Ride for Gerry “Chief” Frierdich and your chance to Win a Bacchetta

Friends and family of Gerry Frierdich are teaming up with The Touring Cyclist bicycle shop and the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society of Belleville, Illinois to put on a benefit ride for Gerry “Chief” Frierdich.
Gerry “Chief” Frierdich was critically injured on August, 19th 2007, when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his Bacchetta Giro 26.As a result of the accident, Gerry is now a quadriplegic.Having overcome the initial hurdles, Gerry continues to work hard in physical and occupational therapy with inspiring achievements thus far.
While Gerry has continued to make progress, the reality is that his life will never be the same.His medical costs and day-to-day living expenses are astronomical, but you can help!
On June 1st 2008 a benefit ride will be sponsored by the Touring Cyclist Bicycle Shop, the Belleville Area Bicycling and Eating Society and the friends and family of Gerry.All proceeds from the ride will go towards paying for Gerry’s medical and living expenses.
Bacchetta is proud to play a small part in this event, by donating two Bacchetta Bellandare’s that will be raffled off the day of the event.
For more information on the ride, go to: http://www.chiefgetwell.com/roadtorecovery.htm

Ray’s Ride for Melanoma and Spina Bifida

You hear a lot from Bacchetta about ultra distance events; Sebring, RAAM, etc. These events have proven to be a great promotional tool over the years, not only for Bacchetta, but for recumbents in general. While competitive events, they also have a large dose of fun involved also.

On Sunday, March 30th 2008, Ray Taylor is undertaking an ultra distance event of his own; a cross country trip that starts in San Diego, CA and ends in St. Augustine, FL. But Ray isn’t doing this for himself, his agenda is quite different. Below is an excerpt from Ray’s website: http://www.raysride.org

Ray’s Ride is dedicated to the effort of raising money for the medical research of Melanoma Cancer and the birth defect, Spina Bifida. This effort is a tribute to my daughter, Kristen Taylor-Cameron who has fought melanoma since 2003, and to my granddaughter Grace Glaros, born February 14th, 2008, with spina bifida. So… this challenge might aptly be named, “The Great Race for Kristen and Grace”.

So take the time and check out Ray’s website and support him in any way you can. Even if it’s only an email saying; we’re rooting for you, I’m sure that Ray and his family would appreciate it.