What is Asheville Winter Bike League?

What is Asheville Winter Bike League?

Ride Leader Reid Beloni points out benefits of riding with the Asheville Winter Bike League (AVL WBL)

Does your cycling stop when the weather gets cold outside? Well now you have no excuses! When you join our AVL WBL group, not only will you be enjoing safety in numbers, you’ll also be more motivated to squeeze on those winter riding clothes and get outside this winter. The Asheville Winter Bike League (AVL WBL) is a series of free, road cycling group rides that take place every Saturday starting November 16th and ending on January 25th. SEE RIDE SCHEDULE. 

A way of giving back to the cycling community

AVL WBL is more than just a ride; it’s a cycling community, a network, and even a family. As Ride Leader Reid Beloni puts it, “It’s super awesome.” Reid works with Carmichael Training Systems, an endurance sports coaching group based in Brevard, NC.

“I have fond memories (from when I was younger) of getting into cycling and doing group rides, and finding mentorship from older, more experienced riders,” says Reid. ” This is a way we can give back and get new people into the sport. You get motivation out of a group ride in the winter.”

AVL WBL is for all abilities, and there are different groups based on skill level. Each group has SAG support and an experienced lead rider. AVL WBL is an initiative of iDream Athletes Foundation, a 501c3 non -profit organization founded by iDaph Events - Daphne Kirkwood. This will be Reid’s fifth year with AVL WBL, and one thing he likes to emphasize is the camaraderie he sees during his rides.

“It’s not about who’s the fastest or showing off egos,” Reid says. “It’s about having fun on the bike, learning skills and fundamentals, and enjoying company and camaraderie when it gets cold and wet outside.”

No entry fee for riders

There is no entry fee to AVL WBL, but we ask riders to show their appreciation for the support of the ride leaders, sag and organized rides by giving a suggested donation of $5 at each ride. Donations accepted at sign up will cover the expenses of organizing the rides and then any surplus will be given to iDream Athletes Foundation to support scholarships in our community.

Visit our website page for more information, and be sure to RSVP to our Kick Off Party on Wednesday, November 13th at Youngblood Bicycles.

Our Kick Off Party will go over everything you need to know about AVL WBL, including what to wear. We will have free pizza and beer for those who attend.

We hope you can join us for this year’s 2019-2020 Asheville Winter Bike League Series. Let’s get out and ride!

“It’s not about having egos. It’s about having fun on the bike.”

Reid Beloni

Lead Rider and Coach, Carmichael Training Systems

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Hilliard Lyons, now Baird, gives back to the community by promoting financial AND physical fitness

We are excited to announce the local Baird office (formerly Hilliard Lyons) has teamed up with iDaph Events & Timing to be the presenting sponsor of the 2020 New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville. For 100 years, Baird has been a strong, stable and trusted financial partner across generations and through many market cycles, and we feel their strong community values and support will make them an integral part of iDaph’s 2020 event.

“As the first entrée of the firm into the Asheville community, the local office is excited to promote a healthy lifestyle along with giving back to the community,” says Financial Advisor Julie Willard. “The benefactors of the race include the YMCA & Western Carolina Ministries. We want to ensure that our resources are dedicated to helping the Asheville community thrive.”

Willard adds that the timing of the race parlays well as an integral mission of the advisors in the Baird Asheville office, which is to help clients become “financially fit.”
“Being financially fit may not sound as fun as working on becoming physically fit, but it’s just as important,” says Willard. “We encourage it to be one of your top resolutions for 2020.”

Two great companies merged into one

Hilliard Lyons and Baird decided to join forces after nearly a quarter of a century of mutual admiration and respect. Williard says the team at Hilliard Lyons, a company that has had a presence in Asheville for 25 years, is excited for the merger, citing that it’s a “New Name….Same Values.”

“Baird brings us a more robust platform technologically, a slightly larger footprint and international presence, along with intellectual capital that will only complement our existing offerings,” Willard says. “All the while, we have the unique opportunity to maintain the culture that inspired us to be connected with Hilliard Lyons in the first place. It couldn’t be a more perfect union.”

Giving back to the local community

One of the most appealing values that Baird has brought to the partnership was its commitment to community.

“The local Hilliard Lyons/Baird believes that ‘Wealth is more than money: It is community, relationships, health and family,” says Willard. “Community involvement is a core value at Baird.”

For over a decade, Baird has dedicated one week per year for “Baird Gives Back”. During that week, employees are encouraged to volunteer in their hometowns for whatever philanthropy they feel most closely aligned. Every employee is given two days a year of paid time to volunteer with a community organization, and managers can approve requests for commitments that require much more time. Every employee also is eligible to receive a matching contribution, ranging from $500 to $1,000 each year, made to eligible nonprofit organizations. The Baird Foundation matched more than $1 million.

A great fit for iDaph Events

iDaph Events and Timing is thrilled to be partnering with Baird this year as it gears up for its 6th annual New Year’s Resolution Run.

“We are excited to partner with Baird, a well respected financial planning organization who has ties to the Asheville cycling, running, and fitness community,” says Mamie Colburn, iDaph’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “The new year is a time to reflect on where we want our lives to go and set new goals. iDaph hopes to inspire you to reach your fitness goals, and Baird has tools to help you reach your financial goals. It’s our pleasure to bring the two together for the New Years Resolution Run!”

New Year’s Resolution Run Presented by Baird

The New Year’s Resolution Run presented by Baird offers a 10 Mile Run & 5k Run/Walk. The event takes place through the streets of downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day (at a reasonable 10:00 am), and welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Next Packet Pick-up Location!

This year’s New Year’s Resolution Run presented by Baird will be held:

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
2-4pm

Hilliard-Lyons Baird
79 Woodfin Pl #103
Asheville, NC 28801

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