Fattening Up

The National Sports Center for the Disabled and the American Red Cross are expecting more than 500 riders for this weekend’s Fat Tire Classic mountain-bike pledge ride at Winter Park, up by more than 100 participants over 2009.

“It’s a great way to introduce people to the mountain-biking trails up here and a great way to bring more awareness and support to our adaptive sports programs,” says Ashley Hinkle, special events director for NCSD, noting that the Classic route includes options for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders on trails and singletrack, plus a family-friendly cruiser ride along the paved Fraser River Trail. “We’ve got a lot of new trails on the route, a very fun party in Hideaway Park on Saturday night, and some great clinics for cycling, yoga and adaptive sports all weekend.”

Registration is $200 ($25 for youth under fifteen) at www.Events.NCSD.org: Pay a $50 non-refundable deposit up front, then collect pledges to raise the rest. The starting line is open on Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 10 a.m.

“The money goes directly to supporting our programs and equipment costs for our athletes, many of whom will be out on the trails participating in the ride,” Hinkle says. “When you see one of our athletes pass you on the trail riding a handcycle, it will really help make the connection between what you’re participating in and the organization you’re supporting.”
July 16-18, 2010

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