The Peninsula offers many opportunities for cycling enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy group rides, solo jaunts or competitions, Hampton Roads has many opportunities.
Many trails and courses are open to riders of all experience levels, and there are organizations to help find a ride that's right for you.
BikeWalk Virginia. Formerly known as Bicycling Education Association, it sponsors Bike Virginia in June. BikeWalk Virginia, sponsors the Tour de Chesapeake, held in Culpepper, from May 14 to 16. 4801 Hermitage Road, Suite 101, Richmond, 23227. 804-261-0507. www.bikevirginia.org and www.bikewalk virginia.org
Peninsula Bicycling Association. Group rides several times a week throughout the Peninsula. P.O. Box 12115, Newport News, 23612-2115. 356-1451. pbabicycling.org
Williamsburg Area Bicyclists. Group rides several times per week year-round, mostly in Williamsburg. Coordinates Bike Month during May. P.O. Box 2222, Williamsburg, 23187-2222. For membership, call 220-5464. wabonline.org
Eastern Virginia Mountain Biking Association. Group often rides at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, Freedom Park and York River State Park, among other places. P.O. Box 7553, Hampton, 23666. Kirk Moore and Penny Rich, 566-1121. evma .org
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries maintains a number of public boat ramps. There's no charge to use these ramps. The department also publishes free brochures that show the ramps' locations. You can pick one up at local marinas or request one by calling the department in Richmond at 804-367-1000. www.dgif.virginia .gov
Here are some of the main public ramps:
Gloucester Point. Off Route 1208 in Gloucester Point on the York River
Huntington Park. Near the foot of the James River Bridge in Newport News
Dandy Point. On the Back River in the Fox Hill section of Hampton
Warwick River. At the end of Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News
Messick Point. At the end of Messick Road in Poquoson