Online registration for the 2015 Cap2Cap is now open! Please join us on Saturday, May 9, for a beautiful ride and all-around festive day in support of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. The Cap2Cap is consistently rated one of Richmond’s Best Outdoor Events by Richmond.com.
Everyone was great, the food awesome, band was good. Organizers and volunteers did a wonderful job.
The police support on the roads managing intersections for the 50-mile route was amazing!
Great ride, and I will do it again next year!
About the Ride
Help the VCTF make the Virginia Capital Trail a world-class adventure by joining us for the tenth anniversary of the fabulous Cap2Cap bike event. The ride traverses some of the most stunning scenery Virginia has to offer, as cyclists pedal through 400 years of history between Richmond and Williamsburg, Va. Enjoy well-stocked rest stops, awesome volunteers, delicious lunch, BEER, a vendor expo, and live entertainment—a full day of outdoor fitness and fun!
Distances include Quarter-, Half-, and Full-Century rides, plus a 15-mile fun ride, through picturesque Central Virginia countryside.
Draft schedule; times and locations subject to change
Friday, May 8, 2015
Saturday, May 9, 2015 — Ride Day Schedule
6:30-8:45 am – Check-in/Packet Pickup for 25-, 50-, and 100-Mile Routes
8:45-9:45 am – Check-in/Packet Pickup for 15-Mile Fun Ride (Williamsburg only)
7:30 am – Course Support Begins; SyCom Century Starts
8:30 am – Sands Anderson Half Century Starts
9:00 am – 25-Miler Presented by Busch Gardens Starts
10:00 am – 15-Mile Fun Ride Starts (Williamsburg start only)
11:00 am – Vendor Expo Opens
11:30 am – Lunch and Musical Entertainment Begin
4:00 pm – Vendor Expo Ends, Lunch Ends
4:30 pm – Course Support Ends
- No helmet, no ride.
- Take your cell phone, but do not use it while riding.
- No earphones/headphones allowed.
- Kiddie trailers are permitted; all passengers within must wear a helmet. We encourage riders trailing kids to register for the 15-Mile Fun Ride on the Virginia Capital Trail.
- No ElliptiGo bikes allowed.
- Pack extra hydration and snacks to carry with you on your bike.
- We will have technical support available at the starting points and at multiple points along the course.
- A medical support team will be on duty at Rocketts Landing and at Chickahominy Riverfront Park.
- You are responsible for your own safety.
A word about rider safety:
The Cap2Cap has an excellent safety record. This year is no different; your safety is of utmost importance to us. At the beginning of each ride, you will be led by a police escort on closed roads until the wave has thinned out enough for everyone to ride single file and to the right. For Richmond riders, it’s approximately 1 mile. For the Williamsburg riders, it’s approximately 4 miles. You will see signage letting you know that you are now riding on an open road and to please follow the rules of the road.
We depend on cars and bikes to courteously co-exist for a safe Cap2Cap event. We will have police at select intersections. If you do not see police presence, please proceed through each intersection with caution. We will also have course marshals at other intersections. These volunteers are there to make sure you know the way, not to direct traffic. Please proceed through these intersections with caution as well.
These routes have been thoughtfully designed to maximize safety, but we cannot close hundreds of miles of roads for this event. If you are nervous about riding on an open road, we encourage you to participate in the 15-Mile Fun Ride, which is on the Virginia Capital Trail.
Please be courteous to the motorists of Henrico, Charles City, New Kent, and James City counties by riding single file, to the far right of the road when a car is approaching from behind. There will be over 2,500 cyclists on the roads during the Cap2Cap, and the VCTF appreciates the support of these localities. Any behavior, either on the road or off, negatively affecting the reputation of the ride will not be tolerated. Police will ticket you if you are breaking the law by taking up too much of the road.
We recommend using the maps and cue sheets first for route following. There will be wayfinding signs along the routes, but they can blow away, or be moved or taken. Every year some people end up missing a turn because a sign is missing—don’t let this happen to you! Ultimately, you are responsible for making sure you don’t get lost.
- The Cap2Cap takes place rain or shine.
- Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be deferred to another year.
- If you would like to switch distances, there is no charge to move from the century to a shorter distance (please note we are unable to refund the price difference). If you would like to change to a longer distance with a higher registration fee — for example, from the fun ride to the 25-miler or from the 50-miler to the century — payment is required for the difference in price. Please email us for more details.
Registration fees are non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be deferred to another year. The Cap2Cap takes place rain or shine.
Online registration closes May 6, 2015, at 11:59 pm. Walk-up registration will be available at packet pickup and on ride day at the prices listed above.
If you are interested in mail-in registration to avoid online processing fees, please download and complete this form.
Don’t forget to add a 2015 10th anniversary commemorative jersey ($60 until 12/31/2014; $70 until online registration closes 5/6/2014; $80 on ride day) and other Cap2Cap merchandise to your registration package. Jersey designs are in progress and subject to change. Please note: All merchandise ordered in advance will be delivered at packet pickup, with the exception of raffle tickets (no need to claim a paper ticket, as the drawing will be conducted electronically).
Each pre-registered rider will receive a goodie bag, T-shirt, and post-ride lunch, including one free beer for those who are 21 and over (riders must use the official password to claim their free beer — watch your pre-ride emails for details).
All routes will bring you back to your starting location. Details on parking and ride-day check-in will be clearly communicated via email as we get closer to May 9.
For directions to each starting venue and information on lodging, see the Directions & Lodging tab above.
Questions? Email us: email@example.com.
Is this a race?
No. The Cap2Cap is a ride, and riders are encouraged to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Of course, be safe and observe the rules of the road while doing so.
Can I start whenever I want?
We strongly encourage everyone to start with their designated times. This is when the police escorts will safely take you the first few miles. Riding before your start time might mean rest stops won’t be open, SAG vehicles won’t be available, and course marshals and signage won’t be in place along the routes. Starting after your designated start time means you may be out on the course after course support ends. We cannot be responsible for anyone riding after 4:30 pm.
What happens if I get a flat tire? Or get tired and need to stop? Or crash and get hurt?
For any issue requiring urgent medical care, please call 911. For anyone unable to finish the ride due to equipment problems or fatigue, we will have a phone number for SAG support. If you know how to change your own flat tire, you will be back on your way much more quickly.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
How do you get back to where you started after your ride?
Each route is a loop. If you start in Richmond, you will end in Richmond. If you start in Williamsburg, you will end in Williamsburg. If you end up at the wrong end after your ride, you will have to find your own way back.
What happens if I finish after lunch or course support is over?
We strongly recommend you choose a distance you can complete in order to appreciate the entire Cap2Cap experience, which includes a delicious lunch and a post-ride party. We make every effort to keep leftovers available in boxes, or under the tent or pavilion until ride support ends at 4:30 pm. If you are still riding after that, you may not be able to call for our SAG vehicle if you need it. It requires hundreds of volunteers to deliver a first-class event during the published hours. Keeping the course open longer than we have volunteer staff available is not feasible or safe.
What do I do with my bicycle while I’m eating lunch?
Richmond 2015 will be providing complimentary bike valet service in Richmond. Check your ride at the valet and enjoy the post-ride festivities. Bikes will be monitored at all times, so you can rest assured that your bike will be waiting for you when you are ready to leave.
Can I pick up a packet for another rider at packet pickup?
Yes. Unless you’re picking up for a minor, we ask that you bring a photocopy or photo (on a phone is fine) of the absent rider’s photo ID. You should bring your own photo ID as well.