Check out the Prouty Charity Rides to the North

Alice Nelson 2009 Ultimate
Alice Nelson 2009 Ultimate

I’ve been a committed Pan Mass Challenge rider for 10 years. It’s perhaps the biggest and best cycling fundraiser in the world. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other great charity rides.

Charlie Kimbell, director of the Prouty Ultimate and Prouty Century Ride and Walk Challenge, recently told me about his group’s great rides up North in New Hampshire and Vermont.

Inspired by the impact of cancer many years ago, the first Prouty ride was held in 1982 by four nurses, in honor of their patient Audrey Prouty. Monies raised benefit the Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

Each event caters to a different group. “The Prouty Century is the best ride for a first-time century rider.  There are SAG stops every 10 miles, the ride is fully supported and the terrain is not too difficult,” Charlie explained.

The Prouty Ultimate caters to a small group (limited to 150) of more serious riders.  It’s a two-day, double-century ride that is as scenic as it is challenging. Charlie explains, “We took the time to include country roads along rivers and streams, around lakes and through quaint New England towns and farmland. ” And, because the group is limited in size, “There is great camaraderie amongst the riders.”

Check out all the details at their web site: Prouty Rides