by Deana Sun
Seems like all the big franchises on TV and in movies are doing “origin” stories on the characters so here goes:
3 Day Bike About was created in the latter part of 2020 (you know, the year when the world seemed to stop revolving) by Cynthia Bashton and myself. Our goal was to hold small (less than 400 cyclists) bicycle tours in small Virginia towns while supporting a local charity and the local economy. Together we hosted 3 successful tours over the next two years:
2021 – Williamsburg
2022 – Williamsburg and Strasburg
while not only supporting the local economy in those two towns but raising over $11,000 for The Arc of Greater Williamsburg and $3,000 for the proposed Shenandoah Rail Trail in Strasburg.
But times and lives change, so going forward into 2023 I will be “flying solo” as they say. With the experience and knowledge I gained volunteering at various bicycling tours and working with Cynthia (who was previously on staff with Bike Virginia) over the past 10 years, I will continue to host 3 Day Bike About tours in Williamsburg.
I am very fortunate the local cycling club, Williamsburg Area Bicyclists (WAB), has signed on to support 3 Day Bike About. I have been a member of WAB since 2009 (including four years as President (2015 – 2018), and many members have volunteered these last two years.
There will be changes, but some things will also stay the same:
- The Arc of Greater Williamsburg will continue to receive 10% of all registration fees and 20% of all sponsorship dollars.
- Williamsburg Area Bicyclists will receive 5% of all registration fees to support their Cycling without Age and Helmet Distribution program.