About Us

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VeloSante is a cycling services company that produces safe, custom cycling events and tours for retailers, teams, clubs, organizations and groups of cycling enthusiasts.

Premier cycling destinations include the Natchez Trace Parkway, Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Florida's Hill Country and the northern tier of the United States.

Part of the year is focused on producing the Big Ride Across America, a 3300 mile, 48 day bicycle event.  A percentage of the proceeds is donated to a charitable organization.

VeloSante is a small company focused on personalized service.  Clients deal directly with the owners, Charlton DuRant and Lynn Petrotte.

Charlton DuRant

Cycling took a strong hold on Charlton in his youth as he spent six years, including high school, in Europe riding, racing and commuting. A few highlights of his cycling experiences include: Bicycle messenger in New York City, manager of two bike shops and part owner of a third, organizer for the Tour DuPont and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Torch Relay, coach, promoter of United States Cycling Federation training camps and races. Charlton directs the Big Ride Across America. 

Lynn Petrotte 

Lynn has enjoyed the freedom of bicycling since she was a child.  In 2000, she achieved her goal of riding every mile of the Big Ride Across America.  Lynn has developed into an enthusiastic fitness/commuter/mountain bike rider. She is fluent in Spanish and has a master's in bilingual administration.  When not cycling, Lynn occasionally works as a watersports guide and instructor, studies yoga, plays in the outdoors and explores new places.  She also dabbles in wholesome cuisine and is a gracious host. Lynn handles administration for VeloSante and is assistant director of the Big Ride Across America.

 

 

Trips and Services

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VeloSante offers custom cycling trips and cycling support services for events and enthusiasts.  

 

We offer

  • Route Planning
  • Logistical Support
  • Ride leadership
  • Camping Concierge Service
  • Cervelo Bicycle Rentals  
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Bicycle Shipping 
  • SAG support

 

Custom Trip Opportunities include

Natchez Trace Parkway - March, April, October, November

Blue Ridge Parkway - May & September

Skyline Drive Parkway - May & September

Florida's Hill Country - November - April

United States, Northern Tier - June - August

 

  • VeloSante's exclusive bicycle valet service is available for cyclists traveling by air. Bicycle door to door pick up and transport to ride destination is provided.  This allows riders to fly with their carry on only, and not hassle with a bike box, or risk damage to their bike.  Clients are reunited with their bikes at the predetermined location, (designated point of origin for the custom trip).  VeloSante's valet service saves riders time, money and provides peace of mind.

 

Big Ride

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Big Ride Across America is a seven week, 3,300 mile, fully supported bicycle ride from Seattle, Washington to Washington D.C.  What began as a charity bicycle event in the 1990s as a fundraiser for the American Lung Association has become a cross-country trek steeped in rich tradition.  People throughout the world have participated in the Big Ride as cyclists, volunteers and donors. The Big Ride challenges the body, mind and spirit.

Event Details

  • 48 day, 3,300 mile, cycling adventure from Seattle WA to Washington D.C. across the northern tier of the USA
  • 48 Days on the road
  • 8 Rest Days (Spokane WA, Missoula MT, Billings MT, Rapid City SD, New Ulm MN, Madison WI, Sandusky OH & Gettysburg PA)
  • All lodging & meals included (except Rest Day meals). 
  • Fully supported event – gear & provisions transport, SAG vehicles, basic mechanical assistance 
  • Monthly Big Rider conference calls
  • Big Rider Handbook
  • Big Ride Across America cycling jersey
  • Limited to 30 participants

Big Ride Across America – the Ride of a Lifetime!

​Special thanks to MotorLine and Marich Confectionery, our generous sponsors

For more info contact:  info@bigride.org/ (828)545-1039 

What's happening with the Big Ride Across America in 2015 and 2016? In this transitional period, the Big Ride is seeking a not for profit partner. In the meantime, Charlton and Lynn are riding the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route from Banff, Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells, NM on the Mexican border.  Your virtual company is welcomed on this trip.  Feel free to follow along on the VeloSante Facebook page or Tumblr blog site.

