When Scott Selke was invited to ride in the inaugural Pedal 4 Possible (P4P) cycling event in 2015, he never imagined that his participation would grow more meaningful with each passing year.
The event, a fully-supported ride with courses ranging from 10K-100 miles, is a fundraiser for Craig programs like Therapeutic Recreation. Riders of all abilities, including current and former patients, come together on the course.
Scott was invited to ride with his ex-brother-in-law and friend, Craig patient Leonard Somers. A consummate outdoorsman, Leonard sustained a spinal cord injury in a backcountry ski accident in 2013. Leonard rode the P4P course on a handcycle.
“You could see in his eyes that he was on the verge of crying with the joy of being out on a bike again,” says Scott. “It was huge for him to get back to doing something he loved tremendously.”
Scott’s connection to Craig grew in September 2017 when he was struck by a car while riding his bike near his home in Englewood. Scott’s C1-C5 vertebrae were fused, and he spent time rehabilitating from his injuries at Craig.
“People get hurt accidentally all the time, and Craig is able to help them find meaning and purpose in spite of the new condition they find themselves in,” says Scott.
Scott is now back on a bike, logging 1000 miles last year alone.
Leonard passed away in 2018 following complications from surgery. Scott is committed to riding P4P each year, both in Leonard’s memory and now in celebration of his own recovery.
“Pedal 4 Possible is one heck of an event, it’s so well supported,” he says. “Helping Craig by participating is a beautiful thing to do.”
The fifth annual Pedal 4 Possible will take place on Saturday, September 14. Riders enjoy views of the Flatirons along the 10K, 30K, 50K, 100K, and 100M courses, which starts and ends at the PEARL iZUMi Headquarters in Louisville, Colorado. Cyclists of all levels and abilities, including handcyclists, are welcome.
Individual rider registration is $80 which includes a custom water bottle, a fully-supported ride, course aid stations, and post-party with food and drink. Riders are encouraged to raise $300 or more for Craig, and those who meet the challenge will receive a custom-designed P4P 2019 jersey.
For those who can’t make it or prefer to sleep in, a $50 virtual rider registration is available. Virtual riders are also encouraged to raise $300 for Craig and will qualify for incentive gifts.
The 2018 event raised nearly $186,000 to support Craig.
Learn more or register to ride or volunteer at Pedal4Possible.org.