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Revenge means more for Wright this year

RICHARD CHITTICK

MONTEZUMA – In 2000, when Thane Wright rode to his second victory in the 24-hour mountain bike odyssey known as Montezuma’s Revenge, he did it under the name Christian. The name belongs to his brother, who suffers from cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that has forced him to live in a wheelchair since birth. “It was to spiritually share the event with him,” said Wright, a three-time winner of the world’s hardest mountain bike race. This year, as Wright attempts to win an unprecedented fourth Revenge, he’s taking his spiritual support for his brother a step further, turning the brutal race into a fundraiser for the group home which provides for Christian.This year’s race began Friday at 4 p.m. in Montezuma and concludes today at the same time. Wright is accepting pledges per mile ridden, as well as flat donations, to raise money for the Bledsoe House in Glendale, Calif.The fundraiser is being promoted across the country through Team 180s, a group of athletes that represents 180s, a Baltimore-based apparel and sunglasses company.”The fact that he’s raising money is such an incredible thing and something that we support,” said Eliza Graham, who manages Team 180s. As of Thursday, Wright had raised $6,700 on his way to his goal of $10,000. “I’m really blessed to be able to share this event in this way to bring awareness to (my brother’s) needs,” Wright said. “It’s providing some extra incentive for me this year, even more so than taking a shot at number four.” For more information on making a contribution, contact Wright at (970) 468-0159. Donations can also be mailed directly to Wright at 177 Rasor Drive, Keystone, CO, 80435. Checks should be made payable to United Cerebral Palsy.


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