If you are either new to cycling, new to the Williamsburg area or just looking for a way to get more actively engaged in cycling, this page is for you!

The Williamsburg Area Bicyclists sponsors club rides where members and visitors come together and ride a designated “route” in the Williamsburg area.  These rides are classified by difficulty (both pace and distance).  Ride leaders provide the routes in the form of “cue sheets” and strive to facilitate safe and enjoyable experiences for all participants.

Following is a list of upcoming events you may find of interest.  If there is a ride you would like to see listed, email ridecoordinator@wabonline.org

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Ride With GPS (RWG) is a website where you can create your own bicycle routes. The "starter" membership on RWG is free, and most of what you need is included with the starter membership.  One feature that requires the paid "basic" membership is PDF Cue Sheets.  However with the Cue Sheet Generator you can create more powerful Cue Sheets than you can with the paid RWG membership!  

Once created and saved (with public access in the "who can see it" field), then you can create a great looking cue sheet by entering the route number into the Cue Sheet Generator screen. The route number can be easily found by looking at the URL when you have the ride open for view or edit.  For example, the URL will look like this: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11026529  

There is extensive help on the Ride With GPS website and you are encouraged to refer to that for "how to" information for creating a route.  However, below are a few tips that will allow you to take full advantage of the features built into this custom Cue Sheet Generator.

Table of Contents:

  1. Custom Cues Overview
  2. Stop Signs, Traffic Lights and Crossings
  3. Special Cue for Ferry
  4. Danger, food, Water, Generic, First Aid, Valley or Sprint
  5. Climb Starts and Ends
  6. Points of Interest
  7. Printing Parameters/Options
  8. Designating Trails and Gravel Segments on the Map

Custom Cues Overview

Firstly, you should get comfortable with creating custom cues in RWG.  Whenever you map out a route, the RWG website automatically creates cue sheet entries for all turns.  You can see these cue sheet entries on the left side of the screen when in Edit mode.

Click on the cue sheet entry to update and customize.  You can click on either the entry on the left or the cue sheet entry icon on the map to bring it up to edit.


These cue sheet entries consist of the following data elements: 

  • Type: This is a "drop down" field so you are limited to the following choices:
    • Left
    • Right
    • Straight
    • Generic
    • Summit
    • Valley
    • Water
    • Food
    • Danger
    • First Aid
    • 4th Category
    • 3rd Category
    • 2nd Category
    • 1st Category
    • Hors Category
    • Sprint
  • Notes:  Normally includes the turn direction (such as "turn right on") plus the Road Number and/or Road/Street Name.  By default RWG inserts the Road Number, but often omits the Road/Street Name, so a good practice is to update this field to include the Road Name.  For example instead of the default "Turn right onto VA-618", you might want to change it to "Turn right onto Adkins Rd/VA-618
  • Description:  Initially blank but you can enter additional data in this field.  This Description Field is used by the Cue Sheet Generator to insert custom graphics or abbreviations in the Cue Sheet as explained below.


In addition, you can insert a cue sheet entry anywhere along the route by selecting "Add to Cue Sheet" on the right hand side of the screen while in "Edit" mode, and then clicking on the route at the point to add the entry.  Alternatively you can click along the elevation map on the bottom of the screen to add the cue sheet entry.  This is especially useful when marking climb starts and summits.  This is shown on the screen shot above. 

Following are the special cue sheet features of this generator and how to take advantage of them: 

 Stop Signs, Traffic Lights and Crossings.  

To show that there is a Stop Sign (SS), Traffic Light (TL), Tee (T) or Crossing (X) at an intersection, simply enter SS, TL, T or X in the description field for any cue sheet entry.   This will automatically insert (SS), (TL), (T) or (X) in the Go column.


Special Cue for Ferry.

 To show the graphic icon for the Ferry, enter "Ferry" in the description field for a cue sheet entry of Type "Generic".  NOTE: furthermore, if you enter "Pause" in any Cue Sheet entry in the Description field, the accumulated distance will be frozen until a Cue Sheet entry with the word "Resume" in the description field.  This was specifically designed to use on Ferry crossings.  So at the point in the route where the ride embarks on the ferry, enter "Ferry Pause" in the description field.  Then at the point in the route where the ride disembarks, enter "Resume" in the description field.  This will result in the distance traveled on the ferry NOT being included.

Danger, Food, Water, Generic, First Aid, Valley or Sprint.  

To show the graphic icons associated with these items, select the associated Type on the cue sheet entry as shown below.  NOTE: If the Type is Generic and the Description contains "Ferry" then the associated icon will be shown as described above.  If the Description field is blank or contains other text, then the "Info" icon as shown below will be displayed.

