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230 bicyclists to take on the Death Ride
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Posted on June 08 2017, 2:18pm by Mark Esper in Local News category
It's a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Foundation

Some 230 bicyclists are signed up for the June 10-12 235-mile Death Ride Tour based out of Silverton.

“It’s about a hundred more than last year,” said organizer Barry Sopinsky

The event is now in its eighth year, is officially known as “The Death Ride Tour ... Ride to Defeat ALS ... For Those Who Care.” Last year the event raised

$104,000 for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Foundation.

“We’re past that so far this year. We’re close to $150,000,” Sopinsky said on Monday.

And this year nine cyclists are going to try to do the entire loop from Durango, to Ridgway, Telluride, Dolores and back to Durango in one day.

It’s based on the legendary ride pioneered in 1979 by Bicycle Bob Gregorio of Durango.

“He did it in 1979 with a couple of friends from Fort Lewis College. It’s the toughest one day ride in the Untied States,” Sopinsky said.

“Bob and I have become really good friends. He’s actually on my board of directors. And he’s going to do mechanical work for the one-day ride.”

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