Flat Track Racers to Complete 580-Mile Bicycle Ride in Six Days For Injured Riders
WILLOW STREET, Pennsylvania – The end of the 2019 season was very tough on the Flat Track community. There were multiple crashes that led to some significant injuries among some of the top riders in the professional paddock.
Twins racer Jeremy Higgins was injured at the Springfield Mile I. Production Twins racer JR Addison and AFT Twins racer James Monaco were injured at the Minnesota Mile. AFT Singles racer Oliver Brindley was injured at the Meadowlands Mile. All four are still in the hospital recovering from their injuries and have a long road ahead of them.
The 2019 Production Twins Champion, Cory Texter wanted to come up with a way to raise money for all four riders, while also creating a fun challenge for himself and some of his peers. He decided to plan a 580-mile bicycle ride along the coast of Florida from Jacksonville to Key West with a goal of completion in six days. The journey will embark on November 5th.
“Seeing our fellow riders getting injured week after week was really tough on the whole Flat Track family”, said Texter. “I thought it would be a neat challenge to do something of this magnitude and sort of unify the community a little bit, so I called up a few of my fellow riders and convinced them it wouldn’t suck too bad and we could complete the task”.
Other riders joining on the journey are Former BSB racer and current Flat Track rider James Rispoli, Factory Harley-Davidson rider Jarod Vanderkooi, top-ranked AFT Twins rider Brandon Robinson and Pro Motocross rider Noah Chambers.
Rispoli said – “ I am absolutely stoked with the support from both the flat track and road race communities around the world. When we started spit balling this idea it was very emotional so I never gave a second thought to the magnitude of the ride. In the end we are all brothers in this game so we all want to do everything we can to raise money for our mates.”
The entire trip will be self funded by the racers themselves and 100% of the money raised will go directly to the injured riders. At the time of press release, the campaign has raised around $5,000 with a goal of $10,000. Roswell Bicycles from Atlanta, Georgia along with GoPivot Solutions will be supporting the ride.
You can follow the progress of the trip on the riders social media channels
GoFund Link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-one-weekepic-florida-cycling-580