Professional Cycling Draws Crowd to Downtown Roanoke


Professional cycling is back!

The inaugural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Downtown Twilight Criterium drew spectators and professional cyclists from all over the country to Roanoke for an action-packed evening.

The race, which featured a $15,000 purse, drew 88 professional riders from as far away as California and Vermont and featured a few Roanoke Region pros as well, among three classes of riders (men, women, and masters).

The course was fast, thanks to a few rain showers, and the crowd was loud, cheering on racers and ringing cow bells. The event coincided with Bike Month and downtown was packed with spectators that came out for the races, live music, and events such as an Adult Big Wheel Criterium and Roanoke Valley Beer Mile.

You can view official race results here and keep up with the crit at

Blue 5 Named Best Beer Bar in Virginia

Want to grab a beer?

You can find a great selection at the best beer bar in Virginia without having to leave home. Blue 5 in Downtown Roanoke was named Best Beer Bar in Virginia in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition by The voting period was from August to December 2015.

“ readers know craft beer and 9,000 of them took the time to cast their vote rewarding their favorite beer bar in each state,” said Julia Herz, publisher of “Cheers to each of the winners and the ever-increasing diversity of our local beer movement here in the U.S.”

Blue 5 opened in 2007 and has an ever-rotating supply of brews made locally and from all over the country, with up to 46 option on tap and more than 70 different bottles and can choices.

Here’s Blue 5’s profile from the ranking: “We take pride in getting patrons to step outside of their comfort zone and try new beer. Our staff is trained to identify and suggest new options based on a customer’s description of what they like. With four to eight new beers appearing weekly, our crowds always like to try what’s new.

“Besides our amazing staff and beer list, we’re extremely proud of our unique building. It’s a newly renovated, 100-year-old, five-story, former furniture store. Original hardwood floors and tin ceilings give it a historic feel while new and old electric and acoustic guitars adorn the walls and bar. It’s just a cool space to hang out and drink beer in.”

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What Are the 20 Best Things To Do in Roanoke?

What are the 20 best things to do in Roanoke?

Vacation Idea Dream Vacation Magazine has a weekend itinerary for you.

Here’s what they had to say: “Plan a weekend trip to Roanoke, a charming city surrounded by Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit the Taubman Museum of Art, explore the City Market, go on a food tour and spend a morning in Mill Mountain Park where you will find the Mill Mountain Zoo, a beautiful garden and many romantic spots for a picnic. If you are traveling with kids, don’t miss the Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium.”

Taubman Museum of Art

And here’s the list (in no particular order).

If you haven’t taken advantage of these local treasures, learn more from the tourist perspective and adventure out this weekend!