RIDGWAY – The Axel Project Bike Classic has lined up pro riders Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) and U.S. Road Champion Timmy Duggan to join the round-trip charity tour from Ridgway to Telluride Saturday, Aug. 30.
Danielson is the 2013 winner of the Tour of Utah and third place finisher in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Duggan, a former Liquigas-Cannondale as well as Saxo-Tinkoff rider, was the 2012 U.S. Road Champion.
Randy Charrette, project co-founder, said, “We have riders signing up from all over the country, which is both exciting and little overwhelming that our message has reached that far. We couldn’t be happier to have Tommy-D and Timmy join us on this ride. It means the world to us, and to all the children we have helped, and will continue to help.”
The Axel Project Bicycle Classic features two breathtaking options for riders. The 48-mile ride takes cyclists on an out and back journey from the scenic town of Ridgway over Dallas Divide to the town of Placerville, and the 80-mile ride takes riders further down the road to the iconic mountain town of Telluride. Both are two of the most spectacular journeys one can take on a bike with up to 5,000 ft. of total climbing, thin air and epic beauty. In addition, there will be a family ride leaving from Ridgway Town Park via the bike path complete with bike decorating and a scavenger hunt. All proceeds benefit the Axel Project and their mission to introduce bicycles and a healthy lifestyle to kids and families.
After the rides are complete, participants and visitors alike will gather in Ridgway Town Park for the Axel Project Bicycle Classic Festival, complete with a kids’ adventure zone, live music by Good Times Music Co., food and refreshments.
The Axel Project was created in honor of 2-year-old, Axel Charrette, who was killed in Sayulita Mexico in February 2013. The organization’s mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families.
Axel’s love for all things bikes, clearly instilled by his family’s passion for cycling, and his particular affinity for chasing his brother around on his Strider bike, led to the creation of the Axel Project, and its natural corporate partnership with Strider Sports International, Inc.
For more information on the Axel Project Bicycle Classic, please visit www.axelprojectride.com. Donations to the Axel Project can be made at www.axelproject.com. All donations will be used to fulfill the organization’s mission.