Tidewater Bicycle Association


Listed here are some popular out-of-town rides offered by our own TBA members, as well as by other bicycling clubs or associated organizations.  These are some of our favorite breakaway rides, as recommended by our members.

All are great ride events, providing an opportunity to expand your horizons and discover new & interesting places.  If you know of a particular event that you feel would be of interest to our members, please forward the event information to touring@tbarides.org.

Upcoming events

    • November 28, 2015
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot (intersection of Jamestown Rd and Greensprings Rd)

    B Pace          7:00 am       104 miles        VA Capital Trail

    The newly completed Virginia Capital Trail (VCT) is amazing!  It has dozens of beautiful bridges, passes through scenic woods and farmlands, and is nicely paved the entire way.  On this TBA ride, we will cycle the entire 52 miles of the VCT from Jamestown to Richmond, eat lunch at the end of the trail in Richmond at "Bottoms Up Pizza" (excellent pizza, burgers, sandwiches, etc.), then cycle the 52-mile trail back to Jamestown (104 miles total).  Restrooms, water, and convenience stores are located along the trail, and are listed on the Cue Sheet (available using links below – hardcopies will also be provided at the ride start).

    To allow time for sign-in and pre-ride briefing, please plan to arrive by 6:45 a.m. to be ready for a 7:00 a.m. start.

      Remember to Bring:

    • Bike Helmet – helmets are required on all TBA rides;  no helmet = no ride
    • Bike Lock – to lock up your bike at the lunch stop
    • Front & Rear Lights – we should finish before dark, but bring lights just in case – the trail is not lit and wooded sections could get very dark later in the day
    • Money $$ – for lunch at "Bottoms Up Pizza" at the at the halfway point (end of the trail) in Richmond
    • Snacks for along the route – there is no SAG for this ride

    Leaders:  Paul Gordy, 403-5914, blueridgecyclist@gmail.com
    and Robert Shanks, 407-0917, rjshanks13@gmail.com

    From:  Meet at the Jamestown Settlement Parking Lot (near the Jamestown ferry) at the intersection of Jamestown Rd (31) and Greensprings Rd (359).

    *To register (FREE), use the "Register" button on the left.

    View/Download Cue Sheet/Directions (pdf)
    View/Download Cue Sheet/Directions (xlsx)

    There is also an interactive trail map available at: http://VirginiaCapitalTrail.org/trail/map


    • December 04, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 05, 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Best Western, 2480 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA

    Friday & Saturday, December 4—5, 2015

        Washington DC area & the National Christmas Tree

         Fri., 12/4:     12:00pm         B pace          40 miles
         Sat., 12/5:      7:30am         B pace          50 miles


    Join me for some or all of this fun TBA ride.

    Friday (40 miles):  Meet at 12 noon, at the Best Western on Glebe Rd. in Arlington, VA (you can leave your car here).  This hotel is near the 4-Mile Run Trail, which connects to the beautiful Mt. Vernon Trail.  We will cycle about 5 miles to Old Town Alexandria for lunch, then continue another 10 miles to Mt. Vernon.  We will return the length of the 18-mile trail and cross the Francis Scott Key Bridge into Georgetown.  We will plan to reach the White House by around 5 p.m. to see the National Christmas Tree.  We will cycle back about 10 miles in the dark (*bring lights!) to the hotel (probably by around 6:30 p.m.).  We can drive to dinner from the hotel.

    Saturday (50 miles):  We will start at 7:30 a.m. (after a free breakfast in the hotel) and cycle the Mt. Vernon Trail, Capital Crescent Trail, Georgetown Trail, and Rock Creek Trail (closed to traffic on weekends).  We will also cycle by many attractions, including the DC Zoo, White House, National Mall, U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and back to the hotel by late afternoon.  This is a great way to see the sights in DC!  All trails are paved.  Lunch stop along the way (*bring money and a bike lock).

    Leader:  Paul Gordy, 403-5914, blueridgecyclist@gmail.com

    From:  Meet at the Best Western, 2480 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington, VA 22206  (you can leave your car here).

    **Registration is optional, but encouraged, to facilitate communication with anticipated event participants. 
    To register (*FREE*), use the "Register" button on the left.



Past events

October 23, 2015 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 23-25
September 25, 2015 *[CANCELLED]* 38th Annual TBA Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 11, 2015 10th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
August 04, 2015 Tour of Maine - August 2015 (9 days)
June 05, 2015 Washington DC Tour with Baseball Games
May 09, 2015 Outer Banks Tour - May 2015 (7 days)
April 11, 2015 Chippokes Weekend Tour
October 24, 2014 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 24-26
September 26, 2014 37th Annual TBA Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 05, 2014 9th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
June 27, 2014 Skyline Drive Weekend
May 10, 2014 2014 Capital-to-Capital (Cap2Cap) Bike Ride
May 03, 2014 17th Annual Pedal the Parkway 2014
April 26, 2014 TarWheel Century Ride
April 05, 2014 Chippokes Weekend Tour
October 25, 2013 Blue Ridge Parkway Weekend, October 25-27
October 05, 2013 Cycle Camden County
September 28, 2013 St. Mary's Century
September 27, 2013 36th Annual Eastern Shore Getaway Weekend
September 14, 2013 Surry Century
September 13, 2013 8th Annual Skyline Drive Weekend
September 08, 2013 Shenandoah Valley Century
August 25, 2013 Devil's Backbone Mountain Cross
July 30, 2013 Cycling the Hudson Valley
July 27, 2013 Bikes at the Beach
July 24, 2013 Grand Canyon/Southern Utah Tour
July 20, 2013 Wheels of Hope Ride
July 07, 2013 Cycling the Erie Canal
May 25, 2013 32-43 miles, A-C paces, Northern Neck
May 08, 2013 Blue Ridge Parkway/Skyline Drive Tour (10 days)
April 26, 2013 Skyline Drive - 2 Day Loaded Tour
April 05, 2013 Skyline Drive - 2 Day Loaded Tour - Moved to April 26-28
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