Each year the Dougherty Valley/San Ramon Rotary Foundation organizes a bike ride event that goes to benefit the local non-profit, Sentinels of Freedom. The event is held in two parts, a bicycle ride that starts in the morning and a Hopfest in the afternoon. This year’s event will take place on September 17th, 2016. The event is aptly named the Veteran’s Victory Velo or V3 Hopfest, as money raised by the event are to be used by Sentinels of Freedom to provide multi-faceted scholarship for wounded veterans; proceeds raised by the Hopfest help support the Rotary foundation.
Participants have the option to choose between 30, 60, or 100 mile ride options that take riders through the foothills of Mount Diablo, San Ramon Valley, and Livermore Valley. The Hopfest will feature 20 craft breweries, live music, and food trucks. Hundreds of cyclists and supporters of Sentinels of Freedom have come out in recent years to support the V3 event, and hundreds more who choose not to participate in the actual bike ride, attend the Hopfest.