Why We Ride

Then …and Now… DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., President & Executive Director Barry Sopinsky with his son Brandon Sopinsky. The two of them have been enjoying cycling together for over 32 years. Sopinsky said, “the opportunity to do good for people and be able to do that with your family, has been the greatest gift ever”.

A wise man once said “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty”.

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Over the years I have gained a love and passion for cycling and a desire for TZEDAKAH. Tzedakah is Hebrew for: To Give Back… To be Righteous… To do the Right Thing. The DEATH RIDE Challenge …Cycle To Conquer ALS fulfills those needs and since its inception has become a very rewarding experience, not only for myself, but for all the participants who have conquered the Toughest Ride in the USA. A 225 mile, 16,500 feet of climbing loop in Southwestern Colorado.

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The DEATH RIDE Challenge ... Cycle To Conquer ALS is an event put on by DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events which is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit, Tax ID 27-1823372 all proceeds are donated to ALS-TDI a non-profit research center dedicated only to finding a cure for ALS:



Those who have passed and those would are still suffering.

Here is Ann in 2013 at DEATH RUDE Tour V riding day three through the valley on the way to Baker’s Bridge, then climbs up Colbank and Molas Passes before finishing in Silverton. Healthy as ever. Ann rode this event with a number of her close friends like, Beth Collins, Wendy Hayes, Chuck and Lorena Ballew, Julie Stoligrosz to name a few.

Unfortunately, Ann was diagnosed in early Spring of 2016 and passed away September of 2017. We will all miss Ann dearly.

Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS – more than 5,600 people per year. As many as 30,000 Americans may have ALS at any given time. Since the great New York Yankee, Lou Gehrig died in 1941 (over 75years ago) from ALS, it is estimated that another 450,000 Americans have also passed from this disease without a cure. Here are some we honor, some we ride for, some we hope our efforts can help find a cure.

In Memory of those who are deceased
Irvin Sopinsky
Jon “Blazeman” Blais
Lou Gehrig
Paul Cellucci
Mao Zedong
Lane Smith
Bill Halselt
Gene Zumberge
Marlene Holaway
Monte Clute
Sam Shepard
Jim “Catfish” Hunter
David Niven
And all the others

In Honor – those who are still with us

Michael Cimbura
Steve Gleason
Steve Saling
Steve Gleason
Kevin Turner
Dwight Clark
O.J. Brigance
Pete Frates
Augie Nieto
And the 5600 plus Americans suffering everyday