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The Race starts August 1, 2011 at 6:30am!
Watch the race online at http://trackleaders.com/ctr
Click to watch Shawn's progress
See Shawn's race updates at: http://www.shawngregorymountainbiker.blogspot.com, the blog will be updated whenever Shawn has phone reception and he's not too tired to operate his cell.
Donate to The NEST at http://www.active.com/donate/nest
CTR Race website http://www.climbingdreams.net/ctr/
And yes, all this should work on your smartphone!
Imagine strapping 15 pounds of gear and food onto your bike, taking off all except one gear (singlespeed), no rear shock and attempting to ride 470 miles with 65,000 feet of elevation gain without more than a few hours sleep each night on rugged mountain singletrack with a majority of it above 10,000 feet. Sound fun?
Shawn Gregory is racing the 470 mile Colorado Trail Race (CTR) starting August 1st 2011 and is using this opportunity to increase awareness and raise funds for The NEST in Cortez, Colorado.
What is The NEST?
The NEST provides a safe, child-friendly environment that eases the emotional trauma experienced by children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. http://www.nestcac.org
The mission of The NEST is to strengthen our community's response to child abuse and neglect through prevention, intervention, education and advocacy.
The Nest's goals:
It's surprising and sad that organizations like this are so necessary in communities across the US and these abuses are so prevalent. The NEST facility requires expensive equipment and an experienced staff to function and this takes money.
"Shawn Gregory is a good friend of the Nest and has generously offered a unique and interesting way for people to contribute to the Nest's cause." TG
What is the Colorado Trail Race CTR?
The CTR is 470 miles and 65,000' of elevation gain winding through the Colorado Rocky Mountains from Denver to Durango. Approximately 300+ miles of singletrack at elevations ranging from 5500' to a gasping-for-breath 13,200'. The CTR is a monster! There is no entry fee, no support, no registration, and no prize money. http://www.climbingdreams.net/ctr/ There are strict rules against any kind of help, it must be completely self supported.
There are a small amount of mountain bikers who have finished the race and a very small amount that have completed it on a singlespeed. A lot can happen to a racer and their bike in 470 miles. Any rider with the best equipment, best training and best plan can still not finish, but that's what makes it exciting.
Who is Shawn Gregory?
Shawn is an endurance Mountain Bike racer who lives in Dolores Colorado and loves to ride his singlespeed mountain bike. See his cycling accomplishments at http://www.bigloopmaps.com/theme_about_shawn_01.html
What is Shawn's motivation for helping The NEST?
While Shawn was preparing for the CTR he was thinking about how lucky he was to be able to participate in this event. Knowing that there are plenty of kids, through no fault of their own, that may never know the thrill and enjoyment of riding a bike he decided to use the race to benefit kids. "I do this crazy stuff for no particular reason aside from the personal reward of accomplishing a goal, but this time I wanted it to benefit a much more worthy cause." The obvious choice was The NEST. "It is difficult to talk about the abuses these kids have lived through. You just don't want to believe someone could that to a child. While we deal with tough days in our lives most of those hardships don't compare to what these innocent kids have gone through, and will continue to go through, as a result of these abuses."
How can I help out these kids?
100% of all the donations go directly to The NEST. They have setup a special Active account for donations. http://www.active.com/donate/nest Please consider donating. Thank you!
Can I follow the race online?
Yes, most endurance racers carry a GPS tracker call a Spot and progress can be viewed online.
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