Jay Leaman instructs riders at the start of their ride.

Jay Leaman (right) instructs riders on the route and safety measures at the start of their ride.

One hundred twenty-eight riders came out on a beautiful September day and pedaled the Shenandoah Valley to enjoy the beginning of fall in the rolling terrain, and to support the work of seven area non-profit agencies. Choosing one of five rides between 5 miles and 100 miles, the riders enjoyed camaraderie and welcome refreshments together at Eastern Mennonite School as they finished.

This 17th annual ride has been growing since 1997 and provides an important source of revenue to the benefiting agencies. Riders are encouraged to build a support network of friends who give a suggested per-mile donation. (This year’s totals are still being calculated.)

Riders register for Bike Shenandoah

Riders register for Bike Shenandoah.

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Bicycle tune-ups were provided by Rocktown Bicycles.

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Riders begin!

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The 15-mile riders compare notes on how each coped with the Greenmount Road hill at the provided riders’ lunch.

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Riders eat and relax after the ride.

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Servers helped prepare and serve the riders’ lunch.