About the Ride

Bike For Nepal: Support Sarah’s Ride From CO to AK

In June, I will embark on a solo cycle touring expedition from Denver, CO to Anchorage, AK to raise money for the Colorado Nepal Alliance’s earthquake relief effort. The ~3600 mile journey should take approximately 2 months, averaging 60-80 miles of riding per day. I ride in solidarity with those in Nepal who are struggling to put their lives back together after April’s devastating earthquake. As Nepal’s plight fades from headlines in the coming months, I hope my ride — which coincides with Nepal’s monsoon season — will serve as a continual reminder that our ongoing support is necessary for the Sherpa People’s survival in the months and years to come.

Sarah's Planned Bike Route

The planned route

All funds raised will go directly to the Colorado Nepal Alliance. CNA is a small 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Denver, CO, focused on enhancing the lives of those living in rural Nepal in a collection of villages named Dharka in the Dhading region. The epicenter of the April 25 magnitude 7.8 earthquake was only 12.5 miles from Dharka, completely destroying the villages. All homes are uninhabitable, and those still standing are at immediate risk of collapse in the numerous aftershocks which are likely to occur over the next month. Access to these mountain villages has been severely limited – roads have been destroyed, so survival supplies (rice and shelters) are being delivered by foot. Since the earthquake, Dharka has not seen direct assistance from any large international NGOs or the Nepali government, so CNA and other small organizations are on the front lines of support. So far, CNA has helped provide rice and shelters to this remote community.

As I kick off my ride, monsoon season will begin in Nepal. The millions of people now without homes will struggle through three months of heavy rains while living under plastic tarps, tents, and temporary shelters until they can begin rebuilding. During the monsoons, roads will wash out and make access to these villages even more challenging. Food is scarce now, and will become even more so once the rains begin. The more supplies we can help deliver the sooner, the better. Immediately, tents and food are the primary objectives, but over the coming months, CNA will distribute additional funds raised from this campaign directly to Nepali families to help them learn more earthquake-resistant building techniques and rebuild their homes.

Please consider donating based on my milage:

  • A penny per mile = $36
  • $0.05/mile = $180
  • $0.10/mile = $360
  • $1.00/mile = $3600

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