Over 100 riders of all levels and ages participated in the annual Yeshiva High School of Arizona (YHSA) Community Bike-a-thon. They rode thousands of cumulative miles in scenic Arizona which raised over $55,000 for the YHSA building fund with close to 700 sponsorships .
Dr. Moshe Engel of Los Angeles, CA, commented, ” This year’s ride topped all other years and brought it to a new level.”
Expert cyclists from the Phoenix community, as well as from Detroit, MI, San diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA and Lakewood, N.J., rode 67 miles through the scenic McDowell Mountain Regional Park down through Fountain Hills, a total ride gain of 3200 ft, and ended at Mountain View Park where they were welcomed by a barbecue with the community with more than 250 people attending.
Most cyclists did the 35, 24, or 10 mile rides on the scenic Greenbelt Trail from Mountain View Park to Tempe Town Lake.
Families and children challenged themselves on shorter rides. Many of the Bachurimof Yeshiva High School of Arizona raised money by getting their rides sponsored and rode the entire 35 Miles.
One of the bachurim said, ” This is the most I ever rode in my life – it was amazing!”
Robert Sigal, of San Diego, CA, observed, “I ride for many causes but this is the only ride that I ride for Torah.”
The Ride Committee memebrs were Rabbi Yaakov Bronsteyn , Mr. Geoffrey Harris, Rabbi Binyamin Mandel, Dr. Chuck Matlin, Mr. Jonathan Michel , Mr. Arthur Rothstein ,and Mr. Irwin Sheinbein.
The National Committee memebrs were Dr. Moshe Engel, Los Angeles, CA Mr. Matthew Kest, Los Angeles, CA, Mr. Kalev Klein, Los Angeles, CA , Mr. Robert Sigal, San Diego, CA, and Rabbi Alon Tolwin, Detroit, MI.
Photos courtesy of Gary Steiner, Soft Shadow Art Photography and Yeshiva High School of Arizona: