Charlottesville Challenge

Charlottesville, Virginia

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The Charlottesville Challenge is a scenic, moderately hilly ride through the Albemarle County countryside known locally as “Mr. Jefferson’s Country.” Based in Charlottesville, the challenge follows the National Bike Route 76 as it rolls west toward the Blue Ridge, offering fantastic vistas at the crest of each hill. Reaching but not climbing the Blue Ridge, the challenge takes a turn and explores the pastoral paradise south of Charlottesville. Several hundred years ago, this desirable region attracted the likes of Jefferson and Monroe. Today, it still draws the rich and famous, as a number of entertainers and authors now live here. The challenge then sneaks you in the back door to Charlottesville, directly through Thomas Jefferson’s “academic village,” the University of Virginia. Terrain: Moderately hilly. Designed for the stronger cyclist.
Road Biking Virginia

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Road Biking Virginia

by Jim Homerosky (Falcon Guides)

The Charlottesville Challenge is a scenic, moderately hilly ride through the Albemarle County countryside known locally as “Mr. Jefferson’s Country.” Based in Charlottesville, the challenge follows the National Bike Route 76 as it rolls west toward the Blue Ridge, offering fantastic vistas at the crest of each hill. Reaching but not climbing the Blue Ridge, the challenge takes a turn and explores the pastoral paradise south of Charlottesville.

Several hundred years ago, this desirable region attracted the likes of Jefferson and Monroe. Today, it still draws the rich and famous, as a number of entertainers and authors now live here. The challenge then sneaks you in the back door to Charlottesville, directly through Thomas Jefferson’s “academic village,” the University of Virginia. Terrain: Moderately hilly. Designed for the stronger cyclist.

©  Jim Homerosky/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Charlottesville
Distance: 45
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round; best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,000 feet
Local Contacts: Charlottesville / Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Local Maps: DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Charlottesville Challenge

Recent Trail Reviews

6/30/2012
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Well to start with I'm somewhat out of shape, my bike is not 100% road bike (knobby tires), it felt like 110 and no one had power since it was the day after bad storms. So it was very difficult for me but the scenery was amazing. I highly recommend this route, traffic is not terrible and a few long steep climbs but should be manageable by most.



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