NEW HAVEN — Rain did not stop a group of dedicated riders when the inaugural Claflin C.A.R.E. Bike Ride was held recently in New Haven.
A total of 29 riders of all ages completed 109 laps around the 8.5-mile course, an average of 32 miles per rider.
Hosted by the Bend Area C.A.R.E. organization, more than $1,000 was raised from the ride, which will go to the group’s “Kids for Christmas” program.
The program provides gifts and treats for underprivileged children during the holiday.
Unlike a bicycle race, the riding format was multiple laps around a designated loop, according to Jodie Roush, organizer of the ride. There were turn-around points at various locations, enabling entire families to join in on the event.
Even though there were no winners, several people were recognized for their efforts. Nathan Damm and Jared Nutter each rode eight laps, making them the male riders completing the most laps. The female riders completing the most laps were Michelle Blaine, Kylie Oliver, Andrea Roush and Leah Smith, each with four.
Wyatt Edwards also completed four laps, the most by any rider 16 years and under. The team completing the most laps was Velo Gallia, with 44.
Money for the initial cost of the ride was provided by a $1,000 grant from The Robert and Louise Claflin Foundation. The grant was awarded in December 2013 by the foundation president Stephen Littlepage.
Presented to promote health and wellness in the community through cycling, the grant provided T-shirts, as well as drinks and snacks. A cookout following the ride was also paid with grant funds.
In addition to Bend Area C.A.R.E. members, the New Haven Fire Department also assisted with the ride.