Agonizing ride reaps rewards |

Agonizing ride reaps rewards

The 22nd-annual, 24-hour Agony Ride hit the roadways of the Sierra Valley during the weekend and reportedly wound up in similar fashion to its previous 21 bicycle rides: a huge success for the Christian Encounter Ministries’ cause.

According to CEM Director Mike Petrillo, the event raised more than $104,000 for the nonprofit program that provides spiritual, emotional and educational help for young people.

“These funds are a significant part of the annual budget of CEM, and will insure that the program will continue to provide the needed services for troubled youth,” Petrillo said. “Special thanks are due to the 200 volunteers who provided support and gear for the riders. They did a fantastic job of assisting the riders through the night. We could not do it without them.”

The event began at 1 p.m. Friday at Loyalton, west of Truckee in the Sierra Valley. Sixty-eight cyclists from around California, and from as far as Nebraska, Minnesota and Indiana, participated in the fund-raiser for CEM’s residential counseling program.

Following a 50-mile loop course, the cyclists combined total mileage was 12,806 miles. Six local riders led the field by each riding 313 miles in 24 hours. Suzanne Hartley, Doug Parrott, Bob McKinney and Jon Cerrona – all of Grass Valley – along with Nevada City’s Jon Palmer and Dave Robinson, were the top six.

Hartley and Larry Krasky of Walnut Creek each raised more than $8,000 in pledges to lead all riders in terms of sponsorship.

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