East Bound and Down: Harrisonburg, Virginia

Oct 12, 2017

by Brice Shirbach 

READ THE FULL ARTICLE ON PINK BIKE: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/east-bound-and-down-harrisonburg-virginia.html

There is an ever evolving narrative in mountain biking that has me excited: communities looking to our sport and community as an economic and social asset. It's a dynamic that we as mountain bikers should be proud of, as it's often a reflection of the countless hours spent trail building, advocating, and meeting with land managers that have really given our community of mountain cyclists so much leverage throughout the country. It's a theme I have written about and witnessed for many years now, and places such as East Burke, Vermont; Roanoke, Virginia; and Davis, West Virginia are but a few of the growing list of towns on the east coast alone that look to their riders and trails for inspiration and economic growth. It's a trend that I hope to see continue, as I love writing about these places and the critical thinkers who make them what they are today, and really enjoy the idea of a town "buying" in on mountain biking. Harrisonburg, Virginia, for the record, is not one of these places. The riding community that has been developed here isn't the result of, or the stimulus behind the city's growth. The town itself is doing just fine with or without bikes. No, Harrisonburg's brilliant, and dynamic cycling opportunities are homegrown, and it's one of my favorite things about this place.

When I am in planning mode for this series of stories, I like to break potential locations down into three categories: "under the radar", "up and coming", and "no brainer". Harrisonburg has been a categorically "no brainer" location for East Bound & Down from the start. In fact, it's one of those places where my confidence is so high in it's ability to deliver the goods, I've made a concerted effort to seek out as many other locales as possible, instead of heading straight for the proverbial low hanging fruit. However, I'm on Interstate 81 virtually every time I head south to ride, and more often than not, I drive right past the many Harrisonburg exits that occupy that long, straight, and dull highway. Massanutten stands as a jutting beacon of glory to the east. The vast backcountry peaks of the George Washington National Forest catch the eye to the west. It's often difficult to justify the hours spent on that highway when I could just stop and play here. I fought. I resisted. I've had some incredible experiences well south of "The Valley". In the end, though, I had to give in. This place is just unbeatable.
 

 

 

 

 Harrisonburg's population is just a touch over 53,000 strong, and is Travel and Leisure Magazine's 6th favorite town in America.

 

 

 

 The Friday night six-pack series runs from September through November, and celebrates some of the region's best descents, in the company of some of its best people.


"The Burg" is located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, flanked to the east by Shenandoah National Park, and to the west by the absolutely massive George Washington National Forest. The city is home roughly 53,000 people, of which 20,000 are students at James Madison University. It's a place I've long held near and dear to my heart, as much of my family comes from this part of the country. In fact, I was named after a nearby mountain resort about 40 miles to the north of town, which coincidentally, is now a bike park. 

The mountain bike scene here is one of the oldest in the country, and has a long list of talented riders who call, or have called, this place home over the last few decades. When you get out on any of the hundreds of miles of trail here, the how's and why's of the technical proficiency, as well as the power and fitness of the local contingency, become immediately apparent. Outside of the Massanutten and Bryce bike parks, both of which are relatively new additions to the region, the thousands of feet of technical, picturesque, and legendary descending must first be climbed. Shuttling isn't necessarily frowned upon, it is simply just not a part of the local lexicon. In recent years, trail systems have sprouted up in downtown at the Hillendale trail system, as well as on the western slopes of Massanutten, both of which provide quick access to riding that suits a wider range of mountain bikers. But Harrisonburg's reputation was built by locals, for locals, and while its scene continues to grow and evolve, its origins remain intact and relevant even today.
 

 

 

 Sandwiched between two massive ridgeline mountain ranges, the Shenandoah Valley has an abundance of fertile farmland, which helps explain why Harrisonburg and the rest of Rockingham County is the top agriculture-producing county in the state..

 

 

 

 Shuttles aren't the most common occurrence in these here parts, but I was grateful to not have to haul 30lbs of camera gear up Reddish, as our 10-mile descent alone took the better part of four hours.

 

 

 West Virginia, along with some sort of secret government spy base, a.k.a. Sugar Grove Naval Base, loom in the distance. Some of the very best trails you'll ever drop in on loom directly ahead.

 

 

 This is just the start of an 11+ mile long descent. Not an inch of it is anything less than amazing.


