Tour de Vance

Second annual ride raises funds for United Way
Apr. 26, 2014 @ 02:56 PM

Kevin Goemaat traveled from Charleston, S.C., to participate in the Tour de Vance bike ride Saturday morning.

He said the 30-mile trek would help prepare him for a 180-mile race in Massachusetts later this year.

Goemaat also wanted to join his relatives who were taking part in the second annual Tour de Vance ride at Vance-Granville Community College.

“It’s good to have a change of scenery,” he said before taking off. “We don’t have many hills in Charleston.”

Goemaat was one of about 50 riders who got involved in the bike event.

All the money raised from the Tour de Vance goes toward the United Way of Vance County.

Mark Dubinski signed up for the 30 mile ride, same as he did last year.

“I want to support the United Way, and this is a nice, local event,” he said. “It’s a beautiful ride, and I enjoy the camaraderie.”

Wendy Meyer-Goodwin, who loves to bike, helped create the event as a way to encourage cycling in the community.

“I wanted the children of Vance County and people of all ages to give bicycling a try,” she said.

She said the event also aims to promote better relationships between bikers and motorists by giving people a chance to ride on the roads.

“We want to raise awareness in the community of how motorists and cyclists can get along,” she said. “Most people have been a driver, not everyone has the perspective of a biker.”

Though a handful of kids showed up for the children’s activities, Meyer-Goodwin was hoping for a greater turnout.

“We are really trying to get the kids out,” she said. “We went out and sent flyers to all the schools, hoping for more participation.”

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.