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Rider Spotlight: Trans-America tour for GRID Alternatives

Emily Kern on June 16, 2016, 5:00 PM

“Just finished the most challenging day yet on this tour–three peaks, 100+ degree heat, 83 miles with no towns and no services… as I cross into Utah,” Michael Johnson-Chase, Climate Ride Independent Challenger, writes from the road outside of Milford, Utah.

At this moment, Michael Johnson-Chase bravely pedals his way across the Utah desert and will continue east over the Rocky Mountains to meet and volunteer with Denver’s GRID Alternatives office. Michael is in the middle of a trans-America unsupported bicycle tour that he created with the help of Climate Ride’s Independent Challenge program. Propelled by only his pedal power, his goal is to visit all 11 of the GRID Alternatives offices across the country, while raising $10,000…

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Climate Ride California 2016 – Environmental Charity Ride Photo Recap

Caeli Quinn on June 2, 2016, 1:10 PM

Wow! This group of 105 people raised more than $400,000 to support the Climate Ride cause. They trained, raised awareness, and pedaled farther than they ever expected. Proceeds from all Climate Ride events will be distributed through the Climate Ride grants program at the end of the year to our beneficiaries doing vital work to fight pollution, to push for solutions to climate change, to promote safe and equitable active transportation in our cities and towns, and to preserve and…

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Rider Spotlight: Jessica Pollitz

Emily Kern on May 24, 2016, 11:49 AM

Jessica Pollitz is “a woman of action.” Whether it’s working with Engineers Without Borders in Fiji, Thailand and Peru, visiting all 50 of California’s State Parks, or biking with Climate Ride for her first time this year, Jessica definitely lives up to her personal motto, “Be more AWESOME!”

Jessica is a civil engineer in Napa County working to help make wineries and residences more water efficient. She has worked on several rainwater harvesting projects and with the California Alternative Water Source group working to solve where California gets water and how to do it sustainably.

Since college, Jessica has volunteered with Engineers Without Borders and is preparing to travel to Peru this summer to help build the third rainwater harvesting system for a village school…

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Rider Spotlight: Alan and Hannah Wilken

Emily Kern on May 21, 2016, 7:06 PM

This father-daughter duo has biked many places together, including much of New England, New York, and even Spain! This year, they join us from all the way in Massachusetts and New York to bike in California for the first time!

Alan first joined Climate Ride last year on the Northeast Ride and knew immediately that his daughter Hannah “would love this.” He was right. Hannah takes advantage of every opportunity she can to bike with her dad.  “He’s a committed rider, and I’m very inspired by that. Any chance I have to ride with him, I do!” Hannah explains.

Hannah and Alan are biking to support Greenagers, a small nonprofit near and dear to their home of Stockbridge, MA. Greenagers connects…

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Rider Spotlight: James Reber on Climate Ride California 2016

Caeli Quinn on May 20, 2016, 5:49 PM

Meet James Reber, the Executive Director of San Jose Parks Foundation, who is taking on the challenge of his first Climate Ride on the California North Coast. James originally set a fundraising goal of $3,500 and now he has surpassed a whopping $7,000 for the cause! Here's his story.

Why are you participating in Climate Ride? 

It's a confluence of reasons. I am an avid cyclist and have always wanted to do a "big organized ride". Shiloh Ballard [the Executive Director of Silicon…

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