Ride benefits group founded for fallen cyclist

FOR A CAUSE—Michele Neff Hernandez, founder and chief executive of Soaring Spirits International, speaks during the grand opening of the nonprofit’s headquarters in Simi Valley in 2021. Acorn file photo

Soaring Spirits International will host the 13th annual Share the Road Ride on Sat., Oct. 1 with the start of the ride and registration at Simi Valley DMV, 3855 Alamo St.

Ride times are staggered, beginning at 7 am for the 100-mile challenge or bypass courses, 7:30 am for 62-mile and 50-mile rides, 7:45 am for the 40-mile mixed surface gravel route and 8 am for the 25-mile ride. See complete details and registration at soaringspirits.org/event.

The event is a reminder to motorists to share the road with cyclists.

“The ride also honors those who were lost to cycling accidents,” said Michele Neff Hernandez, CEO and founder of Soaring Spirits International.

The ride will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given for registration.

A virtual rider category is available for those who prefer to participate in the comfort of their home with a start time at their discretion.

During the event, riders have a chance to win cycling gear such as helmets, shoes and apparel.

After the ride, a barbecue lunch will be served until the last rider returns. All riders will receive a medal once they complete their stint.

More than 300 cyclists are expected to ride in the event.

The ride was started to honor cyclist Phil Hernandez, Michele Neff Hernandez’s late husband, who was struck by a motorist and killed while riding on Aug. 31, 2005.

The event has raised over $220,000, which helps to fund the programs of Soaring Spirit International.

The advance registration fees are at $75 for individual riders and $85 for tandem riders. On the day of the race the price increases by $10.

Children are welcome if accompanied by parents or guardians.

Groups of 10 riders or more may request a discount code to receive $10 off each registration.

For more information about the event, call Soaring Spirits International at (877) 671-4071.

For information about the organization, go to soaringspirits.org.

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