Matt Bosman Rides Again: 1000 Miles for WBR
Cyclist Matt Bosman is once again preparing to for the Lake Michigan Circle Tour this summer! Last year, Matt rode this 1,000 mile ride in just ten days to promote the work of World Bicycle Relief, and this year he’ll hit the road again for the Power of Bicycles.
Beginning August 30, Matt will ride completely self-supported, carrying all he needs with him. He’ll stay with friends and family along the way, covering four states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana) as he rides the perimeter of the vast Lake Michigan at a pace that will average 100 miles per day!
Last year, Matt supported WBR through this ride and we’re so honored that he’s doing so again. Passionate about the enormous impact that transportation can have on someone’s life, Matt wants to help create change alongside WBR.
“It’s so easy to get caught up in the rush of day to day life that we don’t often think about how we can help someone else. Through my physical efforts and sacrifice I can help someone I’ve never met on the other side of the world and change their lives. Now that’s cool!”
Although the Circle Tour is a real tour you can take by car, biking it is a whole new challenge. When Matt charted the 1,000 mile bike-friendly route for last year’s ride, he realized that even the planning--much less the ride itself--would be no easy task. He had to decide precisely how far to go each day, where to stay, and how to carry everything he needed in a tiny three-pound pack. He comments, “I figured out really quickly what necessities vs. luxuries were. For example, spare tubes and patches--NECESSITY. Extra socks--not so much.”
Matt's fundraising goal is as vast as Lake Michigan: $10,000! With his experience from last year's ride where he raised $1,700, he's determined to involve as many people as possible both in fundraising and in helping out along the way. He says, “Last year when I was first planning this event I had no concept of how hard it was going to be. I didn’t know I could make it more than a few days let alone all 10. Now that I know I can do it, I’m even more determined to make the ride accessible to other people and get more involvement and support which will directly help raise awareness and publicity for WBR.”