Safe Harbor’s 8th Annual Cycle Tour – June 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

"Safe Harbor’s 8th Annual Cycle Tour – June 1, 2013" text on top of a photo of a bicycle in motion

On June 1 at 8:15am, the eighth edition of the Safe Harbor Cycle Tour will roll out from the Civic Center in Iva, SC.  It has become a yearly tradition for many cyclists throughout the Upstate and beyond.  Crowds have grown each year and, though technically it’s a tour where folks are encouraged to come enjoy a ride through our scenic countryside, this ride has also attracted a wide range of serious cyclists and multi-sport athletes.  It is a fun, fast and interesting course.  Above all else, the Cycle Tour is for a very worthy cause.

The ride benefits Safe Harbor, a nonprofit organization serving victims of domestic violence and their children in Anderson, Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee counties. Safe Harbor provides shelter, counseling, advocacy, and support services for victims of domestic violence and their children, and domestic violence prevention and education for the Upstate community.

The Cycle Tour starts in Iva and then rolls into northern Abbeville County through hills that form the banks of the Savannah River, Lake Russell and Lake Secession. Then the course heads back into southern Anderson County where the terrain levels.  This is Mennonite country and the roadsides are dotted with picturesque farms and country homes.  The last ten miles start to roll again.  There’s even one hill about seven miles from the finish that borders on being a genuine climb.

After the Cycle Tour, lunch awaits at the Iva Civic Center.

Riders can choose between three courses this year – 25-miles, 42-miles, or 65-miles (metric-century course).  The $40 registration fee includes a t-shirt, lunch, snacks, SAG, and course map.  Or, register for $110 for an event jersey as well.  All proceeds from this event will benefit Safe Harbor.  Register online at www.safeharborcycletour.org.

Come see why this ride was rated the best in the area.  It’s the cause.  It’s the course.  It’s a great time!

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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