It was a gloomy Wednesday afternoon in Yorktown as a group of 20 women cycled to the end of a cross-country journey.
The feeling of relief was almost palpable as the cyclists rounded the corner onto Main Street and caught sight of the finish line that signified the end of their long journey. As the tired women trickled in, a handful of family members stood by with balloons and signs, cheering as the women came to a stop in front of the Yorktown Victory Monument.
“You did it!” echoed across the lawn as the women disembarked their bikes and gathered to slap hands and bump fists in congratulations. Glasses of champagne and cookies adorned with Nutella and raspberries were passed out to the participants as they gathered under the monument for photo ops.
For many of the cyclists, this happy moment was years in the making.
WomanTours’ TransAmerica bike tour began in 2018 on the other side of the country.
The trip was separated into four sections, which saw the participants travel from Florence, Oregon, to Yellowstone National Park; from Yellowstone to Wichita, Kansas; from Wichita to Lexington, Kentucky; and finally from Lexington to Yorktown. Each section lasted about 3-4 weeks each, with the women returning home during the intervening months to rest up before the next leg began.
Seven of the 20 participants who finished in Yorktown on Wednesday took part in all four sections, covering 4,550 miles and climbing more than 200,000 feet. The intention was to do one section per year, but […]