17th Annual
**RESCHEDULED** Saturday, September 26, 2020
7:30 a.m. **RAIN OR SHINE**
Wytheville, Virginia

A fundraising event to support Helping Overcome Poverty's Existence, Inc.

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Friends--we've changed the date, with fingers and toes crossed that come September 26, the fall weather will be perfect, bikes tuned and body's primed for a good ride through Wythe and Bland counties. And that the social distancing thing has worked its charms to minimize any more pain and disruption.

Please mark your calendar or click the Active Network link below, and we'll see you in September.

Stay well, Andy


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!

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. The start/finish is at HOPE's donate-what-you-can restaurant, the Open Door Cafè, located at 650 West Main Street, where we'll be able to serve chef-prepared food-including 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 our ride. Check out the 2020 jersey shown above!

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.

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