TransVirginia Gran Depart (This is an Adventure Ride)
The TansVirginia Bike Route is a 550 mile ride starting in Washington, DC and ends in Damascus, VA. It is mostly (60%) unpaved country and forest roads, double track and rail trails (18%). You will traverse Virginia’s best backcountry on this new gravel packing (gravel, bikepacking, and touring) route focused on rideable, non-technical, unpaved terrain intended for multi-day trips carrying overnight gear.
Grand Depart (mass start) of individual time trials (ITTs) of the TransVirginia route begins at 6:00 am on May 21, 2022 from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Riders are encouraged to tour or race the route at their preference and self-determined challenge level. This is a self supported ride. The route is unmarked and remote with areas of no mobile phone service. Self-navigation is a critical skill for all riders. You can download the GPX file from the Grand Depart Section of the TransVirginia website.
In 2020 the Valley 520 TransVA route was introduced, offering a more approachable experience with less climbing and better maintained gravel roads.