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The Williamsburg Winery invites cyclists to explore Virginia’s bounty for a good cause [Free read]

Inaugural Tour de Virginia will span four days & nearly 300 miles to support Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

The Williamsburg Winery will host the inaugural Tour de Virginia, a scenic four-day cycling experience through the historical Virginia countryside that will raise funds for Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels.

Only 50 tickets will be sold for the four-day, three-night event from Sept. 23-26, 2021, that will begin and end at the Williamsburg Winery. Cyclists will travel approximately 75 miles per day or 290 miles overall exploring sites that include Jamestown Settlement, Bear Creek Lake State Park and Petersburg National Battlefield, while enjoying local food and wine along the way.

Williamsburg Winery Wednesday evening bike ride May 5, 2021.

Williamsburg Winery founder Patrick Duffeler and Simon Smith, vice president of food and beverage at the winery, devised the concept during a Sunday afternoon impromptu conversation after the winery’s Cycling Club returned from a morning ride.

The group of enthusiastic cyclists was a welcome sight for Duffeler, a longtime advocate of nature’s restorative power.

“Why don’t you organize a Tour de Virginia?” Duffeler suggested.

Those were magical words to Smith, who started the cycling club with three others in 2016 to promote exercise and wellness.

“This sparked many ideas, one being a cycling ride over many days encompassing the bounty of Virginia,” he said. “This is not a race or a timed event. Riders will get the chance to explore Virginia’s historic points, relax after each ride by dining at local Virginia restaurants, and of course, enjoy Williamsburg Winery wines.”

The Tour de Virginia will also be a fundraiser for Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels, which delivers and prepares hot, nutritious meals to vulnerable adults and families in the Williamsburg area — a number on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tour de Virginia’s Miles for Meals component will donate one meal for every four miles completed to the area Meals on Wheels program. Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels will also receive a portion of ticket sales.

“We wanted to do something to benefit the community and to give back,” said Smith, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Williamsburg nonprofit.

Cyclists will stay overnight in Short Pump in Richmond, Farmville and Petersburg. Rest stops along the route will be fully stocked with replenishments. The ride will conclude with an after party at Wessex Hundred that the community is invited to purchase tickets to attend featuring live music, local food and craft beer, and Williamsburg Winery selections.

Conte’s Bike Shop, Hincapie Sportswear, Mercedes-Benz of Hampton and Riverside Health System are all community partners in support of the Tour de Virginia.

All lodging and meals are included in the ticket price of $1,500. Those who purchase tickets prior to June 14 will receive an early bird rate of $1,125 and six bottles of Williamsburg Winery Estate wines.

To learn more about the Tour de Virginia and purchase tickets, visit wiliamsburgwinery.com/tour-de-virginia.


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