The annual three day charity bicycle ride, DEATH RIDE TOUR … Ride For Life…For Those Who Care, is back again to inspire the cycling community to ride in one of the most challenging cycling tours to support those who fight to live. The event, created by Coloradan Barry Sopinsky, was founded in 2009 and each year continues to gain support and momentum, establishing itself as one of the premier, small venue charity cycling tours in the country. Through generous support from sponsors and the hard work of the participants, the DRT has been able to raise over $100,000 for two worthwhile Colorado charities – The ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Motivated to carry on the name of lost loved ones, Sopinsky, passionately developed the Death Ride Tour as a way to give back and support those who are currently fighting for life. Over the years, Barry has gained a love and passion for cycling and a desire for “TZEDAKAH,” the Hebrew term meaning “To give back …To be
Righteous …To do the Right Thing.”
The DEATH RIDE Tour…Ride For Life has become a very rewarding experience, not only for Sopinsky, but for the over 220 participants who have conquered the very challenging, 230 mile, 16,500 feet of climbing loop in southwestern Colorado. This year the event quickly sold out as riders from across the country pledged to take on the challenge and ride for this amazing cause. The loop covers some of the most beautiful scenery in America starting in Silverton, CO going to Telluride, then on to Durango and back to Silverton.
The DEATH RIDE Tour …Ride For Life is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit and all proceeds of the event are donated to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association and Children’s Hospital Colorado. These two charities were chosen because of the very close connection Sopinsky shares with their efforts. At the young age of 13, Sopinsky’s father, Irvin Sopinsky, died of ALS (The Lou Gehrig’s Disease) at age 45 after battling this horrible disease for 7 years. The event stands as a memorial to the life of his Dad and each year Barry carries a memorial flag to the top of each mountain pass to honor his father. He also encourages any other riders who have lost someone to carry their own flag for the honor of their lost loved one.
“In addition to the ALS foundation, I couldn’t think of a more motivating cause than to ride for the children fighting for their lives at Colorado Children’s hospital,” Sopinsky states. It breaks my heart to see what courage such young lives have to summon up and to endure, what even full grown adults could not even imagine. These children’s hospitals go to such great lengths to create an environment that is both fun and comforting to lessen the trauma of extended hospital stays and scary procedures”. In 2012, The DRT proudly presented a check for $25,000 to Children’s Hospital and $10,000 to ALS Association. With more riders than any other year, The Death Ride Tour hopes to double this in 2013.
Through his work with Children’s Hospital Colorado The DEATH RIDE Tour has as teamed with Garrison Hayes, young cancer survivor and 2007 Miracle Kid for Colorado, who Barry met during his 536 mile ride for the Ace Hardware Tour de Kids Charity Cycling Event. In 2013, Death Ride Tour is excited to announce that at
the young age of 13 Hayes will be one of the riders taking on this challenging ride and couldn’t be more proud to see all that Hayes has accomplished through his admirable fight for life.Since his first ride in 2011, Garrison continues to be an inspiration to the all participants of the DEATH RIDE Tour.
Look for the 2013 DEATH RIDE Tour participants rolling out of Silverton, CO Saturday morning June 8, 2013 on their way over Red Mountain Pass.