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Record numbers ride in 2014

Jay Leaman instructs riders at the start of their ride.

Jay Leaman (right) instructs riders on the route and safety measures at the start of their ride.

One hundred twenty-eight riders came out on a beautiful September day and pedaled the Shenandoah Valley to enjoy the beginning of fall in the rolling terrain, and to support the work of seven area non-profit agencies. Choosing one of five rides between 5 miles and 100 miles, the riders enjoyed camaraderie and welcome refreshments together at Eastern Mennonite School as they finished.

This 17th annual ride has been growing since 1997 and provides an important source of revenue to the benefiting agencies. Riders are encouraged to build a support network of friends who give a suggested per-mile donation. (This year’s totals are still being calculated.)

Riders register for Bike Shenandoah

Riders register for Bike Shenandoah.


Bicycle tune-ups were provided by Rocktown Bicycles.


Riders begin!


The 15-mile riders compare notes on how each coped with the Greenmount Road hill at the provided riders’ lunch.


Riders eat and relax after the ride.


Servers helped prepare and serve the riders’ lunch.

We’re excited for the 2014 ride one month away!

17th annual Bike Shenandoah


Start biking now with a friend or family member, and come to challenge yourself or just have a good time for 5, 15, 30, 62, or 100 miles on two wheels in the Shenandoah Valley. You’ll be in good company on rides designed for both the seasoned cyclist and first-time rider of any age.

When you do, you’ll raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee, Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Bridge of Hope, Roberta Webb Child Care Center, NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center, and Our Community Place.
Bike Shenandoah benefits from Fair Trade Sale Day!
Online registration is via

(If you are having trouble registering online, please contact Sarah Showalter at or (540) 434-9727.)

We look forward to your participation and support for mission endeavors.

– The Bike Shenandoah Coordinating Committee

Despite threatening rain, nearly 100 ride in Bike Shenandoah

The Bike Shenandoah start and finish at Eastern Mennonite School.

Special thanks to all who made our 16th annual Bike Shenandoah event on September 21 a success!

In spite of clouds and threatening rain nearly 100 riders successfully completed the century, metric century, 30 mile, 15 mile and 5 mile rides through the lovely Shenandoah Valley’s natural beauty.

Regretfully, the rain did arrive at the end of the day. The final two came in drenched but with smiles on their faces, happy to have ridden their first 100 mile ride.

Due to riders’ increased efforts to recruit sponsors and the generosity of business sponsors, the ride generated approximately $4,000 in additional income from last year for a total of over $20,000.

Thank you to all who have supported and participated in the Bike Shenandoah ride for service that each year benefits Mennonite Central Committee, Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, and this year, Bridge of Hope, a local agency that assists homeless mothers and their children acquire stability and security.

Five great rides supporting four great organizations!

Bike Shenandoah is a one-day ride that takes advantage of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley at one of the most beautiful times of the year.

Flanked by the Appalachians and the Blue Ridge mountains, the Shenandoah Valley is ablaze with color during the height of fall. This event offers a relaxed ride atmosphere for cyclists of all ages and abilities to appreciate the area’s natural beauty, while enjoying the company of other riders and supporting global and local service, relief and development.

Choose between five rides for all ages and abilities: century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles/100km), 30 mile, 15 mile, and 5 mile ride.


Blue Ridge mountain scene


Bike Shenandoah thanks our generous business sponsors


Bike Shenandoah sees a 55% increase in riders in 2012

Eric Trinka (center) gets Bike Shenandoah riders ready for the five-mile family ride. There were five rides: 100 miles, 62, 30, 15, and 5 miles. Photo by Mary Eicholtz / Your Thousand Words Photography

One hundred and seven riders, a 55% increase from last year, enjoyed a trek through the Shenandoah Valley on a beautiful fall day as they “cycled for service” in Bike Shenandoah, now in its 15th year.

Bikers choose between a challenging 100-mile journey and an easy five mile jaunt, or something in between, as they traversed Harrisonburg’s back roads on September 22. Participants paid $5,330 in fees while raising about $6,466 from individual sponsorships with an additional $5,936 coming from corporate sponsors, totaling approximately $17,732.

Donations benefit four agencies: Virginia Mennonite Missions, Mennonite Central Committee, MennoMedia and the Northend Greenway.

A bicycle technician, six HAM radio operators, three support vehicle personnel, rest area hosts and the coordinating committee provided assistance throughout the day to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants.

The fun and camaraderie were palpable as individual riders, couples and families gathered at the start or returned after their ride to enjoy a hot burrito meal provided by Heather Cribb and her team. Many commented on the excellent snacks available at the three rest areas: Mole Hill Bikes, Lindale and Mt. Clinton Mennonite churches. Others noted Jay Leaman’s untiring efforts to improve the routes.

Bike Shen is an event you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars for next year’s ride on Saturday, September 21.

This article originally appeared in Virginia Mennonite Conference’s Connections magazine, and was written by Steve Carpenter.