FL Bicycle Safari

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The 37th Annual Florida Bicycle Safari

April 8-13, 2017

Live Oak + Cherry Lake, Florida

VeloSante Cycling Services offers airport transfer service, bicycle rentals, bicycle shipping and full concierge camping services for cyclists participating in the Florida Bicycle Safari.  Our services are designed to enhance your experience during this six day event, so you can spend more time having fun! 

For Safari info and registration, go http://foridabicyclesafari.com and see VeloSante under the Event Support tab.

VeloSante offers

  • Airport shuttles We offer safe, reliable transportation service, for you and your bicycle, in our comfortable 15-passenger van, between Jacksonville International Airport and the Florida Bicycle Safari.
  • Bicycle rentals Rent a Cervelo R3.  Make a reservation with your fit measurements, then bring your own pedals and saddle and we will set you up on a beautiful ride!  See the bikes at www.cervelo.com
  • Bicycle shipping No need to fly with your bike... ship your bike via Air Caddy and we will receive, assemble, repack and drop at FedEx.
  • Camping concierge service VeloSante provides a comfortable, carefree camping experience, including large tents, plush air mattresses, chairs and daily cotton towel and washcloth service.  Recharging stations, a secure bicycle corral, refreshments and mechanical assistance (tire pump, chain lube, minor adjustments) are included in the concierge package for Florida Bicycle Safari participants.

We set up and break down your tenting accommodations for you.  You will find your tent set up in Live Oak, we will move it, along with your luggage, to Cherry Lake.

Pricing

Airport Shuttle Service: $140 round trip

                                      $75 one way only

   - between Jacksonville International Airport and the Florida Bicycle Safari

   - transportation is available Friday, April 7, Monday, April 10 and Thursday, April 13.

   - pricing includes you, your bicycle and gear

   - please contact us before booking flights

                             

Cervelo R3 Ultegra Equipped Bicycle Rentals

1 day: $80

2 days: $150

3 days: $210

4 day: $260

5 or 6 days: $300

- reservation required

- bring your fit measurements, pedals & saddle to the Florida Bicycle Safari

- size is limited by availability

- renter is responsible for any loss or damage to bicycle

Air caddy (bicycle shipping):

$50 round trip

$25 one way, incoming

$35 one way, outgoing

 - receiving and assembly prior to the event & repacking and delivery to FedEx after the event

 - shipping container & cost of shipping not included

  • If you are flying, or need to ship a bicycle, we have found Air Caddy to be a superior way of safely transporting a bike. Re-useable, wedge-shaped bicycle boxes can be purchased at www.aircaddy.com.  Use VeloSante as the VIP password when shipping to get a reduced rate.  On the front end, we receive, assemble and transport your bicycle to the event.  For the return trip, we repack and transport your bicycle to FED Ex.  Contact VeloSante for a ship to address and details.

 

Full Concierge Camping Service (Please place reservation by Wednesday, April 8)

- includes a Kelty 6-person tent, air mattress, chair and daily cotton towel and washcloth service.  We set up and take down your tenting accommodations at the beginning in Live Oak, transfer day to Cherry Lake, and at the end of the event.

Six (6) nights

Single occupancy… $360 [queen or twin air mattress]

                     Double occupancy  $435 [one queen or two twin air mattresses]

 

Five (5) nights

                    Single occupancy… $300 [queen or twin air mattress]

                    Double occupancy… $360 [one queen or two twin air mattresses]

  

Three (3) nights

                     Single occupancy...$240 [queen or twin air mattress]

                     Double occupancy  $300 [one queen or two twin air mattresses]

 

A la carte

Kelty Chair with mesh back:  $25 

Towel Service (daily cotton towel & washcloth): $20

Kelty Chair & Towel Service Combo:  $40

 

For more information and to make reservations contact us.  We look forward to helping make this your best Safari ever!   - Charlton & Lynn

VeloSante 

828.545.1039

velosante1@gmail.com

www.velosante.co

www.velosantecyclingservices.com

 

Horrible Hundred 2016

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The Florida Hill Country - Waterfront Park, Clermont, Florida - November 19-20, 2016

TWO DAYS-THREE ROUTES-SEVEN MOUNTAINS-4000 BURNING LEGS

Sponsored by the Florida Freewheelers. ...It's only HORRIBLE if you miss it!

