Cycle for the Cause Cruises to San Diego
The 24-day, 1,200 mile Pacific Coast “Cycle for a Cause” charity ride finished in San Diego last Monday, raising more the and $10,000 for for fallen and injured individuals in the freeskiing community.
“Since our arrival in San Diego less than a week ago, I have had time to relax, reflect and think about the 24 days spent on the road raising awareness with an amazing group of athletes and friends,” said organizer and professional freeskier Max Kuszaj. “Now that the ride has come to completion, I need to express the point that the cause will live on, and the spreading of awareness to the public must continue.”
The ride from Seattle, Washington to San Diego, California benefitted the Billy Poole Ski Foundation, which benefits the Local Boys and Girls Clubs of Salt Lake City, the Shane McConkey Fund in lieu of the Make a Wish Foundation, and the NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Fund in honor of Riley Poor.
Industry icon, Shane McConkey died this past winter in a Ski BASE Jumping accident while filming in Italy with Colorado’s Matchstick Productions. Utah freeskiing local, Billy Poole, was killed in a skiing accident here in Utah two years ago while filming with Warren Miller Entertainment. Ski industry cinematographer, Riley Poor, sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury last season while in Vermont at the Dew Tour, a freeskiing and snowboarding event.
Professional freeskier/BASE Jumper, organizer, and Utahan, Max Kuszaj, organized the ride, which attracted participation from Oakley’s Pep Fujas and Simon Dumont, as well Sherry McConkey and many others.
“Being surrounded by a group of people who share these concerns, who want to bring the necessary change to our world of freeskiing is what made this achievable, enjoyable and memorable,” said Kuszaj. " I cannot express my gratitude enough. You all have hearts of gold, buns of steel and the experience of sharing the open road with you is one I will never forget."