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Long Reach Long Rider announcement

Long Reach Long Rider announcement
Long Reach Long Rider announcement

USA - The Long Reach Long Riders are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the 2020 LRLR Kazoo Relay Ride. The ride was the LRLR response to the coronavirus crisis that has gripped the US and the world.

“We knew we couldn’t hold a traditional LRLR ride due to the virus,” noted ride organiser Greg Williams, “but we also didn’t want to abandon the charities at a time when they really needed support. We came up with the Relay Ride to give riders an opportunity to participate in the ride and the public to support it.”

The Kazoo Relay Ride was dubbed the Just Breathe ride, in honour of Cris Dopher, one of the LRLR founding members who passed away in September after a long battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Bill Sapsis recalled that: “Cris’s courage, humour and bike parking skills are legendary among the LRLR and the Relay Ride was the perfect way to acknowledge the impact Cris had on our lives.”

The ride, which raised over $45,000.00 for Behind the Scenes and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, consisted of small groups riding for a day or two with an oversized kazoo ‘baton’ and then passing the baton to the next group of riders. It began at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse in Pescadero, CA. and finished at the Portland Head Lighthouse in Portland, ME.

Ride facts:

  • Number of days to complete the Relay Ride: 14

  • Number of riders, passengers & chase car crew: 38

  • Number of relay legs: 8

  • Total mileage: 4,838 miles

  • Longest relay leg: 1,060 miles

  • Shortest relay leg: 141 miles

The Long Reach Long Riders would like to thank everyone involved with helping make this very special ride such an amazing success: the organisers, riders, chase car crew and especially the 200+ sponsors.

Please visit for more information on the ride and to make a donation.

Photos: Eddie Raymond and Bill Ellis

21st July 2020

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