AUGUST 8, 2019 | The Jewish Home
Around the Community
Gesher Bridges 5TRiders and Team Great Neck
s many riders are preparing for the upcoming Bike4Chai, Gesher took the opportunity to give something back to the riding community. A typical Sunday ride is unsupported. That makes it challenging with the possibility of mechanical issues and the need to re-hydrate and replenish the energy. Through its annual Gesher Century Challenge, Gesher has formed a bond with many of the local riders. After a little inquiring, it was clear that this past Sunday was a perfect day for Gesher to sponsor and support a ride. And so Gesher Century Challenge IV stage 3 was born – the Impromptu Ride. Based on feedback from the past rides, Team Gesher came fully stocked with ice cold drinks, energy gels and bars, a solid spread for a lunch rest stop, and a SAG vehicle to provide real time support. With the promise of a supported ride, many more of the 5TRiders came out together than was originally anticipated. The main group set out from the Lawrence Train Station at 6:45 a.m. and met up with the others in Gesher’s parking lot in
Cedarhurst just a few minute later. After loading up on supplies and a quick picture, they were off. With the SAG vehicle in safe distance the groups, now peeled into slightly different routes, set off for Sagamore Hill. About 25 miles into the ride the SAG provided a quick makeshift rest stop to re-hydrate. This was a great benefit for riders who are usually on their own. With almost military precision, the groups descended on Sagamore Hill, arriving in five- to ten-minute intervals of each other. The SAG was ready with the full lunch stop open for the riders. In a real show of achdus, 5TRiders Captain Allan Lieberman contacted Team Great Neck Captain Elie Edalati and invited their group to meet up and share the lunch stop. Those checking on strava commented, that it was beautiful to see all of the riders converging from the North Shore and the South Shore at the same time. There is a friendly rivalry between the groups, both of whom significantly support B4C, and “the battle for the hill” brought a real sense of camaraderie to their efforts. Even B4C
posted a special post commending the two groups and their captains. GCC rider and Gesher parent Naftali Leiner gave a quick summation of the extraordinary work that Gesher does in our community. And then the riders were off. Gesher appreciates the opportunity to support the riders who selflessly support many wonderful causes, and create a special sense of friend-
ship along the way. Special thanks to Gesher riders Michel Harbater for initiating the ride, Andy Gladstone, and Shaya Lieber for their constant input and directions, Sam Travis of Cadence Cycling for providing the SAG mechanicals, and Naftali Leiner and Yosef Cohen for coordinating the SAG vehicle. Looking forward to GCCV.
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