Larry Walsh: Wheels of Hope walk, ride is May 10

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The select-your-distance second Wheels of Hope Bike Ride and Fun Walk on the Steel Valley Trail May 10 will include a bike raffle, a chance to win a mini iPad and discounts on food and merchandise at the Hard Rock Cafe at Station Square.

The ride-walk, hosted by the Jodie Matta-Dillinger Cancer Resource Center at UPMC McKeesport, will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the historic Pump House along the trail at 880 Waterfront Drive, Munhall.

Starbucks in the Waterfront will provide complimentary coffee and tea, Eat’n Park will offer its signature Smiley cookies and the McKeesport Hospital Foundation will supply water and trail snacks. Hamburgers, hot dogs and root beer floats will be available at the Pump House.

Riders can pedal 30 miles round-trip to and from Station Square or 30 miles to and from the McKee’s Point Marina in McKeesport.

Boston is a 48-mile round-trip; Dravo Cemetery is 70 miles and West Newton is 104 miles.

The round-trips for walkers will be as long or as short as they prefer.

Geoff Clauss, director of Patient and Community Services at JMD, urges participants to register online early so suppliers know how much food and beverages to have on hand.

He said Iron City Bikes (http://ironcitybikes.com/) is providing “a great trail bike” valued at $550 for the raffle.

“It can be exchanged for a different size and/or upgraded to another bike in the same style class.”

Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10.

Clauss said those interested in the raffle should purchase tickets in advance by calling 412-664-2662.

“A limited number of tickets will be sold the morning of the event, but advance purchases are recommended.”

Participants who collect pledges of $150 or more will be entered into a drawing for a mini iPad.

Helmets are required for bicyclists age 12 or younger. Restrooms are available at the Pump House, Station Square, the Boston trailhead and Dravo Cemetery.

Clauss said all proceeds will be used to expand JMD programs and services that benefit patients and their caregivers at the center.

For more information and to register online, go to www.jmdf.net.

Dero Dream Bike Room

Bradd Celidonia of the Green Building Alliance of Pittsburgh is one of two finalists for a Dero Dream Bike Room for his workplace that would include $7,500 in Dero products and $1,000 to decorate and furnish the space.

Bri Whitcraft, Dero’s marketing manager, said Susan Wilcox of Bike Texas in Austin is the other finalist.

To vote for Celidonia, go to www.dero.com/dreambikeroom/vote.html.

Voting began Wednesday and will end at 12:59 p.m. April 30.

In his pitch to Dero, Celidonia noted the company’s LEED Platinum office space, its recognition by Bike Pittsburgh as a bike-friendly employer, the importance of bicycling and the “myriad benefits it provides for our [19-member] staff, their health and the planet.”

He said “a gorgeous new bike room from Dero” would be “the centerpiece” of the office. He described its current bike room as “sad and dingy.”

Whitcraft said Dero, based in Minneapolis, has been supplying “innovative bike parking and bicycle transit solutions to architects, contractors, municipalities, higher education and parks and recreation facilities” since 1995. The company makes bike racks, repair stands and pumps, shelters and lockers.

Information: www.dero.com; www.go-gba.org; http://www.pinterest.com/gogbapgh/

Read official rules at www.dero.com/dreambikeroom.

Keg Ride

Be on the lookout today for up to 500 bicyclists who will be following 280 pounds of Pedal Pale Ale on a “less than” 8-mile “slow and meandering” ride from the East End Brewing Company to an unknown destination where the ale will be consumed.

Information: http://www.eastendbrewing.com/events/

Larry Walsh writes about recreational bicycling for the Post-Gazette.


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