On the last weekend in June, a biking team sponsored by local gay dance club and bar Club Try-Angles raised nearly $12,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during the annual Harmons MS Best Dam Bike Tour, which will be used for research into the disease.
Led by captain Brandon Dillon, the team of 13 bikers rode 75-100 miles through Cache Valley on June 28 and 29 with some team members biking the full course of 175 miles (including a trip up and down Blacksmith Fork Canyon).
Additionally, Team Try-Angles was listed as the 9th highest non-corporate fundraising team to participate in this year’s ride.
“Considering numerous teams had anywhere from double to ten times the number of riders, it shows the level of dedication of each member of Team Try-Angles,” said team leader Adam Frost.
The team also had a little fun off-road with Kamp Try-Angles, their home base in the Team Village area, complete with rainbow lanterns, a massage table, funky inflatable furniture and even a margarita station. Sadly, the Kamp’s use of power knocked out the event’s speakers, so they could only run the Kamp between important announcements.
Formed by Dillon and Craig Brimmer, the team was the first officially queer team to ride in the tour. The team was named for sponsor and Club Try-Angles owner Gene Gieber, who has had several family members affected by the disease.
The team will train for the rest of the summer and welcomes new and experienced riders who are queer-identified or gay-friendly. To sign up or to get more information email [email protected] There is also still time to donate to Team Try-angles. To do so, visit bikeutu.NationalMSSociety.org, click on “team list” and locate Team Try-Angles. A sister site for cycling enthusiasts who support the team can also be found at cycleout.terapad.com.