FREE monthly social biking event in Richmond? Breakaway RVA has it taken care of for you –
Each month, we invite you to join us as we explore the city, make new friends, and enjoy a surprise treat at the end of our route. Whether it’s live music, beer, an interesting speaker, or something else entirely, you’re sure to be as delighted as you are surprised.
The next ride is coming up this Thursday evening, June 30; go here to learn more and sign up!
The department [Richmond Department of Parks & Recreation] will open its new Belle Isle Bike Skills Area on Saturday, September 29, at 10 a.m. with a celebration that will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, demonstrations, and tours. The public is invited to attend and to bring their bicycles to try out the mountain bike training area.
“I encourage residents and visitors to come discover the Belle Isle Bike Skills Training Area as it is another step Richmond is taking to create bike-friendly, outdoor tourist attractions, as we prepare for the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in 2015,” comments Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The benefits of cycling are tremendous to our city in many ways, including our efforts to encourage city residents to get active and adopt a healthy lifestyle.”
The new training area is located within the James River Park on Belle Isle across from the Tredegar Street suspension bridge. It includes a beginner and expert pump track, rock gardens, and log and rock skinnies in addition to other features. Bicyclists can learn to handle these obstacles and challenges, which they will find on the trails throughout the James River Park, in a controlled environment.
“This site, which has been built largely with the labor of volunteers who love mountain biking, will provide a place to learn and practice mountain biking skills and introduce the fun of mountain biking as a recreational activity to a much larger audience,” said Dr. Norman C. Merrifield, director of the department.
In addition, while this new facility provides “off-road” training, the city also has plans to add an “on-road” training component on Belle Isle adjacent to this site. The on-road training facility will provide a place for children and adults to become competent bicyclists, as well as learn and practice the skills needed to ride safely in an urban environment…
The Belle Isle Skills Area is free to use and is open from sunrise to sunset. For more information, call (804) 646-5733 or visit www.RichmondGov.com/Parks.
If you’re looking to exchange your bike, or part thereof, make plans to attend the Bicycle Swap being held this Sunday, April 22 from 11 am to 4:15 pm in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Robins Sculpture Garden (inclement weather location – Parking Deck).
Cost: Free for the event; $10 (suggested donation) per table space
Registration: Phone 804.475.2230 or email email@example.com for more details or to register for a table space. (Bring your own table.)
Description: Here’s your opportunity to pick up that part (or bike) you’ve been looking for or get rid of those unused parts crowding your garage. Bicycle Swap will be followed by a 4:30 ride to the Byrd Theater for the Bicycle Film Festival. Sponsored ByVMFA & RideRichmond
A couple pieces of bad news for outdoors-loving Richmonders:
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports Outlet store in Lexington Commons on West Broad Street will be closing at the end of the month. Everything is an additional 20% off outlet prices. BRMS has regular retail Richmond locations in Short Pump and Chesterfield Towne Center, which will remain open.
10164 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA23060
Mon-Fri…………..10:00am – 6:00pm
Sat……………10:00am – 6:00pm
Sun…………..12:00pm – 5:00pm
(via Downtown Short Pump)
After 95 years serving Richmond bicyclists, Rowlett’s Bicycle is closing. Everything in the store is on sale 15-50% off.
Monday-Saturday 10-6, Sunday 1-5
1904 Staples Mill Rd
In preparation for its upcoming move to a new space down the road, Carytown Bicycle Co is offering “Dutch auction” style sales on its current inventory, such as 50% off cycling apparel or 40% off all nutrition products (today only).
Keep up with the discounts and other information via Facebook.
3224 W Cary St