March 16, 2014
Virginia's rich tradition of cycling continues. Dan Bowman has come all the way from Colorado to participate in this year's event.
"It's a nice area. It's nice to come down from Colorado where there is 6,000 feet at the lowest, and then you come here and you can actually breathe and race hard," says Dan Bowman.
More than 300 riders are expected to participate throughout the week. Organizer Matt Butterman says many riders are attracted to Virginia because of the high mountain climbs to the rolling hills.
"A lot of the riders really like being challenged with steep climbs. You got those nice rolling hills in the Valley. You've even got some flat areas along side the river," says Matt Butterman. About 85-percent of the riders expected here today are from out of town, and Butterman says it’s more than just a bike race, it’s a tourism effort.
Thursday the race goes to Lexington, and Friday they'll start the day in Bath County, and on Saturday the race will make its to Waynesboro.