"You don’t really know what you’re doing early on when it comes to the development of a mountain bike culture." Chris Scott tells me from a swimming hole near the Stokesville Lodge and Campground. "There’s no end-game focus. Those of us who were a part of the community early on just wanted to figure out how we could get more folks out to ride. We came up with a “Dollar Downhill” idea, where we’d go around campus (James Madison), and place flyers on any somewhat nice looking bike we saw. We invited folks out to ride downhill with us. Everyone pitches in a dollar, and the winner takes all. It was awesome, and people really loved it. We added some trail work to the equation, and things along those lines, and it really helped us shape the community and bring people together."

Chris is the owner of the aforementioned Stokesville Lodge, which in addition to being perhaps the most appropriately named mountain bike business...ever, is located just outside of Harrisonburg in, you guessed it, Stokesville, Virginia. Chris has long been one of the most influential figures in mountain biking on the east coast, and is responsible for more shenanigans and stories then we have room for on the internet, as well as some of the world's most challenging endurance events including the Shenandoah Mountain 100, the Wilderness 101, and the Stoopid 50. He's in his 20th year of running Shenandoah Mountain Touring, and his relatively new venture, the Stokesville operation, sits on the edge of the George Washington National Forest. Just outside of his door lies hundreds of miles of big mountain, backcountry adventure waiting for you. Chris came to Harrisonburg in the early nineties to be a part of what was then an emerging scene. While he's had plenty of opportunities to travel around the world, racing and riding his bike all over Europe and North America, Harrisonburg and the surrounding area are too much a part of his DNA for him to consider calling anywhere else home.
 

 

 

 Stokesville's dreamy nature is the result of a lot of hard work from this man.

 

 

 

 Chris Scott might call Harrisonburg home, but the respect for what he's done for mountain biking is known around the world.

 

 

 

 Sharing the forest isn't an issue in this part of the country.

 

 

 Shuttle or no, bring your climbing legs. There's a reason Harrisonburg is or has been home to so many elite riders.

 

 

 Kyle Lawrence wears many hats: father, husband, SVBC President, and commuter advocate are just a few. Oh yes, he's also a pinner.


"The bike riding, the mountains, and the emergence of a scene brought me to Harrisonburg many years ago." he says from the shores of the North River, which snakes its way through his property and the surrounding valley. "People like Mike Carpenter and Thomas Jenkins really shaped what has become a hotspot for riding on the east coast."

We're discussing the "early days" of the community here, and there's a grin that comes with any story or recollection Chris shares with me during this discussion. 

"I loved the feeling that would come with following a dotted line on a map, and going out in search of that specific trailhead. There’s nothing like surfing down a mountain for the very first time. You never really knew what was in store for you, there were no pictures of it, no blogs about the trail; you were kind of adventuring. We began to find trails that weren’t even on the map. I loved that sense of adventure."
 

 

 Harlan Price enjoys skipping stones.

 

 

 This place rocks.

 

 

 

 Reddish will leave you hankering for a sammy, and a cold one. Or two.

 

 

 Near the top of Massanutten you'll find this hang glider platform, which looks west over Harrisonburg, and Shenandoah Mountain. Rumors abound of flights reaching close to Philadelphia from this platform.

 

 

 The western slopes of Massanutten offer a picturesque glimpse into the modestly stunning Appalachian countryside.

 

 

 Scott Wooden is beloved by locals and visitors to the region alike. The Massanutten Bike Park lead supervisor and his pooch, Fflur, take a break from the lifts on the other side of the ridge and let 'er rip down the "2,000 Hours" trail.


Chris isn't alone in that sentiment. Thomas Jenkins has been living in Harrisonburg since the early 90’s. He's the co-owner of the Shenandoah Bicycle Company, which opened its doors in 2000. He's played several roles in his community, which includes co-founding the mountain bike club, which would eventually become the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, a step he was an integral component to. He also sat on the Harrisonburg City Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, as well as the JMU Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. During my time in town, Thomas' was typically the first name that would come up whenever the conversation went in the direction of people responsible for making Harrisonburg what it is today. 

"It sends chills down my spine when I think back to this place in the early nineties." Thomas tells me. We were talking at his shop before the doors opened for the day's business. "Even the late eighties, when I first came to Harrisonburg to ride bikes. There weren’t many mountain bike scenes back in the late eighties, but I had a roommate who brought me up here to ride, and it opened my eyes to real mountain riding. I hadn’t seen it before. Bike riding was why I decided to move here in 1992. The people are really what caused me to stay. 

