Cyclists gather in Botetourt County to bike for cause


BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Over 100 cyclists gathered in Botetourt County to tackle Virginia’s Blue Ridge Grand Fondo Sunday. But the event was more than just you’re average bike ride. For Race Director Tim Miller it’s about something deeper.

“One of our event partners is the foundation for Sarcoidosis research so we’re partnered with them and we’re hoping to raise some money and some awareness about Sarcoidosis, which is not a widely known disease but it is something affects the quality of life for lots of folks.”

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can attack any organ in the body and has no cure. But for cyclist Jacob Taylor riding for the cause is rewarding.

“You know it’s great to get out and ride, but it’s even better to do it for a good cause so we’re really excited to be doing it this year,” says Taylor.

Taylor’s sister also finds the race inspiring.

“It’s really nice to come out here and do this with your family it’s something nice that we can all stay fit and exercise together and it’s nice having everybody come out people are on the porch cheering. It’s really nice to see everybody excited for this race and everyone raising money for a good cause,” explains Nichole Blumfield.

The brother and sister duo were also joined by their parents as well. Their father Carl Taylor especially enjoys cycling especially when it’s aiding other people in the community.

“It’s always good helping the cause to help somebody’s quality of life and knowing you had a part in it.”

With each cyclist that crosses the finish line. It’s one more person that’s bringing awareness to the disease.

“It’s great to be able to give back I think cyclists in general are so thankful to be out there and doing their thing we don’t lose sight of the ones who can’t,” says Miller.

This is the second time Virginia’s Blue Ridge Grand Fondo bike race. Organizers are all ready preparing for next years event.

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