Vermont’s largest charity ride, the Kelly Brush Century Ride powered by VBT Bicycle and Walking Vacations, is set for Sept. 7 in Middlebury. Now in its eighth year, the ride has raised over $1 million for adaptive athletes and ski racing safety. In addition to drawing more bicyclists than any other charity ride in the state, the event is the region’s largest for adaptive athletes using handcycles.
Funds raised through the ride support the Kelly Brush Foundation’s mission to conquer the challenges of paralysis through love of sport by helping athletes with spinal cord injuries purchase specialized sports equipment. The foundation has awarded grants for adaptive gear for skiing, cycling, bowling, rowing, and even horse carriage racing.
“Everyone who participates in the Kelly Brush Century Ride contributes to improving the quality of life for those with spinal cord injuries and helps to make ski racing safer,” Kelly Brush Foundation President Charlie Brush said. “On the day of the ride, it’s awesome to see so many cyclists out on the road alongside handcyclists all spinning for the same goals. Whether riding 100 miles or 25 miles, all the riders share in the inspiration of the day.”
Last year, 650 riders participated, supported by 100 volunteers, raising over $250,000 for the Kelly Brush Foundation. Participants in the Kelly Brush Century Ride have helped the foundation award over 60 grants for adaptive equipment and put over 400 miles of safety netting onto race courses across the country.
The scenic ride offers several distance options: 25, 50, or 100 miles, with options to ride 65 or 85 miles. Register online at www.kellybrushfoundation.org.