Climb Starts and Ends.

 To show the climb start graphic icon, select Type of either "1st Category", "2nd Category", "3rd Category", "4th Category" or "Hors Category".  It doesn't matter which category climb you select, they are all treated equally to mark the beginning of a climb.  To show the climb end icon, select "Summit" in the Type field.  NOTE:  This cue sheet generator will AUTOMATICALLY calculate the total climb, average grade %, max grade % and ground distance traveled at that max grade.  This information will be inserted in the cue sheet "Notes" column on the entry corresponding to the climb end (summit).


Points of Interest

Ride With GPS provides a way to add points of interest (POIs) to your routes. A cue sheet entry related to the POI can be inserted by including the word "cue" in the beginning of the description as shown below.


These POIs are not necessarily right along the route so it may or may not be something appropriate to include on a Cue Sheet.    Therefore cue sheet entries are only included on the Cue Sheet if TWO conditions are met:  1) The word "cue" is at the beginning of the description and 2) the POI is within 0.1 mile from your actual route.


The following parameters can be selected when generating a Cue Sheet:

  • Font Family
    • Times-Roman (Regular, Bold, Italic or Bold-Italic)
    • Helvetica (Regular, Bold, Oblique)
    • Courier (Regular, Bold, Oblique and Bold-Oblique)
  • Font Size (6 through 14)
  • Page Layout
    • 2 Blocks X 2 Columns - will produce a Cue Sheet that is meant to be folded four-ways for convenient use on a bicycle.  Best to use a Landscape Page Orientation with this Layout.
    • 2 Columns - will produce a Cue Sheet with two vertical columns that could be folded two-ways.  Best to use Portrait Page Orientation with this Layout.
    • 1 Column - will produce a Cue Sheet with one column taking the entire width of the page.  Not convenient for taking on a bicycle.
  • Style
    • Verbose - will copy the Notes information from Ride With GPS into the Cue Sheet without alteration.
    • Condensed - will abbreviate and remove duplicate information in the Notes Information.  For example "Turn Right on" will be eliminated because the "R" indicator would already be in the first column, making that redundant.  Also, common terminology will be abbreviated such as SS will be substituted for Stop Sign.
  • Paper Size
    • Letter - common 8 1/2" by 11"
    • A4 - not commonly used on the US
    • Legal - 8 1/2" by 14"
  • Page Orientation
    • Landscape
    • Portrait
  • Units
    • Imperial - information will be displayed in miles and feet.
    • Metric - information will be displayed in KM and meters.
  • Page Heading
    • If included, this will print on the top of the Cue Sheet.  The intent is to include information that may be only relevant for this printing of the Cue Sheet, such as the name and phone number of the ride leader.
  • Include Description
    • If checked, the description entered into Ride With GPS when the route is saved will be printed on the top of the Cue Sheet.  Since this takes up space on the Cue Sheet, you may want to omit it.
  • Include Route Number
    • If checked, the Ride With GPS Route number will be included in the heading of the Cue Sheet. 

 Designating Trails and Gravel Segments on the Map

The route on the map is normally designated in Red.  But you can further designate sections on the route that are on a trail or on a non-paved (gravel) roadway.  Trails will be shown in Green and non-Paved/Gravel segments in Blue.  See below example:

Just add the following to the description field of any custom cue: (the second letter stands for "embark" or "disembark")

{TE} - Trail beginning 

{TD} - Trail ending

{GE} - Gravel beginning

{GD} - Gravel ending


 If you have any questions about the Cue Sheet Generator, please contact webmaster@wabonline.org


The Williamsburg Area Bicyclists first published a "route book" titled "Williamsburg Area Bike Rides" in 2005.  It was subsequently updated in 2009.  We are now in the process of updating it again.  This is considered a fairly major revision since we are re-visiting each route to determine "keep/change/delete" and for those we are not removing, we re-creating the routes on Ride With GPS.  As these routes are revised, they are being uploaded to the Cue Sheet library, in the "WAB Route Book" category. 

In order to get member input on the new revised Cue Sheets, as well as to offer our members some additional riding opportunities, a series of Ride the Route Book rides will be organized over the next several months.   Note, these will normally be very casual rides since we want to focus on checking the Cue Sheets and Maps.  In fact, if you see any good photo opportunities, it would be helpful to take pictures as well, since we will also be updating the photos in the Route Book.  


