Come on out to to Durham Park this Saturday morning to join DAC at the Chico Velo Gran Fondo Challenge bicycling event. A wide array of hand cycles and other adaptive cycles will be available to anyone to try out and ride around. Visit the website at http://www.challengegranfondo.org/ for more information. Or call the Chico DAC office at 530-893-8527 – ask for Evan.
The fifth Annual “All Abilities” Challenge Fondo rides again on Saturday, featuring rides and races for hand-cyclists, recumbents, tandems and adaptive (upper or lower leg) disability, visually or hearing impaired and fully-able road bike riders.`
Bobby McMullen, a blind mountain biker, is back for his second year, and he will be joined by triathlete and amputee Jordan Lea to compete and inspire participants in the event put on by Chico Velo.
McMullen was born and raised in Redding and has close ties to Chico. A survivor of diabetes and loss of vision as well as a two-time double transplant (kidney and pancreas), McMullen competes on downhill courses like Downieville and the Megavalanche on Alpe D’Huez following a guide rider. An inspirational speaker, McMullen encourages all to find the best within themselves.
“My goal is to increase awareness of, and appreciation for disabled athletes,” McMullen said.
Joining McMullen is Lea of Vancouver, British Columbia. A cyclist, triathlete and amputee, Lea is a survivor of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and a 10-year battle with costeomyelitis, which led to two amputations, first his foot and then below the knee. Lea has used competition as a motivator. In addition to training competitively and work among other commitments, Lea supports other amputees with one-on-one mentorships.
“It is my goal to show what is possible, and to motivate and mentor other amputees who might not have support to follow their dreams,” Lea said. “I believe the best success comes in the face of challenge, hardship and uncertainty.”
The Challenge Fondo offers timed routes and fun rides. Timed options include hilly 100, 65 and 50 miles, and a flat, fast 30-mile course. Leisurely rides include flat 20- and 3-mile fun rides that are not timed.
The longer races will start promptly at 8 a.m. at Durham Community Park. Course and the finish line will close at 5 p.m.
Pre-registration is open until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, and on-site registration will be available Friday, and on ride day.
For more information, go to http://www.challengegranfondo.org.
Friday, September 16 in Redding
Do you care about any of the following topics?
- Medicare and Social Security?
- Protecting Your Pension and Retirement Income?
- Lowering Your Cost of Prescription Drugs?
- Health Care for All?
- Quality Housing Options for Seniors and People with Disabilities?
- Safer Streets and Increased Public Transportation Services?
Disability Action Center staff will be present at this key event. We encourage all to join us and CARA (California Association of Retired Americans) on Friday, September 16. Register by September 1. Additional information is on the flyer.
This is a picture of the gardens in the distance and of the green shady area near where the senior luncheon was held. Games and animal barn races along with some dancing by a team was part of the excitement for the senior luncheon on August 10, 2016. Vision Resources tabled at the event providing information, referrals, and demonstrations of adaptive aids.
Disability Action Center
phones will be forwarded
to the Chico Office
from August 25, 2016
to August 31, 2016
Our office in Redding will be moving soon to down town.
We will update you as we have more news.
Our phone number and staff will remain the same.
Local Redding Office (530) 242-8550