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Biking the Valley

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It doesn't have to be autumn to bike the Shenandoah Valley. In fact, it's commonly held that the Valley has the best biking in all of Virginia year-round.

But there is a special appeal to biking around here in the fall. From perfect weather to glorious views, changing foliage, to quiet back roads, and even to camraderie through biking festivals, there seems to be no beeter time than now to get on two wheels and ride!

Fall Foliage Festival

One weekend in particular offers all of the above and more. The Fall Foliage Festival, which begins exactly 30 days from today — October 17-19 — is a weekend of riding adventure for the whole family where 700 riders come from far and wide to enjoy all the gentle and awe-inspiring pleasures of the Shenandoah Valley.

In it's 24th year, the Fall Foliage Festival has steadily grown into one of the most anticipated events of the biking year. With stunning weather expected for that weekend, this year's festival is no exception.

What's great about the Fall Foliage Festival, too, is that there are different routes for different skill levels, and rides that are focused on being more family-friendly (easier for kids), as well as those challenging routes — the Valley has plenty of hills — for the more seasoned and ambitious rider.

The festival is rounded out with plenty of opportunities for socializing or enjoying all the perks that come with being in Staunton, such as The American Shakespeare Center, our three local breweries, wine tasting rooms, plenty of artisan crafts, great restaurants, and a walkable downtown in which to enjoy it all.

There's still time to register for the Festival, so check it out. 

Everyday riding

But you don't have to be in town for the festival to enjoy great fall riding around here. Bike the Valley is a website that offers lots of insight into the local area, including cycling groups, routes to ride, planned and spontaneous group rides, and meet-ups by bike.

Right here in Staunton there's a Facebook page dedicated to the local biking scene, Staunton Cycling Group, which may help newcomers and visitors to the area to join in on group rides or get insight about routes ands rides from the locals who know them the best. 

Over the past year, cycling activists in the area have worked hard to make the City of Staunton more bike-friendly, pushing for sharrows, share the road signs, bike lanes and bike racks, and education and awareness about biking in the area, which has grown so much in recent years. 

We think you'll find that biking in Staunton and the surrounding area is pleasant, and charming and that with the help of events like the Fall Foliage Festival and year-round local happenings, that this is the place to be if you want scenic and serene riding (less backroads traffic on this side of the Blue Ridge). 

So break out your bike rack, load up, and come out to Staunton for the best biking in the state.

— Joe and Evy (rhymes with heavy) Harman, Proprietors, The Frederick House

But you don't have to be in twon for the festival to enjoy great fall riding around here. Bike the Valley is a website that offers lots of insight into the local area, including cycling groups, routes to ride, planned and spontaneous group rides, and meetups by bike.

Right here in Staunton there's a Facebook page dedicated to the local biking scene, Staunton Cycling Group, which may help newcomers and visitors to the area to join in on group rides or get insight about routes ands rides from the locals who know them the best. 

Over the past year, cycling activists in the area have worked hard to make the City of Staunton more bike-friendly, pusshing for sharrows, Share the Road signs, bike lanes and bike racks, and education and awareness about biking in the area, which has grown so much in recent years. 

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