By: Linzy Browne

    Capital Ale House is known as Virginia’s Beer Authority, but has also taken an active role in the community over the last 15 years, always dedicated to supporting local: Local beer, cuisine, talent, music and cycling. Yes! Capital Ale House has sponsored a local cycling team for ten consecutive years, officially calling themselves the Capital Ale House Cycling Team.  The team was established in 2005, by John and Marty Polk, growing from 15 members to over 70 who ride together throughout the year. The largest turnout and commitment is for the annual Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads Ride in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society. The team’s mission and philanthropic cause is to raise awareness and funds for the MS Society.

Last April 2016, the team reached an amazing goal, raising a total of $500,000 for the MS Society. These funds are raised through community rides and individual cyclists collecting donations leading up to the annual Bike MS event.

“It was a memorable announcement for the team. They have grown so much, biked so far and have raised an amazing amount of funds and awareness for the MS Society.” – Matt Simmons, President of Capital Ale House

This year, the annual Bike MS: Colonial Crossroads will take place on June 3rd and 4th starting in Richmond and ending in Williamsburg, VA. Cyclists can choose to ride the 2-day route, 75 or 100 miles each day, or a 1-day route, a 33-mile loop in Williamsburg on Saturday only.

“The 2-day ride is challenging, but achievable with training. At the end of the ride, there’s a great sense of accomplishment, not just for overcoming the physical challenge, but for all the money the event raises to help those living with MS.” —John Polk, Captain and Founder of the Capital Ale House Cycling Team.

The Capital Ale House Cycling team will be hosting a “Bring a Friend” ride on Saturday, May 20th at the Capital Ale House Innsbrook location to prepare for the Colonial Crossroads ride in June. This will be the team’s second “Poker Ride,” where riders who participate receive cards at five checkpoints. The riders with the best hands win prizes from Capital Ale House and the MS Society.

If you are interested in getting involved, contact our team at Or find us on Facebook, “Capital Ale House Cycling Team.”