REGION – Five hand cyclists are set to ride the full 100-mile course in the 12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations to support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to empower those with paralysis through sport and recreation and to prevent ski racing injuries.
The event is Saturday, Sept. 9 in Middlebury, Vt. Vermont’s largest charity ride draws more than 700 riders and several dozen hand cyclists from across the country and Canada. Last year’s ride raised more than $450,000.
“Riding 100 miles on a hand cycle is quite a feat. We are honored and awed by the commitment that these cyclists are making to support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for those with paralysis and to work with the ski racing community to make racing safer. Their example is an inspiration for everyone, whether riding 20 miles or 100,” said Kelly Brush Foundation Executive Director Zeke Davisson.
Riders signed up to do the 100-mile loop on hand cycles are Chris Waddell of Park City, Utah; Geoff Krill of North Woodstock, N.H.; Mike Wade of Silver Lake, N.H.; Owen Anketell of Hudson, Mass.; and Chris Collin of Hollis Center, Maine.
Funds raised from the event have contributed to the purchase of more than 475 pieces of adaptive sports equipment such as handcycles, sport wheelchairs, and monoskis to enrich the lives of those with paralysis. In addition, the foundation has supported ski clubs and race organizations in efforts to improve ski racing safety, helping protect thousands of racers around the country with safety netting, trail widening projects and awareness campaigns.
The event’s title sponsor, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, continues to enthusiastically support the event and the foundation’s mission.
“This year will be our sixth as title sponsor of the Kelly Brush Ride. We are honored to be a part of the tradition that this ride has become and to be a part of an event that makes a positive difference in the lives of so many through sport and recreation,” said Timo Shaw, president of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations.
The ride offers rolling terrain through the Champlain Valley over several distance options from 20 to 100 miles. Riders and teams of riders compete to raise the most money with prizes for reaching fundraising goals. The ride ends with a well-earned and festive barbecue.