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Habitat cyclists stop in Dillon during 4,000-mile ride

Shauna Farnell

DILLON – Across the world, it’s the time of year for extensive bike trips. The same goes for 28 Ivy League college students who today will make Dillon one of 58 stops on their 4,000-mile bike ride from New Haven, Conn., to San Francisco.

Most of the cyclists are students at Yale University, and are doing the ride to raise awareness for Habitat for Humanity. Each had to raise $3,500 to participate in the Habitat Bicycle Challenge, which began June 1.

“They do a few building projects along the route,” said Challenge public information coordinator Kelly Hulme. “(Thursday) they did one in Boulder.”

The riders make 58 stops during their trip. Their stop in Dillon today will be No. 38, after surpassing the halfway point with more than 2,600 miles under their belts.

Everyone in the group is riding a Cannondale road bike, but not every rider is an avid cyclist.

“Some of them are avid cyclists,” Hulme said. “Some have never gone more than 20 miles on a bike in their lives. Everybody catches up to speed. I’m sure they wouldn’t be signing up to ride 4,000 miles if they weren’t in some kind of fit shape.”

The group has been spending the night in churches, high schools, and at other volunteer facilities. The overall goal of the ride is to raise more than $150,000 for Habitat building projects. Riders aim to cross the finish line in San Francisco Aug. 3. For more information on the Habitat Bicycle Challenge, visit http://www.yale.edu/habitat.

Shauna Farnell can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at sfarnell@summitdaily.com.

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