People Cycling Rides

Blue Ridge Parkway.

This is a Approved Ride
Challenging
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Don Annonio
Tour Dates
5/18/2024–5/25/2024
Start Location
Roanoke, VA
End Location
Roanoke, VA
Cost (est.)
$3150 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$950 (USD
Payment Due
3/31/2024
Avg. Distance
56 mi / 90 km
Avg. Elevation
4820 ft / 1469 m
Ride Description

Overview: The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive make for an amazing combination of pedaling adventures. Cycling the scenic mountain vistas, farmland and forests of the Blue Ridge region will create lifelong memories. Our lodging will be in hotels, and inns with one night in a rustic cabin. All meals are included. We will gather in Roanoke, VA and shuttle to our starting point, Fancy Gap, VA. From there we will ride 334 miles on our bikes to Front Royal, VA experiencing the true beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive. At the conclusion of the ride, we will shuttle back to Roanoke, VA. The Blue Ridge Mountains are part of the Appalachian range, therefore the mountainous terrain and long daily mileage make this tour quite challenging for the unprepared rider. The Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive are paved. They do not have shoulders but since they are official scenic byways commercial traffic is not allowed. The traffic is typically low with posted speed limits of no more than 45 mph. We may experience moderate traffic near larger towns such as Roanoke. There tends to be less traffic mid-May, before the vacation rush. It is a wonderful time to enjoy the stunning vistas and quieter forested roads.  The forests will be flourishing and just stepping off route a little to enjoy a lunch / snack is striding into the brink of wilderness. The co-leaders have led tours for decades and each has pedaled the entire B… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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