The Wheeling Heritage Trail Tour grew out of simple but lofty goals.
“Bringing awareness to the Ohio Valley about cycling, and developing a trail network so people can get out and utilize it, and get outdoors and get healthy,” recalled David Crow, manager of Quick Service Bicycle Shop.
Today it’s also about raising money to develop more trails.
“We have seven more miles left in Brooke County to connect from here to Washington, D.C.” said Doug Wayt, Heritage Trail Tour director.
Riders could choose their own version of the tour, from ten miles to 62 or more.
“That’s what’s so fantastic about this Heritage Trail ride,” noted Carol Varner of Warwood. “You can do whatever mileage you want, from 100 miles, 50 miles, 35 miles, it doesn’t matter. Our friend only did five miles. And it was a beautiful day!”
“My husband and I did the 30-mile ride,” said Sandy Devonshire of Pittsburgh. “The reason that we’re doing it is we’re training for a ride across New York in July.”
“Love it,” said Jay McCamic, long-time rider and sponsor of the race. “Always happy on the bike.”