Tour de Vance coming April 27

Apr. 05, 2013 @ 05:42 PM

The inaugural Tour de Vance, an event featuring three rides of varying distances along with biking activities for children, will place on Saturday, April 27.

Wendy Meyer-Goodwin, an avid cyclist and Vance County resident, spearheaded the event, set up to benefit the United Way of Vance County.

“I think what’s rather unique is that someone from the community decided they wanted to do something like this, and have proceeds go to the United Way,” said Nancy Gray, executive director of the United Way. “It’s ended up becoming a joint participation project.”

Scheduled on the event day will be a 30-mile ride, and 60-mile ride for more seasoned riders, with the 60-mile ride passing Kerr Lake.

A 10-mile route will also be set up for youth, families and beginners.

“A girl scout troop will have activities for children 2 to 5, and face painting,” Gray said. “We decided in talking that we would make it a whole family day.”

The Vance County Optimist Club will host a bike rodeo for children ages 6 to 11.

“It’s more of a skills type biking contest,” Gray said. “The winner will receive a bike and there will be other prizes.”

Raising funds is not the only mission of the event, according to Gray, who says it’s also set up to promote the health benefits of bicycling as an exercise, and promote safe bicycling.

Registration is available online at BikeReg.com. Those who register by the end of the day on Tuesday, April 23, will receive a T-shirt.

Registration will continue online until the end of the day on Thursday, April 25, and will resume at the check-in site at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the event.

All events will be staged beginning at Vance-Granville Community College.

Cost for the event is $40 for the 30- and 60- mile rides and $20 for the 10-mile family ride, which covers up to four members of the same family.

 

Contact the writer at amauser@hendersondispatch.com.