The Star City turned into Bike City on Friday.
Nearly 2,000 cyclists converged on Roanoke for Bike Virginia, a five-day bicycle tour that starts today.
Roanoke and Lexington are sharing host duties for this year’s tour on rural routes in Roanoke, Botetourt, Franklin and Rockbridge counties.
The Stubbs family of Greensboro, N.C., rolled into town late Friday afternoon in their Ford Expedition, which carried four bikes on a roof rack and was adorned with a license plate reading, appropriately, “LIKNBIKN.”
David and Debbie Stubbs said this is their 11th visit to Bike Virginia. Or maybe it’s their 12th. They couldn’t remember for sure. Their two daughters had better memories.
“Last year was my first,” said 13-year-old Rebecca.
“This is my first,” added Lauren, 16.
David Stubbs said Bike Virginia is a lot of fun.