The RIDE kicked off this year on a balmy Saturday morning. Riders came from from all over the state to Point 72’s campus on the water in Stamford, CT. Upon registering, riders received t-shirts and socks, and gathered for breakfast foods and coffee. There was a live DJ playing music ranging from patriotic country ballads to top 40’s pop, and loud chatter as people connected with familiar faces. When it was finally starting time, everyone gathered around to listen to the National Anthem sung by one of the Ererra Community Care Center’s finest, Patrick Hayes, and rousing testimony from Margaret who reminded everyone exactly what cause they were riding for. The riders then embarked on one of three courses: 25-, 50-, and 100- mile long routes looped through the wooded, hilly roads deep into Fairfield County. A 5k walking route was also set up, where families gathered to stroll later in the day. While the riders and walkers were off, a huge picnic was set up on the lawn of Point 72- volunteers grilled hamburgers, made salads, and served beer as riders and walkers gradually returned in the afternoon. A testament to how enjoyable the day was, instead of leaving when it started pouring rain in the afternoon, riders and volunteers alike packed up the grills and continued serving food and drinks indoors! CVLC is incredibly fortunate to have had such a diverse network of supporters come to The Ride- there were people of all ages, professions, and levels of cycling experience in attendance!