Weekly Rides: Riding Bikes & Making Friends
Our weekly rides are great ways to meet local biking enthusiasts while enjoying time in the saddle. We feature both road and mountain biking routes. All participants must wear an helmet, and for insurance reasons after your first trial ride you must become a Coalition member to continue to participate.
Description: Intermediate social mountain bike ride.
Time: 5:30pm Mondays. 2019 season begins March 18th.
Pace: Steady, moderate pace.
Length: 1.5 – 2 hours.
Location: Meet at the Massanutten Western Slope parking lot.
Description: Social road ride. ALL are welcome.
Time: 8:30pm Mondays.
Length: 60 to 90 minute road ride with a little social time afterward, and maybe a beverage.
Pace: We usually average around 15 mph. The goal is to ride as a group and have fun.
Location: Leaves from Shenandoah Bicycle Company, 135 South Main St, Harrisonburg, VA.
Ride Leader Contact Information: Thomas Jenkins 540-236-2001
Description: This is a “drop” road ride, but you will often find the group waiting up for some folks as the terrain and flow of the ride permits. However, there is no guarantee that the group will wait for you if you fall off the back. Generally, the group does not lose more than 25% of riders.
Time: 5:30pm on Tuesdays. 2019 season begins on March 12.
Pace: The ride averages close to 20mph, sometimes less depending on the hills.
Length: About 2 hours.
Location: Meet at Shenandoah Bicycle Company.
Ride Leader Contact Information: Email Kyle Lawrence or call with questions 571-277-8121
Additional Info: See the five routes that we rotate through here: Tuesday Night Ride Routes
Final Wednesday Night Ride of 2019 will be held on October 16 and our annual El Charro Celebration will follow at 7 pm. We will have dinner at the El Charro on S. Main St. Join us for dinner even if you can’t join the ride.
Description: Intermediate, social road ride.
Time: 5:15pm SHARP. 2019 season begins March 13 and ends October 16
Pace: Pace is “social,” 12 – 14 mph, with no one dropped.
Length: Between 20 and 30 miles, or 1.5-2 hours.
Location: Meet at Harrisonburg High S on 1001 Garbers Church Road.
Ride Leader Contact Information: Marcia (540) 432-3312
Description: Weekly trail work building and maintaining the trails at Massanutten Western Slope with fellow mountain bikers. A great way to earn your free Annual Trail Pass to ride these trails!
Time: 5pm to 8pm on Thursdays. 2019 season begins April 4.
What to Bring: Bring gloves and good trail work attire. The Coalition will supply tools and drinks.
Location: We will work on the newest trail up top, “The Puzzler.” Parking will be at the bottom of the 2K trail. Park on the same side of the road as all the other cars.
Trail Work Leader Contact Information: Thomas Jenkins 540-236-2001.
Description: Group ride of about 30 miles with an average speed of 17-18mph. This is not a no-drop ride, so it is helpful to know your way back if you fall off the pace. There are multiple routes and riders should be prepared to ride on dirt roads.
Time: 5:30pm on Thursdays. 2019 season starts March 14.
Length: +/-2 hour ride. 30-40 mile
Location: Meet at Rocktown Bicycles.
***Not a SVBCoalition Ride***
Description: A group mountain bike ride that explores the inner depths of the George Washington National Forest
Time: 3:00pm on Fridays. 2019 season begins April 5th.
Length: 3-4 hour ride on backcountry trails of intermediate to advanced terrain. Expect 30-45 minutes drive time each way to/from the ride’s start.
Location: Varies each week. We’ll try to make the selection by Thursday every week, but the location is subject to change at the last minute to accommodate current weather and trail conditions.
Logistics: Leave (drive/carpool) from Shenandoah Bicycle Company. For those catching a lift with others to/from the ride’s start, leave your car in the municipal lot (free parking) by the Turner Pavilion. Then just walk over to SBC with your bike and gear, and we’ll load up there.
For riders and community safety all SVBC group rides are cancelled until further notice due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Please be safe and practice social distancing for the benefit of our community and your loved ones.
Description: Social intermediate road ride. No one is dropped. This is a ride for those that can ride at an intermediate pace. 40-50 miles in warm weather. 20-30 miles in cold weather.
Time: 9am Sundays.
Pace: Faster than Wednesday’s social ride and slower than Thursday’s steady ride.
Length: 2-4 hours.
Location: Leaves from Bridgewater’s Wildwood Park, West Bank St.
NOTE: in accordance with SVBC policy, the Harrisonburg Sunday Road Ride is suspended until further notice. Get out and ride, just not in a group……
Description: Casual road ride.
Time: Currently, we meet at 9:00 AM.
Pace: Casual-pace; nobody gets dropped.
Length: Usually 20-40 miles, but rarely more than 35.
Location: 745 South Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg
Ride Leader Contact Information: Carl Droms 540-908-7806.
Impromptu Rides: Spontaneous Fun
Join our official online Facebook Group to discuss local bicycle issues, meet fellow cyclists, learn about impromptu rides, check in on trail conditions, or suggest a local loop.
Annual Events: 100s of Miles of Joy
From century rides that are decades old to the young energy of Bike Month, we hope to see you at our annual events!
Trail Passes: Fun on the Trails All Year Long
Massanutten Western Slope offers over 15 miles of trail on more than 800 mountainous acres, great for mountain biking and trail running. Much of the trail system was built and is maintained by the Coalition, and you MUST have a Massanutten Trail Pass to access it.
Youth Riding: the Next Generation of Cycling
This Week: All Coalition Events, All Week Long
The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is participating in the Great Community Give on Wednesday, April 21. This single day of Giving is an initiative of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Foundation to support area non-profits. We know that our strong and vibrant community gives your time, energy, and passions in many ways and we thank you for all you do to Build Better Communities in the Valley.
- What: A Day of Giving (Afraid you might miss April 21? You can Give NOW)
- When: Wednesday, April 21 from 6:30 am – 8 pm
- How: Early Giving began on April 5
- We are targeting the hour between 1 and 2 PM on April 21. If you are able, consider timing your donation for that hour.
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Events
Thursday, April 22 at 5:00 PM
Come out and volunteer by giving back to the National Forest! For over 10 years, the Coalition has celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash along Till…
Come out and volunteer by giving back to the National Forest! For over 10 years, the Coalition has celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash along Tillman Road in the George Washington National Forest. We will meet at the Wolf Parking Lot on Tillman Road and pick up trash along the road at least to the bottom of the Tillman West Trail if not further.
Come out and volunteer by giving back to the National Forest!
For over 10 years, the Coalition has celebrated Earth Day by picking up trash along Tillman Road in the George Washington National Forest.
We will meet at the Wolf Parking Lot on Tillman Road and pick up trash along the road at least to the bottom of the Tillman West Trail if not further.
Bring gloves, long pants, good shoes, and we will supply the trash bags.
Questions? You can contact Jess Daddio (540) 247-0998
Always on the Second Monday of the month.
Most folks arrive around 7:00 pm, order food, and/or drinks, hang out and chat. Between approximately 7:30 and 8 pm, we hold a half-hour informal meeting, where we talk about Bicycle Coalition and community events and anything on tap regarding bicycles in the area. After the meeting, people resume hanging out and chatting.
It’s really fun, a great way to find out what we’re up to, and, if you’d like, to get more involved. We’d love it if you joined us!