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2,000 cyclists roll into town Monday for ‘Bike Virginia’

Bike Virginia: “the Shenandoah Expedition” comes to downtown Harrisonburg on Monday June 28. Come celebrate with live music from Everyday People and Chanello’s pizza, soda, beer and wine.
Now in its 23rd year, Bike Virginia takes cyclists on a five day, 50 mile recreational tour, visiting a different area of the state each year. An estimated 2,000 cyclists began their journey today in Staunton and will arrive in Harrisonburg on Monday. Between now and then, the cyclists will ride through the country sides of Augusta, Rockingham and Shenandoah Counties. Bike Virginia travels the Commonwealth in cycles (no pun intended), and their last ride through Harrisonburg and Rockingham County was in 2004.
The economic impact of Bike Virginia was calculated at 3.1 million dollars in 2005 from the participants who dine in restaurants, shop and stay in hotels in their host towns. From the Bike Virginia website, the majority of cyclists are between ages 35-50, although the ride does include young children being towed by their parents as well as couples, singles and retirees.
Schedule (Bike Virginia cyclists and the public are welcome!)
Monday June 28th
  • 11am – Guided walking tours. Tickets $10.
  • 9am to 5pm – Open house at Hardesty-Higgins House visitor center, serving light refreshments
  • 9am-5pm – Harrisonburg/Rockingham Museum Passport – Visit 3 out of 4 museums (Virginia Quilt Museum, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center or Valley Turnpike Museum) and receive a free Harrisonburg downtown walking tour booklet and prize pack with discount coupons and a buy one get one free dinner. Also enter a drawing for a Harrisonburg Welcome Back Pack, which includes one free night lodging at the Stonewall Jackson Bed & Breakfast. Passports can be picked up at any participating museum and turned into Rocktown Gift Shoppe located in the Hardesty-Higgins House Visitor Center.
  • 6pm to 8:30pm – Outdoor music festival featuring Everyday People in the grassy lot across from the Daily News Record. Tickets $2. Meet the mayor of Harrisonburg, visit the massage tent, and purchase pizza and beverages.

Tuesday

  • 7am to 1pm – Harrisonburg Farmers’ Market
  • 11am – Guided walking tours. Tickets $10.
  • evening – Exclusive screening of Stephen Auerbach’s new film The Race Across America – Bicycle Dreams and dinner on campus of Eastern Mennonite University

This event is supported by: Chanello’s Pizza, Eagle Distributing, Crooked Run Cellars, Cave Ridge Winery, City of Harrisonburg, Harrisonburg Tourism – Proceeds from the Monday concert go to Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

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