Self-described as the only major ride in Colorado to serve multiple efforts to contribute to peace and positive change, the 2010 installment of the Colorado Peace Ride is scheduled to take off Thursday from Durango.
The ride, which lasts four days, will encompass 238 miles, with the $400 entry fee going to raising funds to support the Sophia Peace Center, which provides training and support for a wide variety of charitable groups supporting causes such as the environment, education, human rights, social justice, health, arts or spirituality.
These are the unsung heroes who make our world worth living in, tour director Isabelle Stone said in a release. Lets help them do what they care about most.
The 167 riders from 20 states will set out from Durango on Thursday, winding their way across 74 miles to Ouray, braving the Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes along the way.
After a night of camping, the riders will continue to Telluride, before setting up camp for another night in preparation for Saturdays 60-mile ride over Lizard Head Pass to Dolores.
The ride comes to a close Sunday as riders take off from Dolores, finishing back at Fort Lewis College.
While a majority of the riders come from Colorado, participants from as far away as New Hampshire, Florida, Virginia and Massachusetts are expected to attend.
As for the local riders, Durangoans Joe Creech, Vanessa Wilde, Linda Bunk, Cindy Dunbar, Lily Oswald, Erica Michaud, Andre Paul Michaud, Ellen Stein and Connie Robb will participate. Bayfield riders Pete Nast, Patrick Cummins, Diane Legner, Laura Boe, Patricia Roy and Brad Roy will join Hesperus native Camille DeVera on the ride.
The route is fantastic, and the staff takes such good care of us. Peace is where I want to be, Nast said.
Durangoan Nancy Logan, also in the Colorado Peace Ride, has earmarked some of her funds to benefit the Ssejinja Childrens Foundation, which focuses on the needs of underpriviledged children in Uganda.
The Colorado Peace Ride is a great way to combine things I care about: my interest in peace, my enjoyment of bicycling and my commitment to action, she said.
Stein, who hosts KDUR 91.9 FMs Outta This World radio show, began riding in the event after working with the Peace Corps in Mali in West Africa.
Now I get to (ride the San Juans) with the security and camaraderie of cyclists who share my love for cycling and have the same values, she said. Its special.
Those wishing to support Logans cause or the ride in general can visit the events website at www.thepeaceride.com.