Published On: Fri, Jul 11th, 2014

Wheels of Hope bicycle event upcoming

The Greenbrier Valley Bicycle Club is making final preparations for the 8th Annual Wheels of Hope bicycle ride July 19. For 2014, the ride starts and finishes at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine at 8 a.m. Last year riders from 13 states participated in the event, which has grown each year. The event kicks off on Friday, July 18, with bike demos provided by Free Spirit Adventures and Hill & Holler Bicycle Works, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Ivy Terrace followed by a free concert featuring The Half Bad Bluegrass Band from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to join us for the free concert, which is sponsored by Country Road Realty LLC and Dirt Ways LLC. Bring your chairs and favorite food and refreshments and enjoy some great music and fellowship. Show up Saturday morning and cheer all the riders as they head down Washington Street at 8 a.m. before heading out into the country on one of four rides between 18 and 106 miles.

All net proceeds from the event benefit local residents fighting cancer and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Local gifts are meant to inspire hope for emotional, spiritual and physical healing for cancer survivors, with “survivorship” beginning on the day of diagnosis. The success of the event would not be possible without the generous support of local businesses and residents, the many volunteers who lend their time, and a dedicated committee made up from members of the Greenbrier Valley Bike Club. This year many of the downtown merchants are providing discounts to participants throughout the weekend.

For information contact: Peter Lawson, director Wheels of Hope 2014 at 304-646-0177. Greenbrier Valley Bicycle Club, 211 W. Randolph Street Lewisburg, WV 24901