Dennis Desmarais is back for his second Independent Challenge ride and this year he has amped up the challenge even further! This is his 8th Climate Ride and his craziest one yet–he’ll be biking 2,000 km over eight days from CT to FL in APRIL! Everyone at Climate Ride is hoping for clear skies for his ride!
Dennis has selected Sierra Club Connecticut as his beneficiary for the Climate Ride grant program, which, in addition to leading people on local outings into the wilderness, has been working to build momentum on Connecticut issues, including rallying support for statewide green energy legislation and protecting the state’s fishing economy from offshore drilling.
Dennis started riding in group rides with Climate Ride in 2011, with our NYC-DC trip. He has great memories from all six rides he’s done since then, but in 2018 he decided to switch things up by creating his own Independent Challenge. He rode 1,000 miles over five days, averaging 20o miles a day from Detroit to Cape Cod. He faced unexpected road construction and long days in the saddle, but it was worth it when he raised his highest amount for any Climate Ride so far: $8,415!
He was so busy biking he barely stopped to snap a photo, but here’s one of his brief rest at the Erie Canal!
Dennis likes to point out that while 2,000 kilometers in 8 days on bike is crazy, it “pales in comparison to the crazy and reckless attacks on the environment by many in Washington DC.” If you’d like to help Dennis break that $10k ceiling as he works to also break his body with this epic challenge, you can swing by his fundraising page here: https://support.climateride.org/participant/Dennis-Desmarais.