Les Wooldridge, HBC River Ride’s Adaptive Athlete Coordinator, wrote to let us know the HBC will once again invite and focus attention on adaptive athletes during its annual River Ride based on a referral from Sue Buckley, a visually impaired cyclist and tri-athlete whom we’ve come to know through tandem-related cyber-discussions. Sue, Les and Mike Willman, the 2010 River Ride Coordinator, have all attend one of the Paralympic Training Camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where Sue trained as well. It was that experience that inspired Les & Mike to make adaptive athletes a major focus for the River Ride.
From one of Sue’s notes came this mini-review of last year’s River Ride:
I personally rode this ride last year and it was top-notch. Wonderful route and a good choice of mileage selection. The rest stops even had a theme for each one and they competed to be the best and most fun. My personal favorite was the Jimmy Buffett tent. Lots of fruit and even good music to chill out with while enjoying my fruit slush.
A big cookout ended my miles on the road. Enjoyed visiting with the many cyclist and checking out their gear while having a Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Hope to see some of you there. It would be nice to meet some of our list members in person. I heard rumor that Pam Fernandez [TG: who captured gold and a world’s record in cycling at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games] is planning to ride again this year.
You can learn more about the River Ride by visiting their Web site HERE. Or, you can jump right to the Adaptive Athletes page HERE. We’ll also be adding a link to the event from our companion Web site in the next week.