Best Buddies Challenge

Mark Strasnick on 22 Apr, 2017

Let's make a difference together


Apex Velo is proud to partner again with the Grinta! Racing Team and Best Buddies!

We will be helping Grinta and Best Buddies lead their training rides as well as participating in the Best Buddies Challenge Hyannis Port Ride.  The ride is a massive fund raiser for Best Buddies International - The world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Last year was our first year involved. Not only was it very inspiring to meet and talk with those who benefit from the charity, but also with the riders who participated.  Helping those who have just started riding learn more advanced skills and fall further in love with riding was very cool. So many of us are used to only riding with our fairly skilled riders, and forget where we all started. Skills as basic as clipping out safely, being in the right gear, or not taking a sharp left turn when looking over your left shoulder as things that many of us don't even think about, but are huge challenges for people starting out.  I think many of us left feeling like rock stars or pro riders with how much people appreciated the help.

In addition to tens of thousands of dollars for BB, team member and Grinta! Co-Founder, Jason Barella finished first overall last year (crossing the line ahead of former pro riders George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde) and the team itself placing enough riders over the line first to have the team win as well.   Not going to lie, it was very cool for us all to shake Tom Brady and Julian Edelman's hand. The positive vibes from the event and seeing where the fundraising goes was something that we all felt very proud to be a part of.

If you are looking to get involved or support the organization give us an email at [email protected] and we can make either or both of those things happen.

For those participating- if you are signed up for this year's event you can receive 20% off of the purchase of a BMC Bike!  We also are here to help you with all of your fitting, equipment, apparel and training needs for the ride.


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