Virginia has some incredible terrain and is rapidly becoming a hot spot for those who love to hit the dirt on two wheels. A July 2018 article published by Bicycling Magazine titled “The Top 6 Secret Mountain Bike Destinations in the US,” it calls out Roanoke, Virginia as one of the top mountain bike destinations. Why – because with 320 miles of trails (and even more planned) within 45 minutes of its downtown, Virginia’s Blue Ridge won’t stay under the radar much longer. In 2018, Virginia’s Blue Ridge was also designated as a Silver-Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. It’s the first destination in the eastern half of the country to earn Silver-Level Ride Center status. Virginia’s Blue Ridge is now emerging as America’s East Coast Mountain Biking Capital. However, the Blue Ridge is not the only place to find trails. There are a number of unique mountain bike trails all over Virginia.
Mountain Bike Race Licenses
Not all races in Virginia require you to have a USA Cycling license and the majority are NON sanctioned races. However, if you chose to compete in a sanctioned race you will need to be licensed by USA Cycling. If you want to just try out a sanctioned mountain bike racing you can purchase a one-day license just for the event. If this is your first time, you will need to create an account – then it’s off to the races.
Mountain Bike Race Calendar
Virginia race events, many of which are Non sanctioned, are part of the Virginia Off Road Series and you can find more at the registration site. The USA Cycling website provides a search list of permitted cyclocross, road, mountain bike and track events held across the country. Once you find an event you are interested in, you can select it, review the details and register.
Virginia also has an Interscholastic Cycling League, which is a non-profit 501(c)3 NICA Project League. The league promotes interscholastic mountain bike programs for middle school (grades 6-8) and high school students as well as providing structured training for prospective coaches, riders, and school officials.
Mountain Bike Clubs
There are a number of bicycle clubs throughout Virginia that ride year-round and are active in road, mountain, cyclocross, and gravel biking. Visit the Clubs and Local Rides page to find a Mountain Bike club near you.
Places to Ride
Trailforks – is a mountain biking trail database & management system. It is a platform for riding associations to keep track of trail conditions, builders to log work & riders to share and plan their rides. There is a video demonstration of how to use the Trailforks map and its many features and you can download the Trailforks Mobil App to your Apple or Android phone.
The REI Mountain Bike Project is a comprehensive mountain biking guide to the trails you want to ride – with offline maps, full GPS route info, elevation profiles, interactive features, photos, and more. You can download the MTB Project Mobile App to your Apple or Android phone.
How to use the map – before jumping to the map know this – when you get to the Virginia Map (yes, you will be on the Virginia site even though you will see other states and lots of dots and numbers), you can do the following:
- Scroll down below the map and you will see a list of featured trails in Virginia; or
- In the left hand corner type the nearest city you want to ride and a list of trails will appear on the left hand side of the map. You can then select a trail for more detailed information; or
- If you don’t know the city, click and zoom into an area on the Virginia map you think you want to go and a list will be generated on the left side of the map. You can then select a trail for more detailed information.
Mountain Bike Events
If you don’t see an event listed that you know about, go to the List an Event page to request a free posting.