Bike Virginia is looking forward to putting more valley miles on its riders bicycles when it hosts the Bike Virginia Tour, a six-day recreational cycling event that returns to Woodstock from June 21 to June 23 before heading to Harrisonburg from June 24 to June 26.
Bike Virginia held its 2016 event in Woodstock. That ride drew about 1,600 riders to the area from all over the country, said Kim Perry, executive director for Bike Virginia.
“We are excited to come back. We loved it,” Perry said. “The hospitality was warm and the town and the visitors center were great to help us plan.”
Bike Virginia looks for areas with beautiful scenery, history, culture, lodging, and entertainment, she said.
A survey conducted after the 2016 event found riders wanted to return.
“They said it was a beautiful ride. They reported it was one of their favorite communities,” Perry said.
The location is perfect for riders who will come in from Maryland, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and New York, she said.
“We will probably have riders from about 40 states,” she said.
Registration is now open at https://bikevirginia.org/2019-tour/register/ through May.
Event organizers are also looking for food vendors to set up at Massanutten Military Academy, the Bike Virginia headquarters and camp site for about half the riders.
The remaining riders will stay in area hotels and inns.
Any interested vendors can email the group at email@example.com.
The group estimates the event brings in $2.8 million in revenue to the host region during those six days.
“We are thrilled to have this event,” Woodstock Mayor Jeremy McCleary said. “When they came here a couple years ago it was huge. The impact it had on restaurants, hotels was huge.”
He believes the town is positioning itself nicely to bring in more outdoor events, such as with its development of bike paths and trails in town as well as the development of 7 Bends State Park.
“It would be great to have even more events,” McCleary said.