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Gauge Height: 5.95'
Flow: 8070 cfps
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Road Biking

Where Will Bike Lanes Go, and What Will They Look Like?

If you don’t receive information from the Sports Backers’ BikeWalkRVA program, you should. Their email blasts are always informative. Case in point: a recent email from Shihan Wijeyeratne, Lead Organizer for …

By Andy Thompson | March 30, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Will the Center of the Universe Become More Bike/Pedestrian Friendly?

I recently exchanged emails with Shihan Wijeyeratne, the Sports Backers‘ Community Engagement Coordinator. He alerted me to an event coming up that Ashland/greater Hanover residents (and those who think our …

By Andy Thompson | January 30, 2017 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Upcoming Events

Advice for Those Resolving to Bike More in 2017

We’ve almost reached the end of 2016. Time to start those annual New Year’s resolutions that you never keep. Only this year, pick something that will really make a difference …

By Phil Riggan | December 29, 2016 | Posted In: Road Biking

25 Miles of New Bike Lanes Could Look Like This…

Blogging on the Sports Backers’ website, Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan offers a summary of Tuesday’s big bike lane meeting, where city planners presented designs for 25 total miles …

By Andy Thompson | November 24, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Pushing Richmond for 20 (More) Miles of Bike Lanes

I wanted to pass along this email from BikeWalk RVA because I think it’s hugely important in moving us forward as a city that’s friendly to bicyclists and incentivizes bicycle …

By Andy Thompson | November 9, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

High Bridge Trail State Park Offers Variety of Great Ways to Explore Farmville

This past weekend I spent the day hiking and biking the High Bridge Trail State Park in and around Farmville. The weather was perfect and the trip wound up being …

By Phil Riggan | September 29, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Road Biking

Report: RVA Could Host New Cycling Event in 2017

Late summer sojourns to the mountains and the Rivah have meant a long gap between posts here at RichmondOutside. But the trips are over, the kids are headed back to …

By Andy Thompson | August 25, 2016 | Posted In: Road Biking

The Kickstand — Bike Rental, Sales, Service Shop — Now Open on Va. Capital Trail

Man, it’s hot out there. Maybe not the best day for a ride on the Virginia Capital Trail, at least not midday. But when it cools down — maybe in …

By Andy Thompson | July 26, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Richmond Cycling Corps to Open Bike Rental Shop on Va. Capital Trail

On May 14th, I wrote about how Richmond Cycling Corps is moving its headquarters to a formerly vacant building much closer to the kids the group serves (mostly in Fairfield …

By Andy Thompson | May 26, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Richmond Cycling Corps Is On the Move

Our friends at Richmond Cycling Corps always seem to be up to something big. Case in point: the above video (shot by Jack Anderson) showcasing the new headquarters they’ll be …

By Andy Thompson | May 14, 2016 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking

VCTF Marks Cap2Cap Ride’s 11th Year

Tomorrow the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation’s Cap2Cap ride will go off for the 11th straight year. For the previous 10 the event had two start/finish lines: one in Williamsburg and …

By Andy Thompson | May 13, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Road Biking, Upcoming Events

May is Bike Month in RVA

Saturday, April 30 marks the launch of RVA Bike Month in the Richmond region, and the Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA is in its third year of coordinating a full month of …

By Andy Thompson | April 28, 2016 | Posted In: Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Sports Backers Releases Richmond Region Bicycle Infrastructure Report

Bike Walk RVA (a program of Sports Backers) today released the 2016 Richmond Region Bicycle Infrastructure Report, an update to the 2013 Richmond Region Baseline Bicycle Infrastructure Report. The new …

By Andy Thompson | March 21, 2016 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Henrico, Chesterfield Candidates Questioned on Bike/Ped Issues

The Sports Backers have come out with a handy map in an effort to educate Chesterfield and Henrico County residents on where their Board of Supervisors candidates stand on walking …

By Andy Thompson | October 28, 2015 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

Despite Opposition, Planners Approve Chesterfield Bike Proposal

Markus Schmidt reported in today’s Times-Dispatch that “the Chesterfield County Planning Commission signed off on a draft plan that calls for 360 miles of new bicycle pathways and trails throughout …

By Andy Thompson | October 21, 2015 | Posted In: Greenways, Mountain Biking, Road Biking

What the World(s) Needs Now

I am not a race fan. At least I wasn’t. The truth is, I had no idea what to expect from UCI 2015. Traffic, of course. And crowds. But I …

By Nicole Anderson Ellis | October 12, 2015 | Posted In: Features, Road Biking

Va. Capital Trail: ‘It’s a Place to Exhale’

I spent a good part of yesterday morning on an old school bus, chugging down Route 5 next to the brand spanking new Virginia Capital Trail. I was part of a …

By Andy Thompson | September 30, 2015 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running

Raindrops on the Race Course

The James River got a bit of attention on the UCI bicycle race course this past week. “Arts & Cultural District Drains to the James,” the 4’x4’ raindrop posters proclaim. To …

By Elli Morris | September 28, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Road Biking

Three of USA’s Great Cyclists to Appear at ‘Conquer the Cobbles’

Just this morning I was eating brunch at Helen’s with my wife, daughter and some friends. The rain hadn’t started, and I had ridden my bike there from my office …

By Andy Thompson | September 25, 2015 | Posted In: Road Biking

Deep Breath, Richmond

“It’s unbelieveable. You can’t get any where near downtown in a car. It’s totally shut down.” My dad said this to me on the phone Sunday, describing a scene of …

By Andy Thompson | September 22, 2015 | Posted In: Road Biking, Upcoming Events
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