From Pacific to Sierra, cyclists pedal for youngsters
Three Truckee cyclists plan to pedal across the state to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County at the end of the month.
It isn’t just the 300-mile route from Fort Bragg, through Grass Valley and Nevada City up to Truckee that makes the fundraiser an impressive undertaking – it’s the fact the trio plans to ride from coast to mountain top nonstop.
“I originally thought about putting on an event, but then I thought it would be more inspirational to the people involved to push myself and others to the limit, to set an example for the kids involved that you can always do more, do better, try harder and get involved in something that’s good,” said Hardy Bullock, the cyclist who came up with the ride. “So riding nonstop across the state from the ocean to the top of the mountains made sense.”
Bullock, an employee of Truckee Tahoe Airport who grew up in Nevada City, first raised funds on two wheels for the youth program last summer by participating in the Everest Challenge, a two-day bike ride along the eastern Sierra that climbed a cumulative 29,000 feet; the height of Mt. Everest.
He collected about $2,200 last year. This year, with the addition of friends and teammates on the Elijah Bleu’s cycling team – Carey Thrasher and Ken Bossung – Bullock said he hopes to raise $7,000.
They’ve raised approximately $4,500 so far.
“I believe in the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does. They offer everybody in the community a way to help kids at the most important time in their lives,” Bullock said.
That funding has the potential to create five new matches between “bigs” and “littles,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Dena Valin, adding to the 150 matches county-wide.
“I just can’t imagine what he’s doing. He really wants to raise awareness and his way is to do something grand that not many could accomplish,” Valin said of Bullock. “He’s letting people know what we do and I hope he inspires more people to mentor.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters typically pairs adults, and some high school students, as “bigs,” with children 6 to 18 years old as “littles,” for a year or more of activities three to four times a month.
To contact Staff Writer Greyson Howard, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4237.
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