Danny Sudman is a full time employee at Catalina Island Camps. He is the Outback Director for summer camp and an Catalina Environmental Leadership Program Assistant Director during the school year. Danny writes about his experience in October riding in the Bike MS Bay to Bay Tour 2011.
On the morning of October 22nd, 2011 Becky Morrow and Danny Sudman, two staff from Catalina Island Camps arrived at the Irvine Transportation Center amongst 2300 cyclists packed into a parking lot awaiting the 7am ceremony to kick off the Bike MS Bay to Bay 2011 Tour. Pinned on the backs of Team Catalina Wheelers were signs which read, “In Honor of Danny’s Dad, Taki’s Mom, and Kelly (a CELP chaperone),”all of whom have been affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and are members of Catalina Island Camps extended family. Through the support of a multitude of businesses, friends and families of riders, and other sponsors this event raised about 1.8 million dollars towards research and the support of the 2.5 million people worldwide affected by this disease.
The 100 mile century challenge route followed Southern California’s scenic coastline to the lunch stop in Oceanside and then inland to North San Diego County’s picturesque backcountry. The challenge of the ride was at times overwhelming, but putting it in the perspective of those who live with this disease everyday was a driving force to push through the aching muscles and saddle sore. Sleep came easy that night from exhaustion and the good feeling of utilizing a passion for cycling to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
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