At Vista, we believe that a sense of community is what binds us together. In fact, those at Vista learn that it is possible to become active members of a diverse array of communities.
In this blog series, What does Community Mean to You?, we will be highlighting a few of the communities that our students and members take part in. We hope that by reading these stories, you will be able to learn about the valuable connections that our students and members make every day.
For over a decade, the Vista Tour de Shore has made an impact on our community and the lives of our students and members. Participants are encouraged to form teams and ride together in large groups during their training, enjoying each other’s company as they prepare for event day, fostering a sense of community.
On Sunday, October 10, Vista supporters will gather at the Westbrook Elks Lodge for Vista Tour de Shore 2021. This annual cycling and fundraising event is an opportunity for our students and members to connect with the shoreline’s active cycling community. Featuring 4 courses of different distances, the Tour de Shore allows riders of all abilities to come together for a fun morning along Connecticut’s scenic shoreline during the peak of autumn foliage.
This community event has a long-lasting impact on the participants, connecting them with Vista Life Innovations beyond this one day. We asked several riders to share why they Ride For Vista.
Long-time participants and riders Lori and Harvey
Meet Lori! She and her husband Harvey have a longstanding Tour de Shore team that bonds over shared stories of their training rides before meeting on event day to cycle together.
WHY LORI RIDES FOR VISTA: “Because I am thankful that I’m able to ride, as that wasn’t always the case. It supports an incredibly important cause: independence for adults with disabilities. What is more important than that!” She adds, “The picturesque shoreline by bike is a gift, and I wear my Vista Tour de Shore jersey with great pride.”
Discover student Henry rides the Tour de Shore
Meet Henry! Henry is a student in Vista’s Discover program and celebrating his 2nd Tour de Shore. He’s excited to be a part of The Flying Fischers team and will be riding with his family.
WHY HENRY RIDES FOR VISTA: “I love to ride a lot. The views of the beach are beautiful, and I love being with my Vista friends.” You’ll find him cycling on the Tour de Shore’s 25-mile course – why not join him!
Tour de Shore supporter and rider Linda
Meet Linda! Another long-time Tour de Shore rider, Linda recently retired from Vista after more than 30 years.
WHY LINDA RIDES FOR VISTA: “I rejoice in gathering with all those who believe in Vista. I love being with the students and members as they strut their stuff and I love the cohesion, laughter, awards, good food, and the lovely ride along the shoreline.”
We hope you’ll become a part of the vibrant Vista Tour de Shore community, whether you join us to cycle or just show your support by supporting one of our riders or teams! Register today by clicking here.
More to come!