Eleven gay and lesbian cyclists and allies are registered to represent Team Try-Angles in the 2012 Harmon’s Best Dam Bike Ride, the annual two-day cycle event benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The ride will take place June 23–24. The team has so far raised about $1,500 through online donations and over $500 at an event at Club Try-Angles, last Sunday afternoon. This is the sixth year the group has ridden together, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the MS Society.
Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $250 to participate in the ride. Gene Gieber at Club Try-Angles, who has several family members affected by MS, donates each year as well.
The ride takes place each year in Logan, Utah, beginning at the Cache County Fairgrounds, where individual cyclists, teams and their support volunteers camp overnight for an early Saturday morning start at 7 a.m. The ride is fully supported with rest stops every 10 to 15 miles and a stop on the course for lunch. If a rider cannot make that day’s route, they are picked up on the road and taken back to camp.
Last year, the team chose the 75-mile ride.
“Saturday’s participants had the option of riding 40 miles, 75 miles or a century (100 miles). The majority of Team Try-Angles’ riders chose the 75-mile option, and some even tackled the century,” team leader Brandon Dillon said after the ride. “The course on Saturday is mostly flat and heads north from Logan, into Idaho, then heads south back to Logan.”
Dillon said about half of the team rode either a 40- or 75-mile ride on Sunday as well. The 75-mile ride took cyclists up the Blacksmith Fork Canyon to Hardware Ranch, then back west over the Hyrum Dam and back into Logan.
Bike MS is the largest organized cycling event in the United States, with more than 100 rides in 48 states and nearly 100,000 cyclists raising more than $85 million a year. MS is a disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body. More than 400,000 people in the US are affected by the disease and Utah ranks as one of the states with the highest incidence rates, affecting one in 300 in the state.
Riders this year include Brandon Dillon, Greg Colf, David Cowley, Michelle Dahle, Anthony Dever, Adam Frost, David Jensen, Larry Lee, Dona Rodriguez, Jeffrey Wood and Teri Yool. (You can click on any of their names to donate.)