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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.”
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