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Participants sought for Everybody Rides in St. Charles

Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 10:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:10 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – After last year’s soggy debut, organizers of a cycling event benefiting Project Mobility hope Mother Nature is on their side for year two.

They don’t have long to wait. Everybody Rides – which features a 10-mile family trail ride and 30-, 45- and 60-mile road rides on country roads – is set for Aug. 3. The rides begin at James O. Breen Community Park in western St. Charles. An after-party at the park will feature live entertainment, food, drinks, raffles and games.

Project Mobility is a St. Charles-based nonprofit that aims to provide adaptive bikes to disabled children and adults. It launched Everybody Rides as a way to integrate the area’s “huge cycling community” with those using adaptive bikes, founder Hal Honeyman said.

Registration is $35.

A pre-packet pickup is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Bike Rack, 2930 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles. An optional free bike safety check also will be included that day.

Day-of registration runs from 7 to 9 a.m.

Honeyman said groups from out of town, such as St. Louis and Indiana, are planning to attend. Those needing adaptive bikes for the event can reserve one by calling 630-762-9807, he said.

“I’m hoping [the weather] holds out,” Honeyman said, describing conditions during the inaugural event as a monsoon.

But, he said, the event had a bright spot: giving adaptive bikes to a few children.

“That part alone made everything worth it,” Honeyman said.

Project Mobility plans give an adaptive bike to another child this year. Like last year, it is running a contest on Facebook. Participants are asked to submit their stories about how the bike would change their life or the life of someone they know. Whoever gets the most Facebook “likes” wins. Voting ends Aug. 1.

Full details are available on Project Mobility’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ProjectMobility.org.

If you go

What: Everybody Rides

When: Aug. 3

Where: James O. Breen Community Park at Peck and Campton Hills roads in St. Charles

Website: www.projectmobility.org

Phone: 630-762-9807

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