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Tour de Chesapeake in Virginia's River Country

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    Bike to Work Day is Friday, but you can cycle all weekend long on the Tour de Chesapeake, an all-day family bike ride near Virginia's middle peninsula, about a three-hour drive south of D.C.

    The flat route snakes through Virginia's river county, with free on-site camping available for those who want to make a weekend of it, along with hot breakfasts, boxed lunches, and a Saturday night seafood party at the wharf. 

    As for weekend events, the town of Mathews has a few options, including a farmers market Saturday, live music Friday at the White Dog Inn and extra-late hours for main street businesses, just for the Tour de Chespeake crowd.

    The ride is $30 per adult and $20 per child, and includes rest stops, hot showers, dessert (after you've sweated your spandex off) and plenty of a la carte options available. There's the Tour de Cheesecake dessert reception, a Saturday night seafood fest, an Art deTour and more.
    On-site registration is available Friday, May 18, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 19, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Thomas Hunter Middle School (387 Church St., Mathews, Va.).
    The starting point for all routes is Thomas Hunter Middle School (387 Church Street, Mathews, Va.).
    Choose from among four routes (19-24 miles each), or combine three for a metric century. Those cycling with little ones can opt for the Family Fun Ride (four miles). See all routes here.