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The Fast and the Fiorini aka Big Walker Charity Ride
June 15, 2019 @ 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
No one quite touched the lives of bicyclists and outdoors folks like Ian Fiorini. He was at the table as we planned and implemented the first Big Walker Century Ride back in 2004, in his role as co-owner of Treehuggers Outdoors, a local outing store and specialized bike dealer on Main Street in downtown Wytheville.
He rode bikes, sold bikes, repaired bikes, tuned up bikes on the morning of many rides, and rode sag year after year. After working away from here, he returned and threw himself into this charity ride with the same Ian spirit. He embodied the happiness of riding bikes and lived to share his passion with anyone that crossed his path. Sadly, in August 2016, he died suddenly, leaving behind his wife Jody, son Roman, and hundreds of friends and kindred spirits.
HOPE was honored to add Ian’s name to our annual fundraiser in 2017, known as the Big Pencil to Big Walker, aka The Fast and the Fiorini, as a way to memorialize his contribution to area cycling. We hope to continue to bring friends and cyclists together so that we may spread a little of Ian’s happiness to those who may need it.
Fare thee well, long may you ride, The Fast and the Fiorini!
**NEW FOR 2019**
This epic ride starts in downtown Wytheville, then heads out through the pastoral southwest Virginia counties of Wythe and Bland, with one, two or three climbs of Big Walker Mountain. To celebrate the opening of HOPE’s new donate-what-you-can restaurant, the Open Door Cafè, we’ve moved the start/finish down Main Street to the Cafè, where we’ll be able to serve chef-prepared food-including a great pre-ride, Friday evening pasta and salad bar meal, and special chef goodies for the post ride, including adult beverages, and live entertainment!
Come ride, climb and enjoy our scenery and all the small-town charm Wytheville has to offer, including our recently renovated Main Street, and of course the annual Chautauqua Festival in the Park, an eight day family oriented arts and musical festival, which begins on ride day as well!
Thanks to the generous support of our major sponsors, we are again offering a custom designed cycling jersey for all registrants for our ride. Please sign up now, and let your cycling buddies know as well. Starlight Apparel in Roanoke designs our classic jerseys (2018 jersey shown above designed by renowned cyclist Scottie Weiss).
Proceeds benefit HOPE, an umbrella human services organization delivering housing and food security programs to the southwest Virginia counties of Wythe, Bland, Carroll, Smyth and Grayson and the city of Galax. Click here to learn more about HOPE.