August 10, 2012
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Community
On Saturday, September 17, six cyclists are preparing for the biggest ride of their lives.
Why? For kids, of course!
For the fourth year in a row Hardy Bullock, Carey Thrasher and Ken Bossung – all members of the Tahoe Staff Cycling Team – will attempt to ride non-stop together for 300 miles to raise funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe’s mentoring programs for at-risk youth.
Joining them this year will be new riders Chris Barry, Scott Hanson and Jeremy Schneir, who will join the veterans on a new route that starts and finishes in Truckee, Calif. with breaks in Sacramento, Grass Valley and Nevada City along the way.
According to ride organizer Hardy Bullock, the team is excited about this year’s ride because, “We get to visit communities that are important to us. We live, work and play in the Sierra, so I’m excited to be riding the route we’ve chosen.”
This year’s ride follows on the heels of last year’s 300 Miles for Mentoring ride, which saw the original three cyclists cover 300 miles from Fort Bragg, Calif. to Truckee.
According to Bullock, “This year’s route should be very challenging. Last year we crossed the Sacramento Valley; this year we pretty much ride rolling hills and long continuous climbs all day and night. The toughest part of the ride will be the 15,000 foot climb at night from Nevada City to Truckee.”
Asked what motivates him to keep pushing his limits year after year, Bullock said it’s all about the kids:
“I feel a deep connection to kids who need guidance and support. I feel that as a community we can affect their lives in a positive way now and create a better society in the long run. It is also important that my children understand the value of helping others. They inspire me in a profound way; I want to be their hero. My favorite quote is by Winston Churchill: ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’”
To sponsor the riders and help bring Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs to more local youth, please visit www.firstgiving.org/fundraiser/300miles.