This year’s Tour will take us on a ride through Civil and Revolutionary War history as we explore Virginia’s Piedmont and Coastal Plain. Starting near Virginia’s capital, Richmond, we’ll make our way through mellow forests and rolling farmland down to historic Charles City County and our final destination, Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the Americas.
General information about the Tour DaVita experience can be found in the Ride FAQ section. Campsite locations are listed on the Route page. More specific details about the route, itineraries and campsites will be covered our 2018 Travel Planner, coming later this summer.
You should arrive into the Richmond International Airport (RIC) between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. We will offer shuttles from the airport to the first campground. See Shuttles To and From the Airport below for details.
Your return flight should also be out of Richmond. We will provide shuttles from the last campground to RIC that will leave camp between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26. PLEASE NOTE: The first shuttle should arrive at the airport at approximately 6:30 a.m., so we do not advise booking a flight home that departs before 8 a.m.
Shuttles To and From the Airport
On Saturday, Sept. 22, shuttles will run from RIC to the first campground between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. If you absolutely cannot arrive into RIC before 9 p.m., please email email@example.com for help arranging your travel to the first campground.
You should allow 45 minutes from the time your flight lands to the time you will board a shuttle. This will give you enough time to collect your luggage and sign in with a Red Shirt in the baggage claim area.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, shuttles from the last campground to RIC will depart from the campground between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. The first shuttle should arrive at the airport at approximately 6:30 a.m., so we do not advise booking a flight home that departs before 8 a.m.
Once you have reserved your flights, please be sure to update your rider registration so we can secure a seat for you on one of the shuttles.
Early Arrival Information
If you choose to arrive at RIC the day prior to the start of the Tour (Friday, Sept. 21) to avoid arriving late on Saturday, you are responsible for your own lodging on Friday night. There are several hotels near the airport.
Who Can Ride in Tour DaVita?
- Any DaVita Kidney Care teammate and their immediate family members, which includes spouse/partner, adult children 21 and over, siblings and parents. All DaVita teammates are required to use PTO.
- Nephrologists who are credentialed in DaVita facilities
- Village Service Partners (VSPs) who are sponsoring the event
- Kidney Care patients
All riders must be 21 or over. All riders, except patients, must raise 50% of their required funds by June 30 and 100% of funds by July 30. Failure to meet deadlines will result in automatic removal from the Tour DaVita roster. Sorry, no exceptions.
For sponsorship opportunities, please visit our sponsorship page.
What to Pack
Bicycling Clothes & Gear
- Bicycling shoes or stiff-soled sneakers
- Bicycling shorts
- Short-fingered bicycling gloves
- Brightly colored cycling jerseys or synthetic T-shirts
- Lightweight jacket or vest
- Non-cotton base layers of varying weights (tops & bottoms); choose a fabric such as polypropylene, Capilene or Coolmax
- Synthetic bicycling socks
For Wet/Cold Weather
(or Cool Mornings)
- Midweight short-sleeved, synthetic shirt
- Undershirt (base layer)
- Mid-weight synthetic socks
- Arm and knee/leg warmers
- Headband that covers ears (wear under helmet)
- Breathable windproof and waterproof rain gear (jacket & pants)
- Fleece jacket/vest or warm sweater
- Walking/hiking shorts
- Hat with brim
- Underwear and socks
- Shower shoes
- Comfortable shoes to wear around the campsites
- Dinner clothes
- Towel and hand towel
- Wallet (credit cards, traveler’s checks, ID)
- Airline tickets
- Medications and copies of prescriptions
- Daypack and/or waist pack
- Sunscreen and lip ointment
- Travel alarm clock
- Small travel pillow that will fit in your suitcase
Shipping your bike
This means you are NOT bringing your bike with you on a plane or in a car, but shipping it to and from the Tour.
More detailed information on bike shipping will be posted closer to the ride date.
If you’ll be riding your own bike on the Tour, a stress-free option is to ship your bike in advance to our partner bike shop in Richmond, Virginia. Balance Bicycle Shop can receive and assemble your bike before the Tour, and disassemble, box and ship it home at the end. Total cost for both services is $100.
Before shipping your bike, call the shop directly (804-918-1175) and let them know you’re a Tour DaVita rider; their staff will arrange receipt of your shipment and ask you to pay for their services by credit card over the phone.
NOTE: You must provide a pre‐paid shipping label if you are having your bike shipped after the ride. You can obtain a pre‐paid shipping label by going to your local UPS, or you can look into shipping it via BikeFlights (bikeflights.com). The bike shop does not assume any liability for the shipment of bikes; it’s recommended to review the damage liability policies of your chosen shipping provider.
IMPORTANT: Your bike must arrive at Balance Bicycle Shop no later than Friday, September 14th, so that it can be assembled and ready for Backroads to collect in time for the Tour. The earlier they receive it, the better! Please be sure to clearly mark the outside of the box with your name and “Tour DaVita.” You are responsible for contacting Balance Bicycle Shop to confirm that they have received your bike in the time frame described.
904 W Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220
After the Tour, you can expect your bike to be shipped back from Balance Bicycle Shop on October 1st or 2nd, arriving a few days later. Please indicate in your online rider registration (TourDaVita.org) if you are bringing your own bike and if you will be shipping it to Balance Bicycle Shop. For instructions on boxing your bike for shipping, see the following information. If you have any questions about shipping your bike, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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