‘Absolutely beautiful’

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 18, 2011 - 03:36 PM

Photo: Mathews Family YMCA volunteer Joanie Beatley leads a group of children through the Bike Rodeo course on Friday evening at the Mathews Boys and Girls Club parking lot. The free event, which kicked off the weekend’s cycling events, was sponsored by the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.

Mathews Family YMCA volunteer Joanie Beatley leads a group of children through the Bike Rodeo course on Friday evening at the Mathews Boys and Girls Club parking lot. The free event, which kicked off the weekend’s cycling events, was sponsored by the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club.

Photo: Richmond cyclists Eva Mann, Dany Otto, Tami Topalu and Jens Holzhauser, from left, consult a map to get their bearings on Saturday morning at Bayside Landing at Bavon. That rest area was manned by members of the Mathews Rotary Club. Photos by Charlie Koenig.

Richmond cyclists Eva Mann, Dany Otto, Tami Topalu and Jens Holzhauser, from left, consult a map to get their bearings on Saturday morning at Bayside Landing at Bavon. That rest area was manned by members of the Mathews Rotary Club. Photos by Charlie Koenig.

Weather held out for last weekend’s Bikes, Bands and the Bay Festival in Mathews. Lynda Smith Greve, local coordinator for the event, said the weekend turned out to be "absolutely beautiful," and the rain that fell Saturday night did not disrupt any of the festival’s planned activities.

She estimated that 550 cyclists took part in the event, which used to be known as the Tour de Chesapeake. "The forecast did keep some folks away," Greve said. However, there were about 75 walk-ins, which she said made up for those who signed up but did not show.

"Overall, it was a good weekend for everybody," Greve said. "I heard all good things from those who participated and those who volunteered."

Though Greve said she hadn’t had a chance to speak personally with local business owners, she reported seeing a lot of people walking around the county with bags in their hands.

Greve said that even on the less-organized rides Sunday, she saw "loads of people" riding down to where she was at Williams Wharf and all over the county.