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Back row, left to right: Karl, Carlynn, Justin, E.L., Gary, Jeff, Jim, Jack Copeland, John, Ross, Brent Truax, Al Davis, Dave, Kevin, Rick, Juice, Steve. Second row: Tom, Ryan, Docker (Canine Extraordinaire!), Laurel Martin, Cliff, Devin, Kathy Copeland, Maggie Palchak, Cindy, Carolyn, Suzanne Baracchini, Gileen Front: Nate

On July 25th, 18 dedicated cyclists left Mammoth Lakes on a 3 day Sierra Cycle Challenge, a fundraising ride that covered 150 miles and climbed 10,000 feet through the Eastern Sierras. Accompanied by 5 support riders and a crew of hardworking volunteers, the riders were well fed, receiving encouragement along the way and even massages after grueling day 2 of the ride.

The cyclists exceeded their fundraising goal of $40,000 with additional gifts still being received. All the money raised goes to the Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) Scholarship fund which covers 43% of lessons for disabled athletes. “Our policy at DSES is to never say “no” to an athlete for reasons of financial need. This was our best Sierra Cycle Challenge ever and we are excited for 2016” said Maggie Palchak, DSES Program Coordinator.

DSES thanks everyone that donated, the riders, and volunteers for their incredible support. Local businesses who provided support for the event include: Footloose Sports, Mammoth Chevron, Mammoth SPORT Center and Kevin Thomas, John and Debbie Eilts, Laundry Annex, VONS, CLIF, Mono Vista RV Park, Z Pizza, Giovanni’s, Burgers, Rusty Gregory, Noon­Time Rotary and our Massage Therapists; Michelle, Jill, Sarah and Kristin.

To learn more or make a donation please visit:

Click Here to read Ryan Sykes Sierra Cycle Challenge Blog

Suzanne Baracchini ©2015
Communications Director
National Wounded Warrior Center
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone: 760.934.0791

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