span and receive a Williamsburg Winery Cycling Club t-shirt!

News You Can Use

There will be a new Cap Trail Bike Shuttle debuting later this spring. The service will pick up bicyclists at three points along the trail and return them to their destination for a fee. Pickup/drop off locations include Jamestown Settlement.

On two Saturdays, May 27 and June 10, James City County Parks & Recreation will take you to or bring you from the Capital Trail. This pilot service is offered on two days only and runs twice daily – morning and afternoon. Terminus points at the James City County Marina (JCCM) and Greater Shiplock Park (GSP) in Richmond. Stops include Chickahominy Riverfront Park (CRP), the Charles City Courthouse (CH.C) and Four-Mile Creek Park (4MC) in Henrico. Travel within James City County is free (between the Marina and Chickahominy Riverfront Park). For information, please call 757-565-3699.  For an exact time schedule, please visit page 38 of the JCC Parks and Recreation brochure.

  • JCCM–GSP $20
  • JCCM–4MC $15
  • JCCM–CH.C $10

For general information on bike trails and paths, please visit our website.

Do you have a favorite bike ride in James City County? Share your suggestions with us on Facebook or email us at tourism@jamescitycountyva.gov.

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