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Chelsea Green participation in “Point-to-Point” ride a great success

As you may have seen previously, a bunch of us here at Chelsea Green signed up to participate in the Harpoon Brewery’s “Point-to-Point” charity bike ride. The ride took place this past Saturday, and, despite sometimes-heavy rain, we had a blast. Team members included Brianne Goodspeed, Jesse McDougall, Jonathan Teller-Elsberg, Dennis Pacheco, Jessica Saturley, and friends-of-Chelsea Green, Cally Wheeler, former CGPer and now Valley News reporter Erin Hanrahan, and Farm and Wilderness counselor Karen Ganey–the latter two, plus Brianne, decked out in matching green capes. I think this was their first outing as the new Upper Valley Auxiliary Super Heroes.

We participated in the 25-mile loop ride—there were simultaneous 50-mile and 110-mile point-to-point rides as part of the event, but given the uneven fitness levels in our team, the 25-miler was the right choice for us. (I think Brianne and Jessica might be the only ones capable of doing the longer rides at the moment, but Jesse and Cally took oaths that next year they’d be ready for 50 big, bad miles.) Our start was delayed by the onset of bad weather. Up-to-the-minute weather predictions were calling for severe storming on our path at the planned start of 1pm. As it turned out, that storm shifted further south—but it was a doozy we’re glad we didn’t have to bike through, with reports of half-inch hail, forty-mile-per-hour winds, and lightning that gave the Beijing Olympics fireworks show a run for its money. The volunteer “safety guru” for the ride regaled us with statistics about the 62 people who were killed by lightening last year in the U.S. Having been properly forewarned, we looked deep into our hearts and decided to uphold the Chelsea Green motto of “honor above all, biking above honor!” And off we went. We didn’t get pelted with hail, but we did get drenched through and through.

Worst moment: one mile from the finish, Cally hit a dinger of a pot-hole that buster her real tire flat. Best moment: Cally coming in to the finish with a smile on her face, not fazed in the slightest by her little mishap. (That, plus the sausage sandwiches being cranked out by the folks at the Vermont Smoke and Cure tent. Oh, and the Harpoon beer tent. Oh, and the Gifford’s Ice Cream tent. To which I went for seconds.)

And what was it all for? Not only did we have some good Chelsea Green biking and bonding, we also raised $486 for the Vermont Food Bank, which was the focus of the charity event. That total, by the way, is only “so far,” as the event fundraising window remains open for another month, I think. So if you haven’t given $10 (or more!) to the cause but would like to and have the means, feel free to mosey your way over to our fundraising page.


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