3rd Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge Charity Bike Ride Scheduled for May 20th, 2012 in Lynchburg, Virginia

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27, 45, 75 and 100 Courses to Showcase Cycling in Lynchburg with Proceeds to Support Community Programs

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There’s something here for every cyclist

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Storming of Thunder Ridge charity bicycle ride to be held on May 20th, 2012 in Lynchburg, Virginia. As the area’s only fully-supported organized road ride, Storming of Thunder Ridge showcases one of the best-kept secret locations for cycling while raising funds to benefit the YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign. The event features routes to appeal to bike riders of all abilities including 27, 45, 75 and 100 mile courses along meandering backroads with breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Upon return, cyclists will be lavished with great food, music, massage and prizes.

The event takes its name from a scenic overlook that marks the end of a 13-mile climb from the lowest to highest points on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. The climb is a destination for out-of-town and local cyclists alike who challenge themselves to attempt to complete it in under an hour. Thunder Ridge was featured during a stage in the now-defunct Tour Du Pont professional cycling stage race in which a young Lance Armstrong placed second to the overall winner Viatcheslav Ekimov who described the climb as “It is long, but not very steep.” (Easy for you to say, Eki!)

The challenging ascent to Thunder Ridge is the highlight of both the 75 and 100 mile routes which also include a technical descent from the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Peaks of Otter. The 27 and 45 mile routes do not include Thunder Ridge and offer an easier terrain of rolling hills.

Storming of Thunder Ridge was born from a desire to put Lynchburg on the cycling map and give back to the local community. 100% of rider registration fees support the YMCA of Central Virginia’s Community Support Campaign which supports programs for nurturing youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Campaign funds ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive.

In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dr. John Bell Share the Road Memorial Fund which seeks to increase bicycling awareness and safety in the Lynchburg area. An avid cyclist and ambassador for cycling, Dr. Bell was tragically struck and killed by a motorist while on his bike. The memorial fund will donate contributions to purchase “Share the Road” signs along highly-traveled roads frequented by local area cyclists.

“Storming of Thunder Ridge is going to be bigger and better than ever,” said Paula Dahl, Event Director. “There’s something here for every cyclist – from new and occasional riders to veterans and club riders. With the right mix of safe, well-marked routes that are monitored by our support vehicles plus the challenging courses and bucolic scenery, we’re expecting a record number of registered riders in 2012.”

Riders can register online or mail the registration form. Those not riding are encouraged to support Storming of Thunder Ridge by volunteering.

Plus, new for 2012, an event jersey is available to commemorate the ride.

“We are committed to making this cycling event the one riders put on their calendar year after year because of the awesome routes, camaraderie, enthusiastic support and post-ride party," added Paula Dahl. “We look forward to welcoming cyclists to Storming of Thunder Ridge on May 20th.”

For more information, please contact Paula Dahl at 434-582-1900 ext 221 or info(at)stormingofthunderridge(dot)com.

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