In June, Tim & I rode 68 mi on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a rail to trail that spans 34 mi from Abingdon to Whitetop, VA. We stayed in Damascus, VA, the mid-point of the trail, at a quaint Airbnb “The Inn on Creeper Way.” Bike rentals & shuttles are available in Damascus but we took our mountain bikes fitted with skinny tires, perfect for the crushed limestone surface. Our inn was right on the trail so we began there climbing 17 mi toward Whitetop. (Many riders take a 30 min. shuttle to Whitetop & coast the 17 mi downhill.) After riding to Whitetop and returning to Damascus, we headed toward Abingdon where there were fewer riders, and the landscape changed to trestles & farmland. I suggest riding the Creeper during the off-season or early in the day to avoid lots of novice riders. There were many water stops, one was Creeper Cafe home of the World Famous Chocolate Cake!
We hope cycling in 2016 was fun, and wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Looking back at 2016, what helped make the journey fun and safe? Here’s some suggestions for gifts, gadgets & gizmos received in answer to that question:
Jeff Albro bought his wife, Jill, a new bike and outfitted it with a mirror & computer. Jeff says any cyclist would also appreciate tire changing spoons, multi-tool, CO2 inflator, and inner tubes. Continue reading
HRBike president, Tim Harrison, says there are three important things to know about the 2016 ERV100. First, retired cycling superstars George Hincapie & Christian Vande Velde will attend the ride; second, the date of the ERV has changed to Sunday, August 28 to accommodate their appearance; and third, George Powell is the coordinator of this year’s event!
Yes, you read that right! Hincapie and Vande Velde will be riding the ERV100 this year. Quite possibly it is a once in a lifetime happening for two famous cyclists to ride with us here in Tullahoma, so you will want to be there! Early registration pricing ($65) for the ERV will continue through July 10. Early registration gets you all the great SWAG (t-shirt, mug & more) and entry for a variety of prizes including a spectacular $1000 grand prize Gold Level Continue reading