Bicyclists conquer weather for Hope

Bicylists Chris Bishop, Tom and Haley Roark, Roger Widenoja and John Widenoja, were all smiles as they headed out for a grueling tour of northern Lake County for the Outback Ride for Hope fundraiser. The event aimed to bring in funds for the New Beginnings Intervention Center, located in Christmas Valley, to help victims of abuse.

Several bicyclist braved wind, rain and hail on Saturday, June 10 for the annual Outback Ride for Hope in Christmas Valley. 

Organized by the New Beginnings Intervention Center, the second annual charity ride saw seven participants who began at Floweree Park and take to the 53 miles of road. “The conditions weren’t ideal, but they stuck it out,” Carri Maganzini, New Beginnings director, said. All but one rider finished the course that covered much of Christmas Valley. 

The riders were assisted along the way by community service workers who provided water and support should they need it. Each station was stocked with water, granola bars and muffins. 

It took nearly four hours for all the riders to cross the finish line. Each received a goody bag with a commemorative T-shirt, chapstick, nylon bag and Lake County magazine. 

Maganizini said that though the numbers were few, everyone who came out had a fun time on the long course and through the harsh weather. She added that the conditions were a definite deterrent for other riders. She is hoping to keep the event an annual occasion to support New Beginnings and will be one that the North Lake community can get behind. 

Sponsors for the event included Christmas Valley Market, Sagewood Grocery Store, Sid’s Produce and Fort Rock Restaurant. 

New Beginnings Intervention Center is a non-profit organization intended to create an environment where violence and abuse are not tolerated in the community. The center provides education, violence prevention services and crisis intervention to victims of family violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

For more information about New Beginnings or the Outback Ride for Hope, call 541-576-3009. 

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