(Photo by Matt Riley, University Communications; illustration by Emily Faith Morgan, University Communications) Elli Welch wanted a challenge. She got one.
Born into a family of cyclists, the fourth-year University of Virginia student said her mother, Teresa Miller, peddled across the country with her siblings as a young woman. Miller, who graduated from UVA in 1988 with a degree in biology, missed her own first-year orientation in Charlottesville because she was wrapping up the final two days of her trip.
Welch grew up hearing the stories of that journey and was determined to follow in her mother’s pedal strokes when the time was right.
That time came this past summer. But Welch wanted to add another layer to her adventure.
“I wanted to be actively engaging with other people, doing it as a team, and working toward something for the betterment of the community, toward a cause of some sort,” she said.
She found an organization, Bike and Build, that bound her two goals together. Like the twin grips on a bike’s handlebars, the group offers a two-fer: a curated, team-based, cross-country trip for experienced bikers, paired with programming to support affordable housing. Related Story
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