Go Cathy Go!
Cathy Rogers, left, and her husband, Paul, enter Sandpoint during the Big Ride Across America
By KEITH KINNAIRD
Cathy Rogers married a bucket-list dream to cycle cross country with a desire to raise funds and awareness for a good cause. The Pittsburgh woman is riding from coast-to-coast on an eBike to raise funds for the American Lung Association.
The ride started on June 15, after she and fellow riders and support crew arrived in Seattle.
“We rode our bikes to the Pacific Ocean and dipped our back tires into the ocean. When we get to Washington, D.C., we’re going to take our bikes over to the Atlantic Ocean and dip our front ones in,” said Rogers, who passed through Sandpoint last week.
The ride will span 12 states in 48 days and cover 3,300 miles.
Rogers said she was motivated to do the ride to raise awareness for lung diseases and cancer because she lives near the Neville Island coke plant in Pennsylvania — a notorious air polluter.
“We’re just trying to create a little publicity to support their cause,” Rogers said of the lung association.
The Big Ride Across America’s goal is $91,500. So far, the team has raised $80,666, according its website.
Rogers is riding with 14 other cyclists, including her husband, Paul. There are also four support crew members, including a bike mechanic and an EMT. The group is camping, bunking in dorms and staying in the occasional hotel while en route to D.C.
Rogers, 57, is not a newcomer to cycle touring, having trekked from Tampa, Fla., to Cape Cod, Mass. She’s also done long-distance rides in the Midwest and around Europe.
But this time, she’s making her life on the road a little easier by riding a Pedego electric bicycle, which she said has performed flawlessly and muted the aches and pains that come with touring. “Without those kinds of pressures, the beautiful sunshine and scenery kind of take over,” she said. Rogers calls the electronic-assist bicycle a wonderful invention that opens touring to the broader population, not just diehard cyclists.
“It brings this whole world of cycle touring into the realm of many other people and that’s a big deal,” she said. “If I can do it, anybody can do it, really.”
ABOUT CATHY’S PEDEGO ELECTRIC BIKE
Her bike is a Pedego Interceptor Step Thru (http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/product-category/step-thru-interceptors/
) a rugged electric bike that sports a powerful 48-volt battery to help her cross over any mountains along the way. The Pedego Interceptor boasts a whisper-quiet 500-watt motor in the rear wheel hub. When she’s not twisting the throttle, there’s no drag from the motor, so she can pedal with the bike’s 7 gears and enjoy a thorough workout. The Interceptor also has Pedego’s popular Pedal Assist function, which allows her to switch to automatic power that kicks in as she pedals.
With five levels of Pedal Assist, Cathy can choose the amount of energy that will assist her over hills and through headwinds. The bright orange color is brand new and just became available at Pedego dealers. http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/find-a-dealer/
To track the Big Ride’s progress and learn about Pedego Electric Bikes go to:
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