Intent of these guidelines: 

  1. Clarify the purpose of the Message Board so members know what is and isn’t appropriate to post
  2. Minimize unwanted or unnecessary e-Mails to members
  3. Discourage any postings that members may find offensive, off-topic or irrelevant

Purpose of Message Board:

The timely communication of information to WAB membership related to the following topics:

  1. WAB sponsored events (Regular or Special rides, Meetings, etc.)
  2. Changes to such events as a result of weather or other conditions
  3. Bicycle advocacy related topics if judged to be of general interest to the membership
  4. Requests for volunteers for upcoming bicycling events
  5. Other bicycling related topics as judged to be of general interest to the WAB membership

Good posting practices:

  1. Be concise and clear.  Make sure to include Start location, date, time, expected distance, expected pace if posting information about an upcoming ride
  2. Include links to more information where helpful, such as cue sheets or external website addresses.
  3. Provide your phone number and/or e-Mail address to enable members to contact you if needed.

Replying to a post:

If you have a reply which is of general interest to the membership, login to the website, go to the specific Message Board post and click on "Reply Topic".  Note that a replyi sent in this manner will be seen by all members.  If you have a personal reply or a reply that would not be of general interest, then send an eMail to the poster.  In many cases, the poster may have included their eMail address in the post.  If not, then you can send a personal eMail to any member by logging into the website, locate the member under the Member Directory (in the Members Only menu), click on the member name and then click on "Send Email".

In any case, do not reply to the eMail notification of the message board post, since that is only meant to be a read-only notification. 

Practices to be avoided:

  1. Posting on topics not listed above (Purpose of Message Board).  Examples:
    • Advancing a personal agenda
    •  Non-bicycling related topics
    • Announcing local non-WAB rides such as bike shop rides
    • Marketing or product solicitation
    • Topics related to religion or politics
    • Jokes
  2. Posting a specific question or comment as a reply to a post that is not of general interest. (Exp: “Thanks – see you there”).
  3. Topics that solicit or prompt a discussion. The Message Board is intended to communicate information, not to be a discussion board.
  4. Posts containing profanity or sexual content or are otherwise offensive. Such posts will be removed and offending members subject to loss of website privileges.

Bicycle Rides are the heart of what we do!  

Without bicycle rides, we would have no club and without members willing to lead rides, we would have no rides!  We are proud of our leaders and grateful for those that step forward and volunteer.   We have regularly scheduled rides on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays year round (weather permitting) and that is awesome.   We also have other "special" rides offered throughout the year as well.   But there are plenty of "open slots" for more rides and we are striving to make the process to lead a ride as easy as 1 - 2  - 3!


 1 - Plan Your Ride

The obvious first step is to plan your ride.  This involves:

  1. Select a date.  Look at our ride calendar and find a day when your ride would not conflict with another ride in the same classification already on the schedule.  Most Saturdays and Sundays are open at this time.  If you schedule the ride far enough in advance, it will be included in the Flying Wheel newsletter.  To get in the newsletter, your ride will need to be scheduled by the 15th of the prior month.
  2. Decide on a pace and distance.  The pace and distance will probably be the pace you are most comfortable with - after all - you are the leader!   
  3. Develop or pick a route.  We are starting to establish a library of Cue Sheets and over time we hope this will become a valuable resource for our leaders and members.  You can pick a route from the library, develop your own route or use a route you've done before.  
  4. Get acquainted with our Ride Leader Guidelines.  Most of these are common sense, but if you haven't yet led a ride, you should familiarize yourself with these guidelines.
  5. Review the Accident Report Forms and related instructions.
  6. Print off one or two copies of the Ride Sign-in Sheet.  Make sure you bring this along to the ride for members to sign-in.  This is important for insurance purposes.

 2 - Propose Your Ride

We have developed a simple web page for you to enter the relevant information related to your ride.  On this page you will enter the following:

  1. Name of the ride
  2. Ride Date
  3. Ride Time
  4. Start Location
  5. Leader's Name
  6. Description of the Ride

In addition, on this screen you can either select a Cue Sheet from the library or provide a link to a Cue Sheet on an external website.  The inclusion of the Cue Sheet is helpful but not required.

After you click on the Submit button, your proposal will be forwarded to the WAB Ride Coordinator who will review your proposal.  As soon as the Ride Coordinator approves your ride, it will be added to the club calendar.  You will be notified via e-Mail when approved.

 3 - Post Your Ride

As mentioned above, your ride will be added to the Ride Calendar when approved.  However, in order to further communicate and promote your ride, we recommend you post your ride to the Message Board.  Most members receive a daily digest of message board posts via e-Mail so this is the best way to "get the word out".   The Message Board is also the best way to communicate any changes, such as weather related cancellations.


That's all there is to it!  If you have any questions please contact the club ride coordinator at ridecoordinator@wabonline.org.

Leading a ride not only helps the club but can be a very rewarding experience for you as the leader as well.  Our members truly appreciate you!

Thanks for leading!



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