Calvert County, MD— Bicycle rides in December are not the norm and this particular Saturday proved exactly why this is the case. With temperatures hovering right around the freezing mark Patuxent Adventure Center opened their doors early to a group of approximately 30 cyclists and another 10 volunteers to host their second annual Poker Ride to benefit End Hunger of Calvert County.
Riders were dealt a poker hand at the start and given the opportunity at several planned stops along the 24-mile route to better their hand by drawing new cards. At stake were several gift cards from Patuxent Adventure Center but the real winner was End Hunger of Calvert County as these riders and volunteers were able to raise over $500 dollars.
Nadine Hughes, Secretary of Solomons Island Cycling, said “I had the privilege of a firsthand account of what a generous human being David Lane is when he opened his business and his wallet to host the first Bicycle Poker Ride to benefit the local charity End Hunger of Calvert in 2015. Mr. Lane is the classic model of what it’s like to be charitable not only during the holidays but all year round.”
The first Poker Ride in 2015 drew over 30 cyclists from around the southern Maryland area and raised $500.00 for End Hunger of Calvert County.
David Lane said “We were excited with our results last year and even more so this year given the weather. We know that this $500 will buy 2500 pounds of food for the hungry.”
This year’s frigid temperatures brought out only the diehard riders but again raised more than last year’s $500.00.
It was a tremendous success and riders were even treated to an impromptu visit by the big man in red, Santa himself, during the pre-ride festivities.
Wes Chester, PAC Employee and lead organizer, said “Nothing pleases us more than to give back to the community like we did today. Last year’s event was the first PAC Poker Ride and the mild weather brought out many riders. This year provided a larger challenge with the frigid temperatures but cyclists are a hardy group, particularly when the cause is good.”
Video from event: https://youtu.be/xXn9xVbvbaQ
About Patuxent Adventure Center
The Patuxent Adventure Center’s staff has a passion for cycling and seeing others ride their bikes. With knowledgeable, certified bicycle technicians and fit specialists, their staff helps cyclists reach their goals.
For more information: http://www.paxadventure.com/
About Solomons Island Cycling (SIC)
SIC was established in April 2016 as a 501(c)7 cycling club to support local cyclists by promoting the use of bicycles for fun, fitness, and sport and to develop and promote safe riding techniques. In addition, SIC hopes to improve recognition by the public and public officials for the need for safer cycling conditions.
For more information: http://sic.bike