A full weekend of riding in the Fall beauty of Virginia!

The Shenandoah Bike Foliage Festival will be here before you know it! For those of you new to our festival, you’ll enjoy a full weekend of riding some of the most beautiful parts of our state. Constant vistas of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains enhance your enjoyment of the scenic countryside of the Shenandoah Valley.

You’ll pass bucolic farmlandsMapMyRide 10 Epic Fall Century Rides in the USA (where the pace of life slows down so much, you may even pass a few horse-drawn buggies, especially on the BOBB Route), trees loaded with changing Fall colors, historic Civil War battlefields, and small towns with picturesque town squares and classic Americana architecture.

Featured in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Fall Bike Ride 2014Our festival — which annually draws over 700 riders from up and down the mid-Atlantic states and beyond — was recently featured by mapmyride.com as one of 10 Epic Fall Century Rides in the U.S. and in U.S. News and World Report’s Travel as one of America’s Best Fall Bike Rides. We go out of our way to make sure you have enjoyable routes with plenty of rest stops (with snacks at each stop) and a hearty mid-ride (or pre-ride) meal on Saturday and Sunday prepared by the master cooks of our local Ruritan Clubs.

With the recent addition of our open-to-the-public Saturday Night Street Party — and NEW THIS YEAR, Friday Night Street Party — we offer you a central downtown location to meet up and unwind after a long day in the bike saddle. It’s our way of thanking you for coming and thanking our fine community for being such great hosts for the last 27 years!

Bike Festival Cue Sheets and Maps

Weather

Typical weather for Staunton, Virginia in mid-October should be sunny days and cool nights. Daytime highs average in the mid-60s and nighttime lows in the 40s. Layered clothing is recommended. 

Bike Festival 40-page Event Guide 2016

40-page Event Guide

Each festival participant receives a free, 40-page Bike Festival Event Guide, which includes day-to-tear-out detailed route maps and turn-by-turn cue sheets for each route; interesting articles on cycling and our Festival beneficiaries; and money saving advertisements for local businesses.

Bikes and Terrain

Road bikes, hybrids or mountain bikes are suitable for the on-road routes. Fat tire/hybrid bike is needed for country roads option on Sunday. A multi-speed with a double or triple chain ring is best for the terrain, as most routes have some climbing and wonderful descents (single speed beach cruisers not recommended). Family routes have some hills but have been chosen with the young or less experience cyclists in mind. As you can see from our various photos, people have enjoyed riding recumbent bikes, tandems and even fold-up bikes on our routes.

2017 Festival Schedule

Friday

Registration and Welcome Reception

3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.— NEW LOCATION & EARLIER START Registration/Check-in opens at Sunspots Building in Downtown Staunton. Free/validated parking in City parking lots (Johnson St. or Wharf) for those parking before 5 p.m. Enjoy an opening food reception (while the food lasts), special giveaways at Black Dog Bikes (just across the street) and LIVE MUSIC with Melissa & The Growlers with the 8-Point Horns at the Sunspots Pavilion from 5:30-8:30 p.m., then stroll the streets, have some dinner, or catch a play at the Blackfriar’s Playhouse.  Learn more about Staunton.

Melissa and the Growlers

Saturday

Daytime rides and Nighttime music!

7 a.m. — NEW LOCATION Registration/Check-in at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church (for those who did not check-in on Friday). 

8 a.m. — Routes open: Century Group Start at St. Paul’s. Metric Century riders can start any time (no group start).

8 a.m. — Routes open at St. Paul’s and Natural ChimneysRemote start location for Family Ride and BOBB Route (36-miles). Start when you want.

10:30  a.m. — Lunch opens at Sangerville-Towers Community CenterEnjoy live music from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. from The WeedEaters string band with guest Kelly Miller

4:00 p.m. — Routes close (SAG and radio support ends)

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. — Downtown Street Party at the Sunspots Pavilion with The Judy Chops band

The WeedEaters String Band
The Judy Chops

Sunday

Daytime rides (with a great brunch, to boot!)

8 a.m. — Registration/Check-in at NEW LOCATION Middlebrook Community Center (for those who did not check-in on Friday or Saturday). 

8 a.m. — Routes open: Middlebrook Community Center

8 a.m. — Brunch: Middlebrook Community Center (enjoy a hearty breakfast/brunch throughout the day of riding at our Middlebrook “headquarters”)

4:00 p.m. — Routes close (SAG and radio support ends)

Dinner on your own and drive home safely!

Riders enjoy brunch at Middlebrook Community Center