Cyclists to roll through for cause

More than 150 college-aged bicyclists are scattered across the country as part of the annual 4K for Cancer bike ride across America, and approximately 30 of them have their eyes set on Grand Junction.

The 30 cyclists coming to western Colorado are part of a team traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco on a 70-day trek covering more than 4,000 miles.

The cyclists are expected to arrive in Grand Junction on Tuesday afternoon at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 3888 27 1/2 Road, for a party the community is invited to attend. Lemonade and cookies will be served and people can take photos with the cyclists and their Grand Junction escort: the Grand Junction Fire Department’s pink fire engine.

People wanting a more exact time when the cyclists will arrive from Paonia can track their progress Tuesday at 4kforcancer.weebly.com.

The riders will come to the area on U.S. Highway 50 before descending into Grand Junction on 29 Road. The riders will turn left (west) on Patterson Road to get to 27 1/2 Road, where they will all join together for the final leg of their ride to the church.

“We’d love to have a big, silly crowd,” said Sue Van Voorhees of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and an organizer of festivities Tuesday.

The church will provide the cyclists a buffet dinner Tuesday and breakfast Wednesday before the riders head toward Utah. The riders and church members also will make fleece blankets that the local fire department can give to young cancer patients.

The 4K for Cancer, a ride now in its 13th year, is “dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, and their loved ones, affected by cancer,” according to its website, 4kforcancer.org.

Last year, the 4K for Cancer raised nearly $775,000. To contribute to the national organization helping young adults with cancer, visit ulmanfund.org.

In addition to the group traveling from Baltimore to San Francisco, three other cycling teams are also riding cross-country. All four teams left from Baltimore earlier this summer but the other three will finish at San Diego, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, in early August.


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