Join the Peninsula Bicycling Association on its annual Spring ride, The Smithfield Challenge, starting from Windsor Castle Park in Smithfield, VA. The park is near downtown Smithfield at 301 Jericho Rd. Rides of 25, 50 and 64 miles take place on quiet and lightly-traveled roads though Isle of Wight County. Roads are mostly flat with a few small rollers. Enjoy scenic views of Lake Burnt Mills and Lake Prince. Eagle sightings are common along these lakes. Afterwards, we will have a hot dog cookout in the park before you leave. If you like to kayak, bring it and take a little boat ride after you refuel. The creek goes out to the Pagan River near Smithfield Station Restaurant.
Early Registration fee is $15 for members, $20 for non-members and $10 for each child (12 and under). Fee includes maps, cue sheets, marked routes, rest stops, snacks, sag support and lunch at the end of the ride. Pre-registration requested. A $5 late registration fee if registration form is not postmarked by May 13th and an additional $5 if registering on-site. On-site registration opens at 7:00 a.m. There will be a mass start at 8:00am for the 62 mile route, 8:30 for the 48 mile route and 9:00 for the 32 mile route. Route SAG will start at 8:00 and not leave the course until the last rider is in. Lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. until the last rider is in. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED!
Contact Jackie Shapiro at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional details or to volunteer.
Update 5/13/15- Due to road closure, the routes have changed for 2015. The shortest route is now a 32 miler but the scenery is so much better... VDOT actually did us a favor. The two longer routes will be finalized by this weekend but we are hoping to keep the distance about the same as last year. We apologize in advance for the last minute change.