The road to Paris for women's cycling starts in Virginia's Blue Ridge!
The TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, also known as US Bicycle Route 76, is a cross-country biking trail that passes through Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The 4,228-mile trail is one of two original U.S. Bicycle Routes in the nation and it's broken into 12 sections. Section 1 begins in Astoria, Oregon and Section 12 ends in Yorktown, Virginia.
A portion of Section 12 winds through Virginia's Blue Ridge, beginning in Christiansburg and making its way north through Botetourt County and on to Lexington before connecting with the Blue Ridge Parkway and heading east toward the Virginia coast.
The Virginia section features more elevation gain than any other state on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. Section 12 is 368 miles in length.
Riding the entire trail across the country takes most riders approximately three months and it's typically ridden from May to September.
In this part of the state, riders will have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning views of the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as passing through the George Washington & Jefferson National Forest.
Along with the stunning scenic views, the trail includes many of the charming small towns that make Virginia's Blue Ridge so unique. You'll find Southern hospitality around every corner!
Even if you can't ride the entire route, the stretch of the trail in Virginia's Blue Ridge is a great option for a road biking adventure!
The following is a step-by-step guide on riding on the portion of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The following is a helpful Google map of the portion of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail that winds through Virginia's Blue Ridge.
The following places of interest are located along US Bicycle Route 76 in Virginia's Blue Ridge and serve as great places to enjoy a meal or learn more about the local culture.
See our complete Biking section to learn more about the other incredible opportunities for riding your bike in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
You can also get more information about the TransAmerica Trail and other routes in the Adventure Cycling Route Network on the Adventure Cycling Association website.
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