Ride with the Angels Metric Century 2016 Preview

Ride for the Angels Utah
Ride for the Angels helps kids like her. The event organizers are pictured as well. Photo by Dave Iltis

The Ride with the Angels is a great metric century that will be held on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley on May 21, 2016.

Cycling Utah asked ride organizers Dennis Carrigan and Steve McIntyre about the ride.

CU – Tell us about the course. Where does it start and what is the route this year?

All of the course options start and end at Copperton Park (8655 W. 10390 S.)

25 mile – Copperton Park to Mountain View Corridor via Old Bingham Highway. Mountain View Corridor to Porter Rockwell Road. Return to Copperton Park by same route.

50 mile – Copperton Park to Mountain View Corridor via Old Bingham Highway. Mountain View Corridor to Porter Rockwell Road. Porter Rockwell Road to Redwood Road south to 400 S. East on 400 S. to Saratoga Road. North on Saratoga Road to Pioneer Crossing. West on Pioneer Crossing to Redwood Road. North on Redwood Road to Mountain View Corridor. North on Mountain View Corridor returning to Copperton Park via Old Bingham Highway.

62.5 mile – Copperton Park to Mountain View Corridor via Old Bingham Highway. Mountain View Corridor to Porter Rockwell Road. Porter Rockwell Road to Redwood Road, south to highway 73 (W 8750N). Highway 73 west to W Cedar Fort Rd. W Cedar Fort Rd to Eagle Mountain Blvd. South on Eagle Mountain Blvd to Pony Express Pkwy. North on Pony Express Pkwy to Redwood Road. South on Redwood Road to 400 S. . East on 400 S. to Saratoga Road. North on Saratoga Road to Pioneer Crossing. West on Pioneer Crossing to Redwood Road. North on Redwood Road to Mountain View Corridor. North on Mountain View Corridor returning to Copperton Park via Old Bingham Highway.

CU – There are three ride options this year. 25, 50, and 62.5 miles (metric century). How difficult is each route?

All three course options are medium difficulty. The 25 mile course has one climb in each direction at Rosecrest Road. The 50 mile course has two climbs in each direction, one at Rosecrest Road and one at Camp Willliams. The 62.5 mile course has three climbs outbound, and two climbs inbound. Two climbs at Rosecrest Road, two at Camp Williams, and one on Pony Express Parkway. The average rider should be able to complete any of the courses.

CU – You raise money for the Angels Hands Foundation. Tell us more about the charity.

Angel’s Hands Foundation (AHF) was founded in 2001 by Mark and Roxann Kristensen, and Steve and Sue Stauffer. After returning from a National MPS Conference on the Kristensen’s son Matt’s disease, and experiencing the daily needs of a families living with unusual medical circumstances, the Stauffers and Kristensens decided to raise money to help Utah families deal with the everyday struggles facing families living with rare diseases.

The mission of AHF is simple “Improve the quality of life for individuals with rare diseases.”

AHF provides educational support, emotional, moral and social support.

AHF provides monthly social outings for our families. Many of our children do not go out in public due to their conditions, either physical limitations or appearance. AHF has taken families to professional hockey, basketball and baseball games. We have hosted private swimming parties, pizza parties, Christmas parties, fishing parties, kite flying picnics. AHF has taken kids snow skiing, to the zoo, to movies, the circus, monster truck shows, and many others. Many of these events are luxuries that our families cannot afford, due to the financial hardships brought on by the diseases.AHF remains an all-volunteer organization. 93% of our program spending goes directly to our families. AHF has not paid one cent in wages since we began in 2001.

CU – What ride support and rest stops will you have?

All the rest stops will have Angel’s Hands Families providing support and encouragement.

  • 25 mile course – One rest stop at 12.5 miles.
  • 50 mile course – Two rest stops, one at 25.7 miles and one at 36.5 miles.
  • 100 K course – Three rest stops, one at 25.5 miles, one at 40 miles and one at 50.5 miles.

This is the 6th Annual Ride. What’s new this year?

The metric 100 is new for this year’s event.

CU – Is there anything else that you’d like to add?

The post ride picnic is a fun activity with princesses, action heroes, Creature Encounters and other fun activities. A large number of Angel’s Hands kids and families will be present to interact with the riders. The picnic and all post ride activities are free to all riders.

Here is a link to our youtube channel video which describes the ride.

https://youtu.be/5JBgK_a_brc

Ride Details:

May 21, 2016 — Ride for the Angels|, Copperton, UT, 7th Annual. Start: 8:30am; 8655 West 10390 South  Copperton Park; Routes: 25, 50 miles and Metric Century  62.5 miles; $50.00 includes swag bag and ride shirt. With each registration you will be entered to win a new bike. Drawing to be held Saturday at 8:00 am, right before the start of the event. Rest stops and road support, Great cause! Post Ride Picnic too!, Steve McIntyre, 801-560-6954, [email protected]http://angelshands.org

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