VeloSante offers Horrible Hundred participants bicycle rentals and bicycle shipping.   Look for our 15-Passenger Van providing SAG at the Horrible Hundred.

Bicycle rentals

                    Rent a Cervelo R3.  Make a reservation with your fit measurements, then                           bring your own pedals and saddle and we’ll set you up on a fantastic ride!                           See the bikes at www.cervelo.com

Bicycle shipping 

                    No need to fly with your bike... ship your bike via Air Caddy and we will                               receive, assemble, repack and drop at FedEx.                                                                                                                                                                 

 

♦PRICING♦

Cervelo R3 Bicycle Rentals*

1 day:  $80

2 days: $150

* reservation required

* bring your fit measurements, pedals & saddle to the HBF

* size is limited by availablility

* renter is responsible for any loss or damage to bicycle

 

Air caddy (bicycle shipping):  $50

 - receiving and assembly prior to the event & repacking and delivery to FedEx after the event

 - shipping container & cost of shipping not included

  • If you are flying, or need to ship a bicycle, we have found Air Caddle to be a superior way of safely transporting a bike. Re-useable, wedge-shaped bicycle boxes can be purchased at www.aircaddy.com.  Use VeloSante as the VIP password when shipping to get a reduced rate.  On the front end, we receive, assemble and transport your bicycle to the event.  For the return trip, we repack and transport your bicycle to FED Ex.  Contact VeloSante Cycling for a ship to address and details.

 

For more information and to make reservations contact Charlton DuRant

VeloSante Cycling

828.545.1039

velosante1@gmail.com

www.velosantecyclingservices.com

 

 

 

Road Titans 300+

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October 7-9, 2016

Discover the Titan in you at the Road Titans 300+ in South Carolina’s beautiful Oconee County.  A three-day fully supported premiere cycling adventure and a professional-like experience like no other cycling event, designed to defy the limits of endurance with a road course in one of National Geographic's "Destinations of a Lifetime" Oconee County.  

3 Days  -  310 Miles  -  30,000 ft Elevation  

OR

​3 Days - 150 Miles - 13,500 ft Elevation

Register at www.roadtitans300.com   10% off code: VELOSANTE

 

Whether you are transporting your bike to Seneca, planning to rent a bicycle for the event or are in need of a ride to or from the airport, VeloSante Cycling Services offers optimum personalized service at special rates exclusively for Road Titans 300+ registered riders.

Bicycle Shipping

Air Caddy is the superior way of safely transporting a bike if you are flying. Go to www.aircaddy.com to purchase your re-useable, wedge-shaped bicycle box and enter VeloSante as the VIP password to get the reduced rate on shipping. 

The VeloSante package also includes:
-Receiving and assembling your bicycle prior to the Road Titans 300+ event and transporting it to the event.
-Repacking your bicycle after the event and transporting it back to you through FedEx. 

Special offer: $50*
*Shipping container & cost of shipping not included. Contact VeloSante for a Ship to address and details as listed below.


Bicycle Rentals
Rent a Cervelo R3 for the Road Titans 300+
1 day: $80
2 days: $150
3 days: $210

PLEASE NOTE: Reservation is required and sizes are limited due to availability. You must bring your fit measurements, pedals & saddle to the Road Titans 300+ event. You will be responsible for any loss or damage to the rented bicycle.

Ground Transportation
Don’t want to rent a car or drive? We’ve got you covered. VeloSante Cycling Services provides van shuttle transportation on October 5 and 6 from Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport to Seneca, SC and on October 10 and 11 from Seneca, SC to Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport.

Price:  $70 each way, per person including bicycle and luggage. 

If you are interested in making a reservation, please contact Charlton DuRant at 828.545.1039 or velosante1@gmail.com.  Note that space is limited and subject to availability. 

