Riders were greeted with blue skies on the morning of Saturday, Oct. 21 when they set out to highlight the local bicycle network on Supervisor Dan Storck’s eighth annual bicycle Tour de Mount Vernon.
This year, officials temporarily closed a portion of the George Washington Memorial Parkway for the ride and riders got views of the Potomac River as they pedaled north. The bicyclists traveled on a combination of paved roads and trails that had some challenging sections. Ride monitors and Fairfax County Police were out along the route to help with directions and keep everyone safe.
The long route was 40 miles while the shorter route was 24 miles. Highlights included River Farm, Gum Springs, Fort Belvoir, the National Museum of the US Army, Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House, Fort Hunt Park, Hollin Hills and Dyke Marsh.
This year, George Washington Memorial Parkway superintendent Charles Cuvelier was there for the ride.