Some things are made to go together. That’s kind of how we feel about our new partnership with the Bloomin’ Metric, the local bike ride named to Bicycling magazine’s 50 Best Rides in the country list and as the Best Ride in Connecticut. People out in the fresh air, getting some activity on National Cancer Survivor’s Day all while raising funds for the Bennett Cancer Center? Sounds like Hope in Motion to us!
We caught up with two Hope in Motion veterans who are also riders, Nick Risom (our Event Chairman) and Ned Burns (a Committee member and past BCC patient), to hear more about the Bloomin’ Metric and what our riders can look forward to. Both know a thing or two about riding. Ned says he’s been riding since the training wheels came off his 3-speed banana bike, and Nick concurs, although he got his first official road bike in 2002.
The ride, organized by the Sound Cyclists Bicycle Club in 1977, will take place on Sunday, June 1st at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, CT. With 40-, 75-, and 100-kilometer routes, there are options for varying levels of riders. Nick, who has participated in the past and has done the 100-kilometer route, says the ride is really well-managed and really enjoyable, “especially around the reservoirs and the rolling hills of Easton.”
Both are excited about partnering with the Bloomin’ Metric for our Hope in Motion Ride. Nick notes, “I look forward to riding with the 2,500 other riders on a great course right in our backyard as we focus on fighting cancer and supporting the BCC!” Bringing the best parts of both groups into one event is what it’s all about.
Although the riders won’t be in Columbus Park this year, Ned points out an important fact, “I will miss being in the park, but I know the goal has not changed and it provides us with an opportunity to spread the message and raise more money for the BCC!” Ned should know. He’s been one of our top fundraisers year after year. “I am coming up on the 10th anniversary of finishing my treatment for non-Hodgkin Lymphoma at the BCC. This is great way to give back to the place that did so much for me and to ensure that, going forward, it can help as many families as possible.”
It sounds like it’s going to be a great ride, so don’t delay your registration. For the past few years, the event has sold out! Nick offers this last motivator, “This is one of the best local riding events of the year and now it supports the BCC, what better motivation is there?” You can register here and then form your Hope in Motion fundraising team here. Or if you want to join Nick’s team (Wheels of Hope) or Ned’s team (Living the Dream), you’re welcome to do so.
Thanks Nick and Ned for all you do for Hope in Motion! We’ll see you on your bikes (minus the banana seats).