Hundreds of cyclists ride a hundred miles for charity

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jun. 1, 2019 at 5:10 PM CDT
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The 17th annual "Tour of Miracles” brought hundreds of cyclists out to battle the heat on their way to riding 100 miles this morning.

"Everybody out here has a different cause or different thing that brought them into it, so I always dedicate my miles to Gabe Griffin," said Recreational Cyclist Michael Staley.

Michael Staley got into long distance riding after meeting Gabe Griffin, who has muscular dystrophy.

Regardless of what brought them into it, 365 cyclists rode in the "Tour of Miracles" for Children's of Alabama.

"They treat most of the severe cases of the children that are sick, hurt or injured,” said Staley. “Anything we do to support the Children's of Alabama makes them better and makes them better to be able to help us."

Staley and the rest of the cyclists gathered at Bethel Baptist Church to set off for a 100-mile bike ride through Florida, Alabama and Georgia.

This is the 17th year for the Tristates 100, and its raised around $300,000 for the Dawn Pitchford Fund at Children's of Alabama.

There were a few less riders this year, but Director Joe Varner wasn't too concerned.

"We're always excited about the event whether our numbers are up or down or are similar to what they were the previous year because they know the good that money is going to do,” said Varner.

A hundred miles in the books, and Staley and the rest of the cyclists are already looking forward to next year.

"Cycling brings together people that normally wouldn't know each other and we become friends for life," said Staley.

The Alabama Backroads Century series was there to hand out medals and recognize the cyclists that completed 100 miles.