Lifestyle2013 Cycling Challenge: Inspiring Children of Central Virginia
Published Monday, August 12, 2013 Updated on Monday, June 23, 2014

2013 Cycling Challenge: Inspiring Children of Central Virginia

This September 15th marks the 8th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia Cycling Challenge. Hundreds of cyclists from the Charlottesville area and beyond can ride a variety of routes to benefit a great cause – from 25 miles to 100 miles, along with a more leisurely 8 mile family run to Chiles Peach Orchard.


Grouped into teams, some corporate sponsored and others made up of friends and family, the event strives to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, which seek to inspire kids and teens to reach their full potential while providing a safe place with caring role models and a variety of fun and productive experiences and interactions.


Some of the most excited participants are members of the Challenger Team – a dozen or so Boys & Girls Clubs members ages 13-17, who train all summer for the challenge. 


Fundraising incentives are offered and prizes are given for reaching different goals, making the event a great way to bring the Charlottesville community together for a fun and worthwhile cause.  100% of proceeds directly benefit children and teens in Central Virginia, most of who live in Albemarle County and the Charlottesville area. 


The event has had much success in the past, with an all-time high in number of cyclists in 2012. With routes that take cyclists through the gorgeous foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the event provides an enjoyable day to benefit an important organization. Here’s hoping that 2013 will bring even more members of the community together, with more cyclists and an even larger turnout. 


The day ends with a tasty lunch and pool party, with local wine and beer for the adults, and live music. What better way to spend a lovely fall day then taking in the magnificent views on bicycle in support of the Charlottesville community? For more information on the Challenge and how you can get involved, visit

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