Charlottesville Challenge

Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Charlottesville Challenge

Charlottesville Challenge Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Charlottesville Challenge Reviews

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This ride goes through rural Virginia and UVA with some varied landscapes as you ride through it. There's a lot of lovely scenery and some historical sites. You don't need to be an experienced cyclist to do this one but there's a few hills that aren't too bad as long as you're in good shape.
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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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round; best spring and fall
500 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,000 feet
Top Elevation
Charlottesville / Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau
Local Contacts
DeLorme Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Jul 2018