Thursday July 09, 2015
The Kelly Brush Century Ride, powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, hits a milestone this year celebrating 10 years of cyclists supporting the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to empower those living with paralysis through sport and recreation and to improve ski-racing safety.
The 10th anniversary ride is set for Saturday, September 12 in Middlebury. Rated Vermont’s best century ride by Vermont Sports Magazine, last year’s event drew more than 700 riders. The ride is also the region’s largest for adaptive athletes using handcycles, with dozens of participants taking part annually.
“It’s amazing what we’ve been able to accomplish in a decade thanks to support from hundreds of dedicated riders, volunteers and our sponsors,” said Kelly Brush Foundation Executive Director Zeke Davisson. “Fundraising from the ride has enabled the foundation to help improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injuries by purchasing more than 300 pieces of adaptive sports equipment and protecting thousands of racers across the country with safety netting and trail widening projects, raising the bar for ski racing safety and injury prevention. But this is only the start; we are looking forward to what we can accomplish in the next decade.”
Since the ride’s inception in 2006, the foundation has raised more than $2 million.
“VBT is honored to be alongside the Kelly Brush Foundation celebrating ten years of cycling for a great cause,” said Gregg Marston, president of VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. “We are proud to be part of an event that brings together so many cyclists for a rewarding and fun spin through some of the most scenic cycling on the planet.”
Fully supported with water and food stops throughout, the ride offers gently rolling terrain with great views and several distance options: 25, 50 or 100 miles, with cutoff options of 65 or 85 miles. Riders and teams of riders compete to raise the most money with prizes for reaching fundraising goals. The ride ends with a tasty and festive barbecue.
The ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team in 2006 as a way to buy an adaptive monoski and handcycle for team member Kelly Brush Davisson, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. The next year the ride was opened to the public, with proceeds used to support the foundation’s mission.
For more information about the Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT or to register or volunteer, visit www.kellybrushfoundation.org.