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Mother's Day Charity ride with Flying Rhinos



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Cyclist enjoying a ride on the back roads. Photo provided. (click for larger version)
May 05, 2010 - Mothers of the Clarkston area, are you looking for some fun on Mother's Day? How about a bike ride?

Flying Rhinos Cycling Club (FRCC) and non-profit organization Lend a Helping Hand (LAHH) are teaming up for this year's 26th annual "Back 40" Mother's Day ride challenge.

"We're excited," said Michelle Phaup, founder and executive director of LAHH. "This is the first year the bike shop has supported LAHH for this event."

LAHH financially assists people with uninsured medical expenses due to catastrophic illnesses.

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"A dollar of the registration form will go to support Lend a Helping Hand in our overhead administrative cost for the year," Phaup noted.

The annual spring gravel road ride will begin at Independence Elementary on Hubbard Road, where riders will choose between 8, 17, 25, or 40 mile course.

"We've had people who've never done a 25 mile ride or a 40 mile ride and they want to try a longer ride, but they don't have a support group to do it with," said Louise Kasl, co-owner of Kinetic Systems Bike shop. "So this gives them an opportunity to try it."

Kasl also noted vehicles will be sweeping the course, if someone has mechanical problems or needs a lift because they can't continue. There will also be rest stops and food along each course.

"It's a great family and friends get together," she said.

A free Flying Rhinos Cycling Club water bottle will be given to first 200 cyclist and "Back 40" T-shirts can be purchased at registration. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon at Independence Elementary on Sunday, May 9. Registration fees include: $18 Adult pre-registration and $20 the day of, $10 seniors, over 60, and $10 juniors, under 13.

To pre-register, visit at www.flyingrhinoscc.com, www.Lendahelpinghand.org or call Kinetics bike shop 248 625-7000.

Trevor graduated with degrees in English and communications from Rochester College. He wrote for his college and LA View newspapers before joining The Clarkston News in May 2007.
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