Riverside Outfitters to begin peddling bike tours

Max Pendergraph joins Riverside Outfitters to lead its upcoming bike tour program. (Courtesy Riverside Outfitters)

With rafting, camping, climbing and other activities under its belt, a Richmond outdoor adventures company is about to add bicycle tours to its lineup.

Riverside Outfitters has brought on Richmond native Max Pendergraph of Virginia Bike Roots to offer bike tours and other related services through the upcoming Riverside Cycling program, which begins on March 28. Riverside Cycling will offer guided mountain and road bike tours. Half- and full-day tours will be available at places such as downtown Richmond, the Virginia Capital Trail and Pocahontas State Park, said Matt Perry, Riverside Outfitters co-owner.

Pendergraph has experience as a bike tour guide and bike mechanic. Riverside Cycling also will offer expanded mountain and road bike rentals as well as refurbished bike sales and a full-service bike repair shop.

The RVA Bike Tour will cost $65 ($55 on weekdays) per person, the Virginia Capital Trail Bike Tour will cost $95 ($85 on weekdays) and the mountain bike tour at Pocahontas State Park will cost $69 ($59 on weekdays), according to Riverside Outfitters’ website. The program also will offer custom bike tours. Participants can either bring their own bikes or use the company’s bikes.

Riverside Outfitters, which is located at 6836 Old Westham Road in the Stratford Hills area, offers guided kayak, raft and paddleboard trips on the James River. It also offers equipment rentals and youth camps.

The company was founded in 2005. Last year it bought Goat Island in the James River for $11,000. The island is being used as an outdoor classroom for youth camps, and the company is acquiring a couple goats to put on the island to address invasive species there, Perry said.

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