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Snowflake Ride benefits inner-city, youth cycling

February 21, 2014 1:37pm

Despite the name, Richmond Cycling Corps‘ big fundraiser — the Snowflake Ride — was snowed out…at least temporarily. Originally scheduled for last weekend, the Snowflake Ride has been moved to Sunday, March 2 at 11 a.m.

I caught up with RCC founder Craig Dodson the other day, and he said the event, now in its third year, has become an increasingly important fundraiser for the non-profit that gets inner-city kids into cycling (while teaching leadership development at the same time).

RPC Logo resized“Last year we raised around $5,000,” Dodson said. “This year the goal is $10,000. If this event goes off [well], this will constitute a good chunk of our programming budget.”

RCC recently started a cycling program at Armstrong High School, which cost $10,000 just to get rolling. Money raised through the Snowflake ride will go mostly toward growing and maintaining that program.

Last year, Dodson said, 200 people participated in the ride, which offers three distances — 19, 34 and 42 miles, all of which start together with a police escort from RCC headquarters in Scott’s Addition to Bryan Park. Along the course there will be a rest stop with hot cider and other goodies and back at the finish line there’ll be a sweet spread: homemade soup, bread, and beer from Isley Brewing (which is next door). A DJ will be rocking the joint and the wood burning stove will be cranking.

It should be a fun party for a great cause. Click here to learn more and to register.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?