 


 

Bike Virginia 2016

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***REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR FULL CONCEIRGE SERVICES IS JUNE 12th***

VeloSante ​is pleased to provide conceirge camping services for the 2016 Bike Virginia Tour.  This 29th annual event will ride to one of Virginia’s most prized cycling areas—the Shenandoah Valley. 

Learn more about the 2016 Bike Virginia tour and register at bikevirginia.org  - Look for VeloSante under the accommodations and assisted camping section.

VeloSante Cycling Services offers airport transfer service, bicycle rentals, bicycle shipping and full concierge camping services for cyclists participating in the Bike Virginia tour.  Our services are designed to enhance your experience during this six day event, so you can spend more time having fun! 


VeloSante services available for Bike Virginia participants:

  • Airport shuttles Safe, reliable transportation service, for you and your bicycle, in our comfortable 15-passenger van, between Dulles International Airport and Bike Virginia start and finish locations.
  •   Bicycle rentals Rent a Cervelo R3.  Make a reservation with your fit measurements, then bring your own pedals and saddle and we will set you up on a beautiful ride!  See the bikes at www.cervelo.com
  •   Bicycle shipping No need to fly with your bike... ship your bike via Air Caddy and we will receive, assemble, repack and drop at FedEx.
  •   Camping concierge service  ​A comfortable, carefree camping experience, including large tents, plush air mattresses, chairs and daily towel service. Recharging stations, a secure bicycle corral, refreshments and mechanical assistance (tire pump, chain lube, minor adjustments) are included in the concierge package for Bike Virginia participants.  We set up and break down your tent accommodations in Woodstock and in Harrisonburg.

 

PRICING

Airport Shuttle Service: $140 round trip and $75 one way only

 

  •           between Dulles International Airport and Bike Virginia start and/or finish
  •           transportation is available Thursday, June 23 and Wednesday, June 29
  •           pricing includes you, your bicycle and gear
  •           please contact us before booking flights

                            

Cervelo R3 Ultegra Equipped Bicycle Rentals

1 day: $80

2 days: $150

3 days: $210

4 day: $260

5 or 6 days: $300

  •           reservation required
  •           bring your fit measurements, pedals & saddle to Bike Virginia
  •           size is limited by availability
  •           renter is responsible for any loss or damage to bicycle

 

Air caddy (bicycle shipping):

$50 round trip

$25 one way, incoming

$35 one way, outgoing

 - receiving and assembly prior to the event & repacking and delivery to FedEx after the event

 - shipping container & cost of shipping not included

  •   If you are flying, or need to ship a bicycle, we have found Air Caddy to be a superior way of safely transporting a bike. Re-useable, wedge-shaped bicycle boxes can be purchased at www.aircaddy.com.  Use VeloSante as the VIP password when shipping to get a reduced rate.  On the front end, we receive, assemble and transport your bicycle to the event.  For the return trip, we repack and transport your bicycle to FED Ex.  Contact VeloSante for a ship to address and details.

 

Full Concierge Camping Service (Reservation deadline is Sunday, June 12th)

- includes Kelty 6-person tent, air mattress, chair and daily cotton towel and washcloth service.  We set up and take down your tent accommodations in Woodstock and in Harrisonburg.

Five (5) nights

  •   Single occupancy… $300 [queen or twin air mattress]
  •   Double occupancy… $360 [one queen or two twin air mattresses]

 

Three (3) nights

  •   Single occupancy...$240 [queen or twin air mattress]
  •   Double occupancy  $300 [one queen or two twin air mattresses]

 

A la carte

·         Kelty Chair with mesh back:  $25 

·         Towel Service (daily cotton towel and washcloth): $20

·         Kelty Chair & Towel Service Combo:  $40

 

Contact us for more information and to make reservations.  We look forward to making this your most enjoyable and comfortable Bike Virginia experience ever. 

Charlton & Lynn

VeloSante 

828.545.1039

velosantecyclingservices.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Charlton DuRant & Lynn Petrotte

VeloSante - Big Ride Across America -Bicycle Bliss LLC

828-545-1039

velosante1@gmail.com

info@bigride.org

velosantecyclingservices.com

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