SKLZ is proud to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation and their Million Dollar Challenge bike ride to raise funds for athletes with physical disadvantages. This year SKLZ has two riders that will be participating in the ride, CEO John Sarkisian and VP of Sales Mike Carlson. Today was a bit shorter for riders as they only had 70 miles to travel from Santa Monica to Dana Point.
Although the route today was a bit tricky due to construction along the coast, riders had a very enjoyable day riding their bikes. The route took riders through Los Angeles into Orange County and to their destination for the evening, Dana Point. Since this was a "shorter" day, riders stopped along the route for pictures, took over a restaurant in Long Beach for lunch and even had tea and scones at the English themed SAG 3. Mike Carlson and other riders let loose a little while enjoying the pace of the day.
There have been a couple injuries along the ride including a broken collarbone and stiches but thanks to the medical staff both of these riders received immediate care. The rider who broke her collarbone tried to dodge a cone in Santa Barbara and had to put away her bike for the remainder of the trip. The gentleman who went over an embankment on Wednesday and cracked his helmet in half was very lucky and only needed stiches. Even after crashing he's determined to finish the full 620 miles, which means he had to go all the way back to the point where he crashed and ride the remainder of that route as well as the route for the day. That's determination--a key characteristic of any good athlete. Speaking of good athletes, veteran MDC rider Bill Walton has brought plenty of energy each day of the ride.
Riders take off tomorrow morning for the last day, the SKLZ sponsored day of the ride, into La Jolla. From the riders to the staff, this has been an incredible journey for all. SKLZ is proud to be part of CAF's cause and helping make sure that athletes have what they need for sports- no matter their physical condition.
Check out other days from the ride here: