The Big Ride Crosses America To Benefit the American Lung Association
Cathy Rogers, 57, is first person to ride across the USA on a Pedego electric bike
Until recently, most people could only imagine bicycling from one side of America to the other. That dream has just proven more attainable with the success of Cathy Rogers, 57, a casual cyclist who will complete a coast-to-coast ride on a Pedego electric bike. Pedaling from Washington State to Washington D.C., Rogers as part of this year’s Big Ride Across America, Rogers will arrive at the National Mall at noon ET this Sat., Aug. 2nd. Her ride made history as it has been the first recorded cross-country tour on a Pedego electric bicycle. Rogers joined her husband Paul Rogers and others on a team of hardcore cyclists as they rode to raise funds for the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific.
Rogers and the team departed Redmond, Washington on June 16th and followed a northerly path through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois and on through Ohio and Pennsylvania, continuing to the East Coast. Biking a grand total of 3,300 miles, the team will join fans and friends to celebrate the achievement as soon as they arrive. “This has been so much fun,” Rogers said. “I’ve had such an amazing experience riding across the country, achieving this bucket-list goal together with my husband.”
A cross-country bike ride was always on her bucket list, and she wanted to share the experience with her husband. Though Paul is an avid cyclist, they were able to stay together throughout the ride with help from Cathy’s Pedego Interceptor electric bike. They’ve been married for many years, and they’re grateful that they were able to enjoy this adventure of a lifetime as a couple. Making the trek, surviving challenges including weather extremes and many 100-mile days of riding, has brought them closer than ever before.
Pedego Electric Bikes CEO and co-founder Don DiCostanzo sees this as a regular occurrence among Pedego customers. “We often sell Pedego electric bikes in pairs, one at a time,” he said. “Couples riding together discover a shared loved of the Pedego adventure, which can kindle renewed romance in their relationship.”
Enabling her to cross 3,300 miles in just 48 days, Roger’s rugged cruiser-style bike with a powerful 48-volt battery and Kevlar-lined balloon tires proved worthy of every test. When the team raced up a hill, she was able to keep up. When they traveled great distances, she pedaled a lot, using the throttle to boost her through headwinds, over hills and to keep pace with the pack. As she has done with her professional life, Rogers made a success of this ride through excellent planning and a can-do attitude.
Bicycles have always been a part of Rogers’ life passion. In college, she made cycling clothes for friends in a way that revolutionized the cycling apparel industry. “At the time, the only bike apparel was made out of wool,” she said. “So I started making comfortable clothes out of bathing suit material that would stretch with the rider.” She founded Aero Tech Designs (http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/
Read about Cathy’s adventure at www.pedego.com/
About the Big Ride Across America
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Pedego® Electric Bikes, the world’s premier electric bicycle brand, transforms people’s lives with fun and an abundance of delightful moments. Pedego’s stylish, colorful bikes boast the latest in electric bicycle technology and deliver a green alternative for transportation, exercise and recreation. Riders sail up hills and breeze through headwinds! Pedego “pedal or not” models include the Comfort Cruiser, City Commuter and Trail Tracker. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., Pedego is the fastest growing electric bicycle company in the world. Pedego electric bikes are sold in more than 800 stores in 40 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.pedegoelectricbikes.com/
Teri Sawyer, T&Co.