"I don’t think that I was a part of the 'first layer' of our mountain bike community here. There were people here before me discovering and exploring the trails on mountain bikes. We touched base with them. My generation of folks, myself, Chris Scott, Tim Richardson, Mike Carpenter, those are the people who were not just motivated to ride, but motivated to get stuff done. We were the next layer of the mountain bike community. We’re still heavily involved, and have relationships that go beyond the bike."

It's clear that Thomas and the rest of this community value the opportunities that have come from building a trusting and meaningful relationship with local land managers, including the National Forest Service. It might have been a nebulous and fuzzy arrangement early on, but this crew was quick to recognize the gold mine they were sitting on, and weren't about to take that for granted.
 

 

 

 Thomas' roots go deep in these here parts. Some say that enduro even got its start here. The truth is somewhere in those notes.

 

 

 

 Massanutten's bike park offers up close to 1,100 vertical feet of classic, Virginia tech.

 

 

 "All or Nutten" is the newest experts only trail from the top of the mountain, and has a decidedly raw and rowdy feel to it.

 

 

 20 years ago, this pile of rocks made up the start for Massanutten World Cup downhill course.

 

 

 If there was any roost to toss, Harlan Price would be throwing a few grenades into this corner.

 

 

 A bit of flow towards the mid-mountain helps to break up the otherwise jackhammer tech that makes up most of the advanced riding here.


"In the early 90’s, it was all about exploring and building relationships." Thomas notes. "Now, there’s certainly a lot more information available, but that wasn't always the case. You used to have to pick people’s brains, or open up a poor quality map and go looking for trails. It was really huge to come across a trail with some friends, and we’d always say “Don’t tell anyone!”. You go to a party later, and someone is saying “Yeah, I heard about the new trail you guys found!”. Of course you couldn’t contain your excitement. Now, it’s now something we want to keep to ourselves. We love sharing it. We also love to share the community. We’re as much about the riding as we are about hanging out together. I want to see that continue to develop. 

"Our riding opportunities have increased due to strong partnerships. Partnering with the city, and taking what was considered scrubbed woods and turning it into a really cool, in-town trail system. Our relationship with Massanutten has helped us develop the Western Slope trails from what was in the early nineties essentially off limits, to now this completely awesome trail system. The nearby resorts have seen our growth, and in turn have taken the opportunity to grow their own systems for some lift access riding. There’s still a very real backcountry experience here, and where I think most of the growth has occurred has been on what might be considered the front range. We want to create cyclists; people with a passion for riding bikes. I think one of the magical things about a bike is that you can connect with people that you might now have otherwise connected with. 

"I don’t think that I was a part of the 'first layer' of our mountain bike community here. There were people here before me discovering and exploring the trails on mountain bikes. We touched base with them. My generation of folks, myself, Chris Scott, Tim Richardson, Mike Carpenter, those are the people who were not just motivated to ride, but motivated to get stuff done. Now, Kyle is here and he’s a great leader for the community. I think the challenge now is trying to figure out how to build on what we’ve done up until this point."
 

 

 

 Lower on the mountain you'll find plenty of fun, flowy options for those not looking to push their bikes and bodies to the limit.

 

 

 Hopping on the lifts in the fall means sharing them with the leaf peepers here to take in some of the most beautiful foliage anywhere in the country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 There are three shops in the heart of downtown, and all of them work together to cultivate and build a strong cycling community, and often collaborate on projects and initiatives.

 

 

 

 While the downtown area doesn't have much in terms of lodging currently, the Stonewall Jackson B&B is within walking distance to loads of restaurants and attractions, has plenty of room for you and your bikes, with fast wi-fi, and of course, some mouth watering breakfasts to fuel your days of adventure.

 

 

 The Shenandoah Valley boasts upwards of 300 miles of "Scenic Byway" roads, and some of them will take you directly into the heart of one of the east coast's most fabled treasures, the George Washington National Forest.

 

 

 These deep woods offer some incredible and challenging singletrack, and can take your breath away, literally and figuratively.

