The Pittsburgh Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life took place on September 15, 2013. Lauren DiMaria of the CFF worked tirelessly to secure sponsors, register riders, get the course approved with PennDOT and municipalities, and put together a great after-party. Course design, headed up by Stephanie Swan with essential support from the Pittsburgh Team CF riders, saw numerous hours of scoutings and re-routings due to poor road conditions, bridges under construction, and a change in the start-finish location, but a scenic course was found that toured rural, rolling terrain and hilly, tree-canopied back-roads unknown to many locals.
The race got off to a brisk start in the 50’s but soon the sun came out and everyone warmed up. Over 150 riders rolled out of the tree-lined drive at historic Rosalea Farms in Moon, PA. Pittsburgh Team CF riders dispersed throughout the ride – acting as roving motivation and mechanics – and saw the very last riders on the short and long courses to the finish line. Finishers were greeted at Rosalea Farms with barbeque, live music and lawn games.
The course was undeniably hilly, with about 4,000 feet of climbing in 58 miles, but about as flat as any route that could be created in Western PA. Next year, more attention could be given to preparing participants for the terrain of the area. Also, next year’s event might use the occasion to reinforce rider safety on the road. Even on deserted roads, it’s always good to have a reminder of safe riding – staying far right and being aware of car traffic.
Rising to the challenges of the course, participants gave good feedback on the course and the event. At the after party, Mary Pat Joseph (Western PA Chapter Executive Director) ran out of sign-up sheets for next year’s event! With such a solid foundation at the Western PA inaugural event, next year’s Cycle for Life is sure to be an even bigger success!
A sincere thanks to CFL Pittsburgh sponsors including Aptalis, Accenture, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Full Pint Brewing, GNC, 5 Generation Bakers, Creekside Springs Water, B-B Productions dj’s, Rosalea Farms, Bicycle Times Magazine, sponsors in the photos below, and many other valued contributors.