Special to Island Connection News
On Sunday, October 14, cyclists from around the Lowcountry will join renowned professional cyclists George Hincapie and Robin Farina for the 5th Annual Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope.
The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope is a charity bike ride through the scenic Francis Marion National Forest, and all ride proceeds go to support local cancer charities. This year, the Ride will reach the $500,000 mark in dollars returned to the community to support patients and families dealing with cancer.
The Ride for Hope includes a 100k route for serious cyclists, 30-mile ride, and a casual family ride. Live music and lunch donated by Carrabbas awaits riders afterwards at Awendaw Green, the beginning and ending points of the ride. The courses are clearly marked, with police escort and sag-wagons, and rest stops along the way. Helmets are required, and bicycle riders of all ages and abilities are welcome.
This 5th anniversary of the Ride for Hope will be the fourth time George Hincapie has come to join and support the riders. One of the most recognized professional cyclists in the world, Hincapie has completed the brutal Tour de France 15 times, and in seven of those 15, he escorted Lance Armstrong to victory. During the Ride for Hope he and women’s pro Farina will ride alongside cyclists, so this is a terrific opportunity to mix and mingle with some of the best cyclists in the world.
The Jerry Zucker Ride for Hope honors all those who have battled cancer, including Zucker, the Charleston businessman and philanthropist who died of brain cancer in 2008, and also including both parents and mother-in-law of the ride founder and director, Dawson Cherry. The ride is made possible by generous sponsors and by individual fundraisers: all participants either ride as part of a sponsor’s team or commit to raising or donating $500 to the cause. Riders receive a custom Hincapie bicycling jersey along with other “swag,” all valued at $200.
“Cancer touches so many people. It’s an honor to ride in their honor, and to it’s really gratifying to see the big-hearted bicycling community come together to do our part to further the ongoing fight against cancer,” says Dawson Cherry.
The Ride for Hope benefits local cancer charities such as Share Our Suzy, Camp Happy Days as well as Hollings Cancer Center, Roper St. Francis Cancer Care, Lutheran Hospice and many others that have direct impact on local cancer patients.
To register or for more information, visit the Ride for Hope website at www.charlestonrideforhope.com.