The Agony pays off: 24-hour bike ride raises more than $120K |

The Agony pays off: 24-hour bike ride raises more than $120K

The Christian Encounters Ministries hosted their 32nd annual Agony Ride in the Sierra Valley this past weekend. Riders are: Bob Bayly, Scott Fletcher, Paul McClain, and Caryn Galeckas. for more photos from the ride visit and click on this story.
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Christian Encounter Ministries completed its 32nd annual 24-Hour Agony Bicycle Ride Saturday near Loyalton, CA.

The Grass Valley based organization raises funds for its residential high school and counseling programs through the event.

This year 89 riders raised more than $120,176 for student programs in the 24 hours of Agony.

“This year’s Agony Ride was one of the smoothest and best of the 32 Agony Rides.” Executive Director, Mike Petrillo said. “We had riders from ages 16 to 70 participate and more than 200 volunteers helped make it a great event. Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the work of CEM.”

The four leading riders were all from Nevada County as Katherine Erickson, Terry Brown, Dave Robinson, and Ed Townsend all reached 329 miles.

Top fund-raisers were Caryn Galeckas at $6,824 and Jonathan Palmer at $5,478. Both also passed the 300-mile mark.

Last year’s ride brought in a record $153,000 (approximately), and since the ride’s inception $2.5 million has been raised, said Charlie Cazin.

Coaches and event organizers may submit reports by email at or by phone at 530-477-4232.

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