Ready2Roll Cycling is excited to present an inaugural planned ride on Saturday, Sept. 16, entitled Pedal Away Alzheimer’s Ride. Starting at 8am from the Austin County Fair and Convention Grounds in Bellville the route options are open to riders of all levels and will include various ride distances from 22, 39, 48, or 65 miles of cycling. The routes will include law enforcement at key intersections, SAG support, porta-lets at the start and finish as well as at the fully stocked rest stops. Mechanical support will be provided by Bike Barn and Sun & Ski Sports. The ride will end with a fun post-ride party. As part of the BP MS 150 Recommended Rides, this fall ride will be well supported and well attended.
“We selected the Bellville/New Ulm area because it offers great roads that are quiet with gently, rolling hills,” says Marshall Cohen, the event organizer. “The scenery is beautiful and community quite welcoming. We received a lot of positive feedback from our riders during our training series and thought it was ideal for the event. Jan, Steve, Robbie and I have seen family members impacted by Alzheimer’s so, when we decided to organize this ride, we agreed that it would be ideal to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Approximately 480,000 people—almost half a million—age 65 or older will develop Alzheimer’s dementia in the U.S. in 2017. Alzheimer’s remains the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or slowed.
“Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s dementia,” says Samantha Duffy, Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Chapter constituent events coordinator. “By mid-century, someone in the U.S. will develop the disease every 33 seconds. We are so proud to be able to partner with great groups like Ready2Roll Cycling to help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and all the education and support opportunities offered by the Alzheimer’s Association.”
Ready2Roll Cycling has a long-standing, well-established reputation in the greater Houston cycling community for the development and implementation of a fully supported, comprehensive 14-week training program to help riders prepare for the annual BP MS 150. With an excess of 1,800 riders enrolled each year, riders learn to ride safely and courteously, improve their fitness level and become great ambassadors in the community for cycling. To learn more about Ready2Roll Cycling go to www.Ready2RollCycling.com.
This ride is open to the general public and online registration is well under way at: www.thedriven.net and commemorative shirts will be provided to the first 500 riders to register. Packet Pickup will be hosted at Sun & Ski Sports, 6100 Westheimer, from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, Sept 9, and at Bike Barn, 5339 Weslayan, from 10am to 6pm on Wednesday, Sept 13. Packets can also be picked up from 6:30-7:30am on the day of the ride.
Cost to Register
Volunteer opportunities are available both before the event as well as the day of the ride. Ready2Roll Cycling encourages people to get involved through the volunteer sign-up page at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PedalAwayAlzmeimers2017
Sabrina Strawn, volunteer manager with the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, states, “As a passionate cyclist, I am excited about an event that brings riders and the Alzheimer’s Association together. We know that if you have a brain, you are at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. We are always grateful when we get to partner with organizations that help us educate the community about Alzheimer’s disease and our mission. I hope Houston cyclists and volunteers will help support this new and exciting event.”
About Ready2Roll Cycling
Ready2Roll Cycling is the perfect fun and safe cycling training program that can help prepare riders for annual Bike MS activities as well as most other cycling events. Participants in the training series can learn proper riding techniques, safety etiquette, riding in groups, basic bicycle maintenance, and tips on fundraising for the Bike MS events.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information, visit www.alz.org.