 

 

 Jeremiah Bishop has put many long hours into training to become one of the most accomplished endurance racers on the planet, and credits his home of Harrisonburg for much of his success.

 

 

 Elizabeth Annie moved here for moments like this on Bird Knob.

 

 

 When riding in the Valley, remember that what goes up...

 

 

 ...Must come down. Always, always remember that.


Harrisonburg has been a cornerstone of Kyle Lawrence's life for the better part of 15 years. Kyle attended JMU, where he met his wife. Like many riders in the area, Kyle fell in love with what Harrisonburg and the rest of the Valley offered, and he stayed put upon graduation. Kyle and his wife, Whitney, are now parents to a very charming baby boy, and are both incredibly active in the cycling community here. In fact, Kyle is the president of the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition, an organization that a few years back saw the convergence of both the local mountain bike association and the local road riding club. In a town with world class trail and road riding, it makes sense for the two disciplines to work together in order to more effectively weave cycling into the fabric of the community. 

"The Coalition really is a special organization," Kyle says. "because it’s more than just a bike club. It represents everything biking for Harrisonburg and the rest of the Shenandoah Valley. While mountain biking has always been a big emphasis from the coalition, we’re also focused on getting more kids on bikes, and people in general on them. Greenways around town, and better road riding opportunities are also big points of emphasis for us. This approach allows us to really cross pollinate different types of riding. Mountain biking happens to be one of the better gateway drugs to cycling. We get people hooked on it, and then they’re willing to try other things. We’re really lucky to have a community where everyone coalesces under one umbrella, and that really adds some legitimacy to our organization, and that’s the key to our success."
 

 

 

 I could barely believe it when I found myself on flow in the GW National Forest. Short lived flow to be sure.

 

 

 

 The truth is, flow comes in many forms, and sometimes you just need a bit of body english to find it.

 

 

 Thomas Jenkins has been at it for longer than the average Pinkbike reader has been alive.

 

 

 It was a real pleasure getting to spend so much time on the trails with this collective.

 

 

 Chris leads a select contingent of riders down the Tillman West trail with a decided sense of urgency.


I asked Kyle about the next step for the community, with such a storied history, and ever increasing opportunities for trail access, and a rapidly growing cycling infrastructure, his own role could easily become an overwhelming responsibility. 

"We know that we’re at a crucial point where the Coalition has increased its reach exponentially over the past few years." he tells me with an unassuming confidence to his words. "We’re growing geographically, and have expanded into other counties. We’re leveraging our partnership with the national forest, and are now working with 1.2 million acres of forest. We’re involved with land use planning in the city and county, and we’re involved with national forest planning. We know that we’re going to need to increase our capacity. That’s going to come with paid staff. That staff will continue the work that we’re doing so that everyone is having fun, but also will take some of the load off of our volunteer base. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that isn’t always very fun, and we want to make sure that the volunteers don’t necessarily have to spend their after work hours dealing with those types of issues. 

"Expanding our geographic reach is also a priority. More people under the umbrella of the Coalition means a stronger voice, and better resources. We also see a vision for the Shenandoah Valley to be a bike capital. Whether it’s for Virginia or the World, you have to dream big and we want to empower more people to be able to ride bikes. Whether it’s through our Bicycles for Refugees program, where recent refugees get bicycles, or whether it’s for a kid in school, or someone who picks up a mountain bike for the first time. We just want people to ride bikes more." 
 

 

 Kyle's own generosity and passion for Harrisonburg cycling is reciprocated by the very community he works so hard for.

 

 

 

 Make no mistake, the George Washington National Forest certainly presents its fair share of challenging terrain, but this place is like Disneyland for willing riders.

 

 

 

 Harrisonburg is truly a cornerstone on the east coast for cyclists of any-and-all disciplines, and any-and-all ages.


It's always exciting to see opportunities arise because of mountain biking. I think it speaks to just how potent our sport is, and how empowering it can be for towns and cities, particularly as mountain bikes become more and more of a resource and commodity for a growing number of municipalities. I also think that it says something when a place like Harrisonburg can have a thriving mountain bike and cycling community, and it isn't seen as a tourism-based need. Instead, it is something that has been cultivated and developed to service and empower residents first, with visitation and tourism falling in line from there. A commodity can be many things to many people and places. For some, it's a resource that might be the primary economic driver for their respective region. For others such as Harrisonburg, it's very much a quality of life affair. Interestingly enough, it's this community-first approach that makes Harrisonburg such a profoundly brilliant place to visit and ride bikes. Kyle, who is now wrapping up his 7th straight year as the Coalition president, makes no bones about it.

