Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Jones to Be Official Starter for Cap2Cap Bike Event


The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) and the City of Richmond announced today that Mayor Dwight C. Jones will be this year’s official starter for the Cap2Cap bike event scheduled for Saturday, May 10. “We’re excited and honored to have Mayor Jones joining us again this year”, said Beth Weisbrod, executive director for the VCTF, the producers of the Cap2Cap event. “He’s been a steadfast supporter of the Virginia Capital Trail project, making it a major component of his overall plan to move Richmond towards becoming a more cycling friendly city.”

This year’s event is on track to host over 2,300 riders, each pedaling 25, 50 or 100 miles through eastern Henrico, Charles City and James City Counties. With different routes and extra feed zones, participants will experience new and historic sites between Richmond and Williamsburg. After finishing, they will enjoy Buz & Ned’s Real Barbecue and live music along the riverfront at Rocketts Landing. Hardywood Park’s special Capital Trail Pale Ale will also be available. Pre-registration for the May 10 event closes at midnight on May 7. Riders may also register on ride day.

“As a designated Bicycle Friendly Community, the City of Richmond is a proud supporter of the Virginia Capital Trail and the Cap2Cap Bike Event,” said Mayor Jones. “I’m pleased to be a part of this great event and excited to see so many people ride in support of the Virginia Capital Trail, a major amenity that, when complete next summer, will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors every year to downtown Richmond. With the Cap2Cap event, the 2014 Collegiate Road Nationals this weekend and the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, cycling is becoming an integral part of the transportation system in Richmond.”

About the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, and is the principal advocate for the completion and enhancement of the Virginia Capital Trail, a 53-mile dedicated multi-use trail connecting Richmond and Williamsburg along the historic and beautiful Route 5 corridor. To develop the Trail as a world-class attraction, the Foundation raises money to promote it within the region, the state, and the nation through partnerships and larger trail affiliations. The VCTF is also charged with enhancing the Trail by installing signs, trailheads, benches, and other amenities to make the trail experience safe, educational, and—most importantly—unforgettable. www.virginiacapitaltrail.org