16th Annual
Saturday, June 15, 2019
7:30 a.m. **RAIN OR SHINE**
Wytheville, Virginia

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

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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!

All registrants receive a free cycling jersey, designed by the renowned cyclist Scottie Weiss with Starlite Custom Apparel. The 2018 jersey is shown above.

This epic ride starts in downtown Wytheville, in the shadow of the Big Pencil hanging over Main Street at Wytheville Office Supply. Our metric century ride offers three climbs of Big Walker Mountain, just north of Wytheville.

The ride coincides with the opening day of the annual Chautauqua Festival in the Park, an eight day family oriented arts and music festival.

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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