"I think what is super cool about this place is that cycling and riding is a lifestyle here," he says. "It’s also a quality of life asset. Instead of tourism dollars per se, the Coalition here is focused on empowering people here with bikes. Whether it’s for fun, or work, or getting around town, it’s about providing a range of opportunities that for people in Harrisonburg. We’re intentional with what we do, and how we do it. We get to shape this community for ourselves; it’s not about a need for visitation. We still encourage people to come and check us out, and we love having people here, but we’re building this community for ourselves."
 

 

 Trail building is a language we can all understand.

 

 

 The next generation is already preparing to take the torch.

 

 

 

 The SVBC has worked hard to demystify all forms of cycling, whether its done in the backcountry or in downtown.

 

 

 Opportunities abound high and low in the Valley.

Santa Cruz Mountain Bikes, They Do It Right!

We've stocked Santa Cruz mountain bikes at Bluestone Bike & Run, for three years now and we couldn't be more proud of the brand and the bikes coming from our friends in California.

Since owning my first Santa Cruz (an orange 5010 v1 in 2015) I've been hooked on the build quality, the ride characteristics, and service. Since that bright orange machine, I've had a Bronson and a Hightower, and I just unboxed my new Hightower LT. I've also demoed every other model than their downhill beast, the V10.

There are many reasons someone looking at a high-end mountain bike should consider Santa Cruz, but my top four reasons are:

Lifetime Warranty
Dialed ride (suspension)
Specs (component options)
100% Fun

Yes, you get a lifetime warranty with these bikes. You could easily keep them for many years because they are so well made. However, if you're like me, you'll probably want the latest and greatest, every couple years. So when you upgrade, don't worry because Santa Cruz bikes have amazing resale values.

The VPP suspension design is efficient and responsive. You've got to try it for yourself. (We have DEMO BIKES!)

Specs can make or break a bike and Santa Cruz, doesn't mess around with their builds. You can hop on a 2.5k bike that will be the most fun you've ever had, or a 10K dream build bike. 

At Bluestone, we're more about fun than racing, but if you wanted to race on your Santa Cruz, you'd be just fine. If you follow mountain biking, you've probably seen or heard of the Santa Cruz Syndicate. Those dudes can ride! Also, I think everyone has seen a Danny MacAskill video. He rides/dances/performs magic with a Santa Cruz too.

One other thing, these bikes come with free bearings for life. Yes, if your bearings aren't smooth, call us or Santa Cruz up and we'll get you a new set, no questions asked. 

Santa Cruz is on point. Want to hear more about them, their carbon factory, history, etc. check out this podcast from the Path Podcast.

Running Injuries Seminar - Recap

Last night we had a great opportunity to partner with Appalachian Physical Therapy in Harrisonburg, VA (they also have an office in Broadway, VA) for a presentation on Running Injuries, aptly named: Running Into Frequent Injuries?

During the discussion, Adam and Bill of Appalachian PT thoroughly covered:

  • Early detection and prevention of common injuries
  • Optimal recovery and rehab
  • Stretching
  • True core stability

Additionally, Erik, our Footwear manager discussed the importance of properly fitting shoes and the key differences between shoes.

We hope to repeat this seminar in the future, but until then, here's a high level overview...

Each year up to 50% of runners report an injury and most are due to overuse and/or abuse.

Running injuries appear in many forms:

  • Joint pain in the hip, knee, foot, and ankle
  • Patellofemoral pain
  • Meniscal tears
  • Ligament sprains and tears
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Shin splints
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis/rupture
  • Iliotibial band syndrome
  • Groin strain
  • Lower back pain

Why Do Injuries Occur?

Lots of reasons for this, but most problems arise when the high demands of running overloads tissues. 

Pre-existing, unresolved problem: this is the most common factor behind injuries. Joints and soft tissues that were not moving ideally from the start become more problematic when faced with the demands of running.

Inappropriate training and dosing: a sudden increase in activity can easily overload tissues, especially if they were already compromised in any way.

External factors: shoe wear, composition of running surface, turns, hills, wet surface, etc.

