Cyclists ride to benefit Ohio River Greenway
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Le Tour de Pork, the annual bike ride along the backroads of Southern Indiana to raise money and awareness for the Ohio River Greenway, took place for the 13th year in a row on Aug. 1.
The event, which normally has all riders begin the course together, had no start time this year to help mitigate crowds of people being together. This helped spread out cyclists and ensure social-distancing guidelines were being followed.
Chelsea Crump, the event organizer and also a board member of the Friends of the Ohio Greenway, said that while Le Tour de Pork looked a bit different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, she would still write it down as a success.
“Hosting this ride at Turtle Run Winery every year is always a beautiful place to be,” Crump said. “The rainy weather held off for most of the morning for the riders, and everyone seemed to have a great time.”
She also noted that while they haven’t calculated how much money was raised at this year’s event, the organization usually raises about $6,000 so they are hoping to have donations near that amount.
Jim Pfeiffer, owner of Turtle Run Winery near Lanesville, said he agreed the event went off without a hitch. He noted that no accidents took place, which he attributed to the scattered start times. And, he made it a point to ensure Turtle Run was doing everything in its power to battle the coronavirus and keep their environment safe for all participants.
Riders were encouraged to stay after their ride to have a barbecue lunch, with pork provided by JBS Swift from Louisville, and to participate in Turtle Run wine tastings.
“I’m looking at the virus like an athletic competition,” Pfeiffer said. “You want to know its strengths, its weaknesses and then alter your strategy based on that. We did all our wine tastings in a tent outside with fans blowing, and we even went as far as to have our staff hold their breath when pouring wine for customers until they stepped away. I am trying to be the least COVID-friendly environment around.”
Because of the scattered start times for participants of the race, Pfeiffer also noted about 20 cyclists came the following day to ride the course. The map can be found on the Le Tour de Pork Facebook page for anyone else interested in participating, he said.