Simpson University recently held its first Red Hawk Ride, a multi-course bicycle trek that is a scholarship fundraiser, drawing approximately 90 cyclists.
“We are encouraged by the community’s response to the first Red Hawk Ride and thank all those who participated,” Mike Loomis, associate vice president for student development, said. “We’re excited to create a family-oriented, healthy event for North State residents and help students fulfill their dream of a quality Christian university education.”
The event, which took place on April 9, lasted six hours. Participants had the options of six-, 18-, 38- or 69-mile rides that reached as far as from Bear Mountain Road through Balls Ferry Road.
“The routes were some of my favorites,” Bobby McMullen, a legally blind competitive cyclist who spoke at a fundraising dinner on campus the night before the ride, said. “We’ve done a lot of events, and this one was beautiful, with well-supported rest stops. The kindness and attitude of the volunteers was impressive.”
The athletics department also held a pre-ride spaghetti dinner featuring the documentary, “The Way Bobby Sees It,” which is about McMullen’s training for and completion of the 2007 Downieville Classic Mountain Bike Race.