March is quickly approaching and Spring Break is on the tips of every ones lips.
Planning ahead is the smart thing to do, but coming to an agreement and deciding on the years ultimate adventure is not a piece of cake.
This year, try the road less traveled.
Instead of the traditional, expensive, over the top spring break, stay local and try something new.
Mountain biking on dirt trails or along paved roads is a fun and health alternative that will have you coming back for more.
Richmond Area Bicycle Association (RABA)
A few weeks before your trip, make sure you research (RABA). This valuable resource brings bicyclists from every skill level together. Looking to make friends and ride with others? You can find them here. http://www.raba.org/cuemap-x.html
Are you on Facebook? Check out RideRichmond. They post group rides throughout the year. They also promote bike education safety and bike advocacy in Richmond. https://www.facebook.com/RideRichmond
Below are popular areas to explore:
Pochantas State Park – There are roughly 20 miles of trails built specifically for mountain bike use and that feature one-way traffic. http://www2.richmond.com/lifestyles/2011/sep/19/bicycle-spoken-here-fall-trail-riding-ar-1315568/
High Bridge Trail – High Bridge Trail State Park is a multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hig.shtml
The Virginia Capital Trail- The Virginia Capital Trail is a dedicated, paved pedestrian and bicycle trail that will connect the Commonwealth’s past and present capitals of Jamestown and Richmond along the Scenic Route 5 corridor. http://www.virginiacapitaltrail.org/
The Virginia Creeper Trail – stretches 34 miles from Abingdon, Virginia down thru the lovely town of Damascus, Va along the Whitetop Laurel River and up to its highest point Whitetop Station near the NC State Line at Whitetop Virginia. http://www.vacreepertrail.com/
The James River
According to Richmond.com “Belle Isle, the Buttermilk Trail, and the North Bank Trail are popular with serious mountain bikers. Belle Isle is the better bet for beginners. Buttermilk trail has some very fast sections and technical sections that require advanced skill level to safely maintain the fast pace.”
So now your full steam ahead, dust off your mountain bike and make this a spring break you’ll never forget!