Two Upcoming Bicycling Events in Charlottesville + a Thought about Community

Update 5 July 2013 -

One way to commit myself is by signing up for a 100 mile bicycling challenge. Which I just did. Feel like supporting the Boys and Girls Club? (Please click through to the bottom of this post.)


Charlottesville is known to be a great bicycling community … a community I’m just starting to discover.

Years ago someone described the Charlottesville community as being lots of circles that never touch – a not-quite-venn-diagram if you will.

Concentric Circles

Funny how these things work. Start a new sport, and a new community emerges. People I know and see in one community are people I’m starting to see in the bicycling community. There are lots of ways to connect to Charlottesville; biking is but another.

As my foray continues I’m starting to pay attention to the bicycling news and world and have found a couple challenges -

The Boys and Girls Club Challenge – 15 September 2013 – 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile options are available.

Gran Fondo Virginia – 8 September 2013 – 22, 52 and 104 mile challenges from which to choose.

So far, some of the best resources I’ve found as I start this new adventure:

Blue Ridge Cyclery – (where I bought my bike) at least three of my friends/clients either spoke highly of, and/or I’ve seen them wearing Blue Ridge Cyclery’s jerseys.

Charlottesville Bike Club – I haven’t interacted yet with these folks, but the information has proven useful

Strava and Mapmyride.com – sites/apps, both of which seem to have particular strengths I’m still discovering and exploring.

Bike Charlottesville – information and advocacy group

Note: I’m going to be expanding a bit on this shift to bicycling in my monthly note, due to be published Monday of next week (at the latest).


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  • http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/ Charlottesville Tomorrow

    Jim – We find our news stories on bicycling get a lot of readers. So we have a topic link that will take folks to all of that content, including links to news stories by our media partners. So think of this as one stop shopping for local bike news! http://www.cvilletomorrow.org/topics/bicycles/

    Just wanted to offer that as another resource.

    Brian Wheeler
    Charlottesville Tomorrow

    • http://www.realcentralva.com/ Jim Duncan

      Thanks, Brian!