300 Miles for Mentoring: Epic ride for Big Brother Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sept. 13, 2013 will mark the start of the fourth annual 300-mile bicycle ride by the dedicated TahoeStaff Cycling Team in honor of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe (BBBSNC).
Hardy Bullock, the ride founder and BBBSNC board member, originally created the event as a way to highlight and promote the mission of the organization, and celebrate the local success of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in the Truckee-Tahoe community.
Riders Carey Thrasher, Ken Bossung and Hardy Bullock have all completed the 300-mile non-stop ride for the past three years, with ambitious friends joining every year. This year Kurtis Sakai, a strong long haul rider who designs shoes for a living will travel from Ojai, Calif. to join the group, along with returning rider Scott Hanson.
Hanson, principal with Hanson McClain Financial Advisors of Sacramento, rides in support of the kids, while generously supporting the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization through his platinum sponsorship.
“You have to have a reason to do a ride this long. It becomes difficult to sit on your bike and pedal for 30 hours … You need a mantra, a source of inspiration and sometimes a source of conflict,” said Bullock.
“Many times great athletes and great human beings exist at odds with what they want for the world and what they can change or control. I find this struggle at times inspires me and grounds me.
“Recently, at a Big Brothers Big Sisters event in Truckee, I listened to a young man named Fernando. He’s 11-years-old — my son Austin’s age — and fortunately, he has a Big Brother. Fernando lives with his grandmother, but she cannot afford to do the things that will help him thrive.
“However, I listened to this young man recount his transformation from an angry kid who resented his situation to a kid who reads constantly and sees the world as an opportunity, instead of a threat, when he stood up in front of 200 people and talked about how his life had been changed forever by the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the support of his Big Brother Eric.
“This is why Carey and Ken and I, and a few of our buddies, do this ride every year — because this program changes lives, plain and simple,” concluded Bullock.
This year’s ride will take the riders on a non-stop loop, departing downtown Truckee on Sept. 13 from CoffeeBar, and returning to CoffeeBar at noon on the Sept. 14.
A huge party catered by RedTruck will start at noon Sept. 14 and run until 3 p.m., with proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County & North Lake Tahoe.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe (BBBSNC) is a chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a national nonprofit agency dedicated to creating a volunteer base where every at-risk child and youth who needs and wants a mentor can be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. BBBSNC serves children in all of Nevada County including Truckee, as well as the North Lake Tahoe communities of Kings Beach and Tahoe City.
View a video of last year’s finish click here.
For more information call 530-587-7717.
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