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2022 Bike the Loop - Full Circuit

  • 24 Sep 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Rivanna River Company, behind 1518 E High St


  • Ride of the main Rivanna Trail loop only. Does NOT include admission to the Rivanna Roots concert afterwards.
  • Ride of the main Rivanna Trail loop, with free admission to the Rivanna Roots concert afterwards.

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Join us for a group bike ride around the City on the Rivanna Trail! September 24 is National Public Lands day, and to celebrate the Rivanna Trail's 30th anniversary we have a full weekend of events planned. Let us show you how to navigate the trail's main loop! We have a limited number of free tickets to Saturday's Rivanna Roots concert available to Full Circuit participants - select the "Circuit Ride + Rivanna Roots" option if you wish to attend the concert afterwards.

(In addition to this bike circuit, co-sponsored by the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club, we're also leading a full-loop hike, a family-friendly short walk, and a group run. We're also planning a bike ride of the River North segment of the trail on Sunday, September 25. Check the event overview for details of the other options.)

  • Distance: ~ 20 miles.
  • Cycling time: approximately 2-5 hours according to ability and speed. We will be splitting into groups according to ability and experience, and there will be van-assisted bail out points.
  • Start: The Rivanna River Company is located behind the Pie Chest & Lone Light Coffee (1518 E High St). Parking is available along Riverdale Drive and in the Burnley-Moran Elementary school parking lot, across High Street from our meeting point (map below). We leave from the RTF tent promptly at 1:00PM ("wheels down").
  • Finish: We'll end back at the Rivanna River Company around 5:00PM, in time for the Rivanna Roots concert. The ride is free, but admission to the concert is $12 in advance or $15 on-site -- but we will comp admission for the first 25 people who register! Local beer, wine, and food trucks will be on-site starting at 5:00, with the concert beginning at 6:00.
  • What to bring: a sturdy mountain bike, clothes and helmet appropriate for “urban wilderness” riding and the weather conditions, water and snacks, and any personal needs. There are a number of rock-hops and smaller streams to cross, so participants can expect wet toes.
  • There will be 3 or 4 aid stations with water and snacks (TBD). All riders should have a fat-tire geared bike, sturdy footwear, helmet, gloves, and water. Carrying a spare tube is recommended. Dress for the weather.
  • This is a strenuous ride - and is not suitable for first-time cyclists or children younger than 12, unless the are experienced riders. The RT is mostly a primitive trail, so "experience" means ability to ride on dirt trails with hills, roots, and rocks. That said, this is a perfect ride for an experienced beginner and all intermediates looking for a challenge. The bail-out option means no pressure to do the whole 21 miles, but everyone will be encouraged to finish as much as they can. This is a NO DROP ride - no one will be left behind.
  • By registering for this ride, you:

    • Acknowledge having read the above ride description.
    • Acknowledge inherent risks, hazards, and dangers of this activity.
    • ŸAssume and accept any and all risks associated with participation.
    • ŸAttest that your physical and mental health are adequate for safe participation.
  • How to participate: No cost. Just register so we’ll know to expect you.
  • We'll send a final confirmation to registrants the week before the ride.