This is the season opener of the One Night Overnight (ONO) rides featured in the March & April Pedal Patter. Please try to arrive 15 minutes early. A rider packet will be distributed at sign in (and will be emailed in advance by request).
Note: our start has moved to Four Mile Creek Park Henrico, VA 23231 from Shiplock Park due to a large event in Richmond. This shortens the trail route on Saturday by 10 miles but it also then allows for one to take the ferry at trail's end to Surry and ride up to an additional 20 miles, making for a 60-mile (or longer) day, if desired. And any riders who want to ride to the trail end in Richmond at Shiplock Park can do so optionally on Sunday as well and then return to the Four Mile Creek Park start as there is no event there on Sunday. This would also be a 60 mile day if desired--and cover the complete trail.
Riders have several choices to arrange in advance of the ride: you can ride back to the start (a long day in the saddle!); carry a small bag to stay the night and return on your own schedule on the trail the next day; take advantage of a noncycling partner/friend to carry your bag and/or for a ride home.
Additionally, those staying the night with their own return arrangements can do the challenging Colonial Grand Fondo Metric (cue supplied) on Saturday or Sunday. On either day it's highly recommended to take the free ferry to Surry for four different ride options from 10 to 50 miles (cues in packet).
ONO rides are self-supported for ease of scheduling and flexibility; riders make their own individual arrangements for the return to Richmond and their own hotel reservations for the overnight. There are many hotels in Williamsburg to chose from but reservations should be refundable as the ride will not go if weather is not favorable.
The recommended hotel for this ride is the reasonably priced ($99 plus taxes PPTC group rate) Clarion Hotel in the Historic Area, 351 York Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185,(757) 229-4100. Please note that it is 8.8 miles to the hotel from trail end and this short ride is separately cued.
Riders should be prepared to carry their own bag to Richmond. However, we will try to take advantage of cars that are accompanying riders to move their bags. Please contact Catherine Kitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a car driver accompanying you that can carry a bag or if you would like a bag carried. Again, we cannot guarantee a bag carry but we will try to arrange it.
There will be a group dinner Saturday night, venue and time will be provided at sign in.
(FYI : in the event of a cancelation, June 18 is the tentative reschedule date. If rescheduled, the hotel price is subject to change and the ride will start at Shiplock Park in Richmond VA.)
Directions to Start: I/95 South to 285 South Exit 22A Route 5 South New Market Road, Left onto Farmers Circle Drive @Exxon--About two hours from the Beltway. Contact John Zebatto (email@example.com) for questions and a rider packet via email in advance. Check the Virginia ride forum and the website for any updates or weather related issues.