Well what a year its been! With the warmer weather and and clock change its time to resume organized rides, but with some modifications due to the current health pandemic.
Culpeper is lucky to have so many ride options and with the addition of a few new options we have up to 4 rides per week.
Wednesday Night Ride Series
Back again this year is the ever-popular Wednesday Night Ride Series. This weekly ride rotates around the area and features a new route & starting location.The ride is a social cycling ride which attracts riders of many different abilities, interests and backgrounds who come together to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow cyclists. Riders of all abilities are welcome to attend.
The ride typically breaks into 3 groups or pavings, A Group (19-21 mpg), B Group (17 – 19 mph) and a C Group (12- 14 mph). Please note that unlike some of the rides in Culpeper this is not sag-supported and riders are expected to know the route (maps & cue sheets are posted in the Ride Calendar) and be self supported in case of mechanical issues.
For the full schedule and calendar of Wednesday Night Rides is available in our Ride Calendar.
Thursday Night Recovery Rides
After the weekly Wednesday Night Ride, many cyclists are looking to take it a little more slowly on Thursdays. The ride takes place every Thursday evening throughout the season and starts from VeloConcepts at 6pm.
Each Thursday we follow the same route (about 23 miles) and the pace is generally conversational, slower riders will have a chance to re-group too. Rides will start from VeloConcepts at 6:00 pm and all are invited to hang around after the ride for some good ‘ol socializing.
Saturday Coffee + Bikes Ride
Starting the first Saturday in April, join us at VeloConcepts & 18 Grams Coffee Lab for a road ride every Saturday all season long. The rides are variable in length, but are generally 2 hours or more.
In the spring the ride leaves at 10 am on a rolling hills loop, but all are invited to show up earlier to enjoy free breakfast pastries, coffee & espresso.
The ride week ends with a weekly Sunday Ride! The route and starting location varies, so please be sure to visit and signup for Culpeper Cycling’s Rides Forum to get the latest ride information and changes. However, the first Sunday of every month we host the Sunday’s First Ride, which starts at VeloConcepts at 10 am.
Additional Upcoming Rides
Throughout the season there are many organized rides that take place in and around Culpeper. Be sure to check out the Rides Calendar for a full list of upcoming events. However here are a few highlights for the spring.
A Day In Hell – Paris Roubaix Tribute – On April 10th and 11th 2021, VeloConcepts is joining forces with Rapha to bring you our version of Northern France to central Virginia. Inspired by the cobbles of the Queen of the Classics, we have translated the agony and ecstasy of Paris-Roubaix to routes you can ride from our shop, taking in the finest gravel and roads less traveled.
Tour de Madison – Saturday, May 15 – Back for this year in its 33rd incarnation. With three route options available (65 mile, 45 mile & 2o mile) this is a great ride for riders of all abilities. A
And that’s not all. There are so many other opportunities to ride in Culpeper and many of them are unscheduled. So be sure to register and use CulpeperCycling.com’s Rides Forum. By signing up you will get email notifications of all posts and ride updates.
This forum is available to all registered users as a way to organize and schedule impromptu rides in and around Culpeper. And with over 300 registered members you can bet you can always find someone to ride with.