A late Bears practice Friday means a chance to get in some more cycling training miles for the special 100-mile Wrigley Field Road Tour coming up Aug. 19, the day after the Bears host the Washington Redskins in preseason.
(Cmon, whaddya mean, No way! Youve still go three weeks to train.)
The whole thing, which starts at Wrigley Field at 8 a.m. benefits two excellent endeavors. One is Chicago Cubs Charities, which helps Chicago youth with funding of youth sports programs, parks, schools and open spaces. In the past, buddies like Mike Adamle from Channel 5 and other notables have rolled, and it's a blast.
Cubs Charities supports a number of other charities, said Todd Ricketts, brother of Cubs chief Tom and owner of the Higher Gear bike shops. Its really all about the kids so there are things like the new Childrens Hospital and a baseball field with Kerry Wood.
And the other, World Bicycle Relief, provides bikes to Africa. But not just any bikes. These are specially built heavies that are designed for transport of people, cargo, livestock, whatever.
The reason for these is that getting from point to point in Africa is a huge challenge, a reason why kids cant always get to school, people cant get to medical services, all of that.
The issue was is there a way we can provide bikes that alleviate the burden, help a couple of hundred people and not break down, said Ricketts, who will be riding as well.
Some buddies will ride these bikes in the event in a special statement. The ride flips up north of Waukegan and heads back to Wrigley.
Check out the registration arrangements and also what this is really all about -- on WorldBicycleRelief.org. Registration is 100 plus raising another 400 for the kids. You get a T-shirt, lunch catered by Harry Carays Restaurant, and the post-ride party at Wrigley thatll have live music, food and drink.
Now, if youll excuse me, I have to got get some more miles in.