Two local cyclists are prepping for a charity ride like none other, and they’re asking for the community’s support to bring it to fruition.
Husband-and-wife duo Scott and Nicole Davison will ride the Tour de France—all 2,186.6 miles worth—one week before the world’s top cyclists hit the course in July. This year’s 21-day tour starts in Normandy, winds through the Spanish Pyrenees into Andorra, through the French and Swiss Alps, and finally to Paris to finish along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.
“There will be no short cuts for us,” Nicole Davison said. “We ride the same mileage with the same rest days as the pros.”
Tour de Force accepts 40 cyclists each year for the full ride. The Davisons, of Leesburg, will be the only cyclists from the U.S. on the ride this summer, and Nicole will be one of only two women riding the full route.
Scott, 43, and Nicole, 37, own and operate Veloville USA Bicycles & Coffee in Purcellville. They consider the Tour de Force not only an opportunity to check off a major bucket list item—to ride the most difficult event in the cycling world—but also an opportunity to raise money for a charity they care about.
Tour de Force supports the London-area organization William Wates Memorial Trust and its mission to help disadvantaged young people keep away from a life of crime and violence by engaging them in sports, arts and education. Scott and Nicole Davison will also raise funds for Phoenix Bikes, an Arlington-based charity with similar goals that focuses its efforts on youth in the DC area.
The Davisons want to raise $25,000. To get things rolling, they will hold an open house and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at Veloville USA Bicycles & Coffee, 609 E. Main St. Suite AA in Purcellville. Guests can bid on hand-crafted items donated by area businesses and artisans, in person, via Facebook, Instagram or by phone. See details at velovilleusa.com/ride-the-21.
They have several fundraising deadlines to meet: $5,000 by Jan. 31; another $5,000 by Feb. 28; $7,500 by April 25; and another $7,500 by June 25. Donate at crowdrise.com/ridethe21.
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