Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington, DC – NEW ROUTE!
SEPT 24-26, 2017
The newest Climate Ride from Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington DC is sure to be stunning, and with a 3-day format and lower fundraising minimum, you can easily get away to one the most acclaimed cycling routes in the world, while putting some muscle behind bike coalitions, environmental preservation, and sustainability in your community.
Climate Ride events bring together bright minds, breathtaking routes for all cycling abilities, and the unforgettable combination of passion and purpose. Over three days, we'll pedal the Blue Ridge Mountains in beautiful rural Virginia to the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Some of the highlights of this patriotic ride through the “Old Dominion” State include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Shenandoah National Park, the Old Dominion Trail, and the National Mall. At the end, you’ll have the chance to meet with your representatives to make your voice heard.
On this charitable cycling event, you can choose from our full beneficiary list and raise funds to support climate, conservation, and active transportation efforts.
|Trip Dates:||September 24-26, 2017|
|Start Location:||Montebello, VA|
|End Location:||Washington, DC|
|Fundraising Commitment:||$2,000 minimum|
|Trip Length:||3 days|
|Activity:||3 days riding|
|Total Mileage:||208, with multiple daily mileage options|
|Average Daily Mileage:||69|
|Accommodations:||Campgrounds, Summer Camps (hotel options available)|
|Maximum Group Size:||~100|
|Other Trip Notes:|
|$500 to be raised by:||July 28, 2017|
|$1000 to be raised by:||August 18, 2017|
|$2000 to be raised by:||September 15, 2017|
|Transfer Deadline||September 1, 2017|
Day by Day Info
Each day has shorter mileage options available, even if not listed below.
Day 0 – Saturday, September 23
Our newest Climate Ride adventure begins with an optional bus shuttle (extra cost) from Washington, DC to our camp in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. This 3.5-hour shuttle will transport riders’ luggage, gear and bicycles, making it easy to arrive at the Trip Start location. After getting settled in our tents and cabins, we’ll enjoy a pre-ride shindig and dinner, followed by welcome remarks before hitting the sack in comfortable cabins to rest up for Day 1’s spectacular route. (See Travel Information tab above)
Day 1 – Sunday, September 24 – 49, 63, or 86 Miles
Time to ride! Climate Ride's new Red White and Blue Ridge Ride begins at a summer camp nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll set out along the famed Blue Ridge Parkway, known as one of America’s most scenic roads. We have multiple route options today, so you can make your day as challenging as you want! Today has the most elevation gain overall, but there are options for all cycling abilities (so please do your training!). On this Northern section of the Parkway, we’ll conquer the rolling hills and ride along rocky ridges that afford sweeping views of the ragged peaks above and ardent valleys below. After a quick water stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we’ll ascend into forested Shenandoah National Park. Cycling on the famed Skyline Drive, our route parallels the Appalachian Trail through one of the country’s wildest wilderness areas. After a picnic lunch in the forest, we’ll continue into the Big Meadows area of the park for the night. Following a hearty dinner, we’ll hear from many of Climate Ride’s beneficiaries and spend the night in tents under the stars.
Day 2 – Monday, Sept 25 – 50 or 70 miles
On Day 2, we’ll continue riding along Skyline Drive before descending into Virginia’s Piedmont Region – a naturally diverse, gently-rolling landscape dotted with rural towns and villages. We’ll visit a few of them as we pedal on quiet country roads to our picnic lunch at a local park. The afternoon brings pleasant riding before arriving at our next summer camp where we’ll have dinner, our final Evening Program and celebrate your accomplishments around the campfire before turning in for the night.
Day 3 – Tuesday, September 39 or 52 miles
On the morning of Day 3, the epic cycling continues as we gear up to head into DC! After an energizing breakfast, we’ll pedal into historic Leesburg before jumping on the Old Dominion trail. We’ll enjoy a final picnic lunch before the last stretch into the nation’s Capitol. We'll gather at the Thompson Boat Center where, we’ll wait for everyone to arrive and then ride en masse along the National Mall to Capitol Hill where we’ll gather to celebrate our arrival. Then, we’ll ride to Southeast Washington DC, pick up our gear, and say our goodbyes.
Optional Advocacy Day – Wednesday, September 27
Advocacy Day for Climate Riders will be the day after we arrive in Washington. Participating in Climate Ride’s Advocacy Day is one of the highlights of the experience. It’s a chance for you to make your voice heard and show your elected officials that you want them to work toward a better future. If you are interested in participating, Climate Ride will help schedule meetings for you with your Congressional Representatives.
On the ride, you’ll receive a packet that will include more specific information about your meeting, and we’ll provide advocacy training to make your meetings even more effective. Advocacy Day is all about participating in democracy and expressing your views on cycling advocacy, conservation, and climate change. It’s an unforgettable way to wrap up your purposeful ride!
Climate Ride – Red White and Blue Ridge is a 3-day cycling trip that showcases the best of Virginia’s beautiful countryside from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Washington, DC.
Each evening, we'll be staying at summer camps and campgrounds along the route. Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first aid station with 24/7 ice, a merchandise table, clean restrooms, massage (extra charge), and shared accommodations in cabins and bunkhouses. Two of the nights are camping only, so you should bring your tent, sleeping bag and pad. On the other night, you can choose to camp or stay in shared cabins, where you'll need at least a sleeping bag.
If you'd like to stay at hotels during the ride on these nights, we will shuttle you to designated hotels near camp. More information about hotels will be available in the Travel Planner after you register.
Wholesome breakfasts and dinners are handled by the camp staff and caterers. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing food crew and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding.
On Climate Ride – Red White and Blue Ridge, camp becomes a traveling village and dynamic community. In the evenings after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, roundtable discussions, and other events. Cycling doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!
We will be coordinating pre-ride group travel options (additional charge) from Washington, DC to our camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains the day before the ride on Saturday, September 23, 2017. There will be a shuttle option to the ride start and the travel time from DC is 3.5 hours. The shuttle will depart Washington DC at 2:30 PM and will include bus transfer, bike and luggage transport, bunks in shared cabins or camping at our summer camp, and dinner. The pre-ride shuttle is an additional cost and will be the easiest way to make your travel to the Ride Start in the Blue Ridge simple and carefree.
Detailed information on the pre-ride shuttle, getting to camp on your own, and transportation to Washington, DC is available in the Travel Planner once you register for the ride.
On September 26, after a stop at the US Capitol, the ride will end at 5 pm at a park in SE Washington DC. There, we’ll pack up our gear and depart the ride. If you are leaving Washington this evening, we recommend making travel reservations for after 8 pm.
Scroll through the photos below to see some of the amazing places this new route has to offer!