Cap2Cap Cycling Event on Virginia Capital Trail Slated for May 14 is your source for free news and information in Williamsburg, James City & York Counties.

Riders in a previous Cap2Cap ride across the finish line. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)
Riders in a previous Cap2Cap ride across the finish line. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation)

The Cap2Cap cycling event is back for 2016 and celebrating the recent completion of the Virginia Capital Trail, which links the state’s current and former capitals, Richmond and Jamestown.

This year’s event will take place May 14, and cyclists have the choice of participating in rides of four different lengths ranging from 15 to 100 miles.

The trail, which took nearly 10 years to complete, spans 52 miles and covers parts of James City, Charles City and Henrico counties and Richmond.

The Cap2Cap routes will direct cyclists onto the Capital Trail whenever possible, offering a scenic ride through Civil and Revolutionary War battlefields and unspoiled Virginia farmland.

All four routes begin and end at the Charles City Courthouse, with longer rides taking larger loops around that central hub.

The most experienced and adventurous cyclists can take part in the Waste Management Century 100-mile ride, which will take participants from Charles City to the Historic Triangle then up to Richmond and back to the starting line.

Cyclists looking for something a bit less rigorous can opt for the Virginia Credit Union Half Century 50-mile ride or the BikeBeat Quarter Century 25-mile ride.

The shortest route of the day, the 15-mile Busch Gardens Fun Ride, is ideal for cyclists who wish to use kiddie trailers or who are uncomfortable leaving the Capital Trail to ride on open roads.

Once riders make it to the finish line they can enjoy lunch, musical entertainment and a vendor expo as part of the post-rides celebrations. The finish line party kicks off at 11 a.m. and will continue until 4 p.m.

Rider support along the routes will discontinue at 4:30 p.m., so participants are encouraged to pick a ride they can complete in that time frame and to give themselves time to enjoy the finish line festivities.

Interested parties have until midnight May 11 to register online at a discounted rate. Each pre-registrant will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt and lunch, including one free beer for riders 21 and older.

Walk-up registration will be available at Friday packet pickup, which will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Corner Pocket in James City County and at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, and on ride day.

For registration prices, route maps and safety rules and information, click here.

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