The Death Ride Tour - Going on 9 Years Strong!

Bob Gregorio
Group Racing
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DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events was formed in 2009 as a 501c3 Non-Profit to support the War On ALS and help make a difference in the lives of those fighting this horrible, devastating disease. The concept is to put on challenging cycling events in some of the most beautiful parts of our county. Southern Colorado and the San Juan Mountains including the Million Dollar Highway, Red Rocks Park including the Front Range Mountains outside Denver and the Berkshires including Mt Greylock in Western Massachusetts.

Our Mission:

The DEATH RIDE Tour Inc. was formed because of a love and passion for cycling and a dedication to support research for the devastating, always deadly disease ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) the Lou Gehrig Disease. The idea to put on challenging cycle events that would push the ability of the participant and at the same time bring a strong sense of accomplishment for a task well done.

As said by “Bicycle” Bob Gregorio, the original DEATH RIDE and all the other events put on by DRTInc are more than cycling challenges; they are a test of will. A conversation with one’s own faith of spirit to endure. The confidence gained by preserving in the face of hardship and exhaustion in these events serves one in all facets of life”.

The DEATH RIDE Tour Inc. is a registered 501c3 Non-Profit, Tax ID 27-1823372.
Address: 2404 S Sedalia Circle, Aurora, CO 80013, Cell: 720-320-3375.
Click here to see our Determination Letter from the IRS:

IRS Determination Letter

Ride Strong, Live Strong and Give Back (TZEDAKAH) More Than You Get.

Why Cycle To Conquer ALS? BECAUSE OF – TZEDAKAH

Some Famous People Affected By ALS

New York Yankee great Lou Gehrig

New Orleans Saint Steve Gleason

San Francisco 49er Dwight Clark

2 Time DEATH RIDER, Husband, Dad, Friend Michael Cimbura

Irvin SopinskyALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease is a devastating, crippling and always fatal disease. There is NO CURE. The diagnosed are often facing years of suffering as their bodies progressively deteriorate. Since 1869, 20 plus million people have suffered and then died of ALS including my father.

Irvin Sopinsky died of ALS at the young age of 44 when I was 13. He battled this horrible disease for 7 years. That was 51 years ago and not much has changed since then.

ALS is a disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscles. Based on U.S. population studies, a little over 5,600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year. (That’s 15 new cases a day.) IT is estimated that as many as 30,000 Americans have the disease at any given time According to the ALS CARE DATABASE, 60% of the people with ALS in the Database are men and 93% of patients in the Database are Caucasian.

Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of diagnosis. However, cases of the disease do occur in persons in their twenties and thirties. Generally, though, ALS occurs in greater percentages as men and women grow older. ALS is 20% more common in men than women. The incidence of ALS in men and women as they get older becomes more equal.

There are several research studies – past and present – investigating possible risk factors that may be associated with ALS. More work is needed to conclusively determine what genetics and/or environment factors contribute to developing ALS. It is known. However, that military veterans, particularly those deployed in the South Pacific during WWII and during the Gulf War, are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.

Half of all people affected with ALS live at least three or more years after diagnosis. Twenty percent live five years and more: up to ten percent will live more than ten years.

There is some evidence that people with ALS are living longer, at least partially due to Clinical management interventions, riluzole and possibly other compounds and drugs under investigation. This is way getting legastation passed for the “Right To Try” is so very important.

ASL – TDI is the leader in ALS research and here is there position on Right To Try:

https://www.als.net/news/what-do-we-think-about-right-to-try/

I have always struggled with the lack of awareness and resources there were to help those with this insidious disease, for their care takers, and dollars for research to find a cure for it. Thanks to the 2014 “Ice Bucket Challenge”, there now is a much greater awareness and some research dollars, however, it’s not effort. Every August is Ice Bucket Challenge Month Until There Is A Cure.

Do not forget the impossible that happened back in 2014. Keep the Ice Bucket Challenge alive until there is a cure.

Death Ride Tour Logo TattooOver 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 Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events …Cycle To Conquer ALS fulfills those needs and since its inception has become a very rewarding experience, not only for myself, but for the over 1200 participants who have conquered some of the most challenging rides in the USA. 

I am truly dedicated to CONQUER ALS to honor the memory of my Dad, Irvin Sopinsky and to support all participants of our cycling events. Without you and our donors none of this could take place.

This is a true meaning of TZEDAKAH.

Thank you

Barry's Signature

Click a video below to see why we ride




Bicycle Bob Interview from Barry Sopinsky on Vimeo.

Celebrating the Life of Jamie Fitzpatrick

The Honorary 2013 Angel of Life is Jamie Fitzpatrick. Jamie, his wife Quinn, and some very close friends rode in the Death Ride Tour IV in 2012. Jamie was an inspiration to everyone in his group as well as to anyone else that came across him on the ride.

Sadly, Jamie died later that year on December 2nd of a heart attack. He was only 61 years old. We ask for all of our riders to celebrate Jamie and his life and to use his passion, friendliness, and commitment to cycling to motivate them during their ride.

Contact us to learn more about our charity cycling events and how to register to participate. We look forward to seeing you at one of our four events.

Jamie and His Plaque

Jamie Fitzpatrick – Honorary 2013 Angel of Life. Jamie, his wife Quinn and some very close friends rode the DEATH RIDE Tour IV in 2012. Jamie was an inspiration to everyone in his group and anyone else that came across him on the road. Jamie died suddenly later that year on December 2 of a heart attack. He was only 61 years old.

Jamie & Quinn Fitzpatrick

Jamie's group at the 2012 DRT IV

Good friend Tom Ballentyne and son Trevor in 2015 with the Jamie memorial flag

Coaching Tips From The Experts

From Jennifer Schumm, Coach, Cyclist, Business Owner & Nutritionist.

If you are planning on participating in one of the DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events for 2018, it is highly recommended to train properly. Registration is now open so between now and next cycling season, THE most important thing you can do is improve your cycling with off the bike exercises in my program starting in November! I am Jennifer Schumm, elite level cat 1 road racer with 23 years experience in personal training. I am also a business owner and sports nutritionist. Let me coach you to ride faster and stronger by next season! I take recreational riders and teach them every skill they would ever want for riding a bike on different terrain, weather conditions, group riding skills, varying bike positions and cadence/gearing techniques. We will focus on riding a bike the most efficient, aero dynamic way for a more enjoyable experience! Coaching can be done privately or in groups. Strength training classes are set times/days.

For more info: contact me at: jenny@fitbyjenny.com, jkschumm@hotmail.com and 303-517-1684. 

Here are a couple of examples of my articles:

Recreational Cycling - Click here

Can Strength Training Improve Your Cycling? - Click here

Peak to Peak Coaching Marshall Evans

About Marshall Evans

Before my 7-year experience and passion on the bike began, I kicked my alcohol habit and picked up a bike. I found my peak with thousands of hours on the bike, multiple races, fondos, and co-leading hundreds of successful group rides. I found my passion, enthusiasm and happiness on the bike. Whether you’re new to road cycling, weekend warrior, or a seasoned veteran I would love nothing more than to help you “find your peak” on the bike. Your “peak” will always evolve no matter your goals.

https://www.peaktopeakcoaching.com/