The ride from Pismo Beach to the Danish tourist town of Solvang is one of the most memorable of the Challenge. It begins with the Oceana Elementary school cycling club joining us as we ride to their school, it continues with the tremendous lunch stop at the American Legion post in Orcutt, and finishes with tailwinds which enable fast speeds into town.
The weather cooperated again with another spectacular fall California afternoon. The mostly flat route through the central coast region did have one challenging climb up to Vandenburg AFB. It is especially more difficult because it is the only part of the route with a stiff headwind.
The California ride is by far the most popular of the UnitedHealthcare Challenge Series. With the fantastic scenery, everyday ocean views, great mountains, and the impressive California weather, it is easy to see why. From the very first year, the ride attracts the largest number of general public participants who raise $3,000 each in order to ride. Each of those riders has their own unique way of raising their money with creative fundraising ideas.
One of the riders who has ridden every year is Roger Coggins from Redlands, California. Roger annually has some of the best ideas on how to reach his goal. This year he organized a BBQ at his local American Legion, made and sold some custom T-shirts, and enlisted help from his coworkers at the Allbertson’s grocery warehouse. Roger always rides because he wants to give back to those who have served and have experienced a mental or physical injury. He loves cycling and he loves helping the healing heroes of Ride 2 Recovery. Thank you Roger for your continued support.
Tomorrow the rides heads to the beach community of Ventura with a stop in Santa Barbara.
Ride 2 Recovery is a 501c3 organization. All donations are tax deductible.