Patti Wang Cross
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Hundreds to Cycle in Benefit Ride for Habitat for Humanity
After two virtual years, the annual favorite returns for an in-person event
October 13, 2022 (Los Altos Hills, CA) – After two years of a fully virtual format, Cycle of Hope returns this month to an in-person benefit – one that will gather hundreds at its start line to cycle for affordable housing.
While some have opted to remain at a distance with the “Virtual DIY” option, hundreds have been eager to return for the energy and interaction of the in-person event. Those athletes will soon have their wish, as Cycle of Hope convenes on the campus of Foothill College on Sunday, October 23rd. The new venue promises a picturesque setting and courses with stunning views and challenging climbs.
The community has responded enthusiastically to the anticipated return, with athletes at every skill level registering for a Sunday out on course and family-friendly festivities after crossing the finish line. Some cyclists are keen to take on one of the region’s most challenging Century courses, while many are seeking a moderate physical challenge coupled with the chance to support Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley. Among them will be Lourdes Beltran, longtime Habitat homeowner in Santa Clara, as well as some future homeowners of Esperanza Place – Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley’s affordable neighborhood of 42 Zero Net Energy homes in Walnut Creek.
“If the last two years have made anything clear, it’s that our homes are so much more than roofs over our heads,” said Janice Jensen, President and CEO of Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley. “In a heartbeat, they became our offices and our children’s classrooms and our safe havens in every sense of the word. I think we’re all feeling more committed than ever to ensuring a stable, decent home for more of our neighbors, and Cycle of Hope is a chance for the community at large to get together and do just that.”
The in-person ride on October 23rd will kick off with Century cyclists leaving the start line at 7am. Music, food, refreshments, games, and exhibitor booths are awaiting the cyclists on their return to the finish line. Along with many new faces, the return of the in-person ride is bringing back many of its die-hard devotees and its five-time Presenting Sponsor, Patelco Credit Union.