What Can Be Done?

Early identification of and attention to faulty movement patterns before they damage the neuro/myofascial/skeletal/internal organ components of the trunk and extremities is essential to injury prevention. A skilled, comprehensive assessment that considers the body as a whole, interrelated system, integrated in movement and function can go a long way in stopping the advancement of problems, or prevent them from happening in the first place!

Proper shoes is also a great first place to start. Far to many people are wearing shoes because they like the color or they are trendy, when in fact, they need a totally different type of shoe to address the shape of their foot.

Visiting a Physical Therapist is also a must. As we learned from the discussion, in most cases you don't need a referral to see a PT, but it is always best to check with your insurance company. (Appalachian Physical Therapy is glad to help you out!)

We hope to hold many more educational seminars like this one in the future. Knowing how to care for your body, makes it much easier to have a happy body!

Adam at the start of his presentation.

Adam at the start of his presentation.

Adam, with his awesome volunteer, Leslie, showing us how to locate weak areas in our body. 

Adam, with his awesome volunteer, Leslie, showing us how to locate weak areas in our body. 

Erik sharing a surprising fact - more often than not, runners are wearing the wrong shoe size! 

Erik sharing a surprising fact - more often than not, runners are wearing the wrong shoe size! 

Harrisonburg's Bike Month List of Events!

Sunday, May 7: Ice Cream Ride

 

  • One of our most popular events! Bring the whole family for an easy, casual ride around town!
  • When the ride is done, stay and enjoy ice cream with us!
  • Meet at Kline’s Dairy Bar on E. Wolfe St. at 2:00 PM

Wednesday, May 10: Bike to School Day

 

    • Join kids all over America and ride your bike to school today!
    • Parents: join together with your neighbors and friends to form bike trains—adults in the front and back, and kids ride in the middle—a fun and healthy way to get to school!
    • Contact Matt Hassman at mthassman@sentara.com or matthassman@gmail.com for more information!

 

Wednesday, May 17: Ride of Silence

 

  • The Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe, beginning at 7:00 PM in every time zone. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways.
  • Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.
  • Harrisonburg’s Ride of Silence begins and ends at the University Commons on the EMU campus.

Friday, May 19: Bike to Work Day

 

  • Join people all over the country and ride your bike to work today! While you’re at it, organize a team of riders from your workplace and participate in a little friendly competition.
  • SVBC will be hosting a free breakfast on Court Square, served from 7:00 till 10:00 am for all riders.
  • Stop by on your way to work and join us for coffee and pastries, and some friendly conversation with fellow riders!

Saturday, May 20: Confident City Cycling Class

 

  • Join us for “Confident City Cycling,” a class that gives bike riders the confidence they need to ride safely and legally in traffic and on the trail. This class is combination of parking lot drills and on-road practice.
  • The class will be taught at the Community Activities Center at Westover Park from 9 AM till 1 PM.
  • Click here for more information.

Saturday, May 20: Evening Glowstick Ride on the Bluestone Trail

 

  • Join us for a night ride on the Bluestone Trail! There will be activities and games starting at 7:30 pm. The ride will begin when it gets dark, around 8:15.
  • There will be games and bike safety checks organized by Bluestone Bike & Run.
  • You are encouraged to decorate your bike with glowsticks and lights! Some glowsticks will be available.
  • Meet at the parking lot next to Kids’ Castle at Purcell Park.
  • For more info, click here or here.

Sunday, May 21: Sunday Funday Ride

 

  • A monthly ride in collaboration with the SVBC, Sentara RMH, and Bluestone Bike & Run.
  • We will start at 3 PM at Bluestone Bike & Run, 1570 South Main Street, Harrisonburg 22801, with bike and helmet checks, head over to the trail and let everyone loose! Ride the trail once or 10 times…it’s up to you!
  • After the ride, we’ll meet back at the shop for refreshments and to warm up.
  • Parents are encouraged to ride with their children.

Friday, May 26: Bike, Run, Sweat and Beers

 

  • Head over to Brothers Craft Brewing (formerly 3 Brothers) on N. Main St. this evening for the third annual edition of this casual, 10-mile ride around the city!
  • The ride starts around 5:30, but you’ll want to arrive early to get registered …
  • … because all registered riders 21 and older receive a $1 discount on an after-ride beer!