Giving by Biking 2020 - Pat Parseghian

Support My Ride - Best Buddies Hearst Castle Challenge: September 12, 2020

I challenge YOU
to donate the dollars (any amount!)
I do the miles (100)
YOU get a tax deduction
I get sweaty and sore
TOGETHER, we make life a little better for others.
It doesn't get any easier than this (well, for you, at least).

Victorious Pat at the finish line, San Simeon, California, September 12, 2015 I need your help to beat my fundraising goal. Click here to donate in support of Best Buddies International.

I love this ride, and the cause warms my heart. This year will mark my 13th 100-mile journey to Hearst Castle for Best Buddies (in 2018, I scaled back to the 60-mile route to avoid triple-digit heat).

I first rode for Best Buddies in 2007, and I was hooked. In 2008 I met pro bike racer Ryder Hesjedal and swam in the Neptune Pool for the first time. It was on the 2009 ride that I finally noticed the famous elephant seals on the outskirts of San Simeon. In 2010, I rode through the fog on a really fast bike. In 2011, I was a bit jet-lagged, but I made it to the finish. In 2012 the conditions were perfect! The 10th Anniversary ride in 2013 was my seventh (I missed the first three rides). I made it a double in 2014: after crossing the finish line at Hearst Castle, I traveled to start at the Washington Monument. The skies were overcast but the temperature was just right in 2015. My 10th anniversary year was 2016: my tenth trip down the coast! We faced fresh challenges in 2017 and 2018, when Mother Nature denied us our scenic ride down the Pacific Coast Highway. She made up for it with near-perfect conditions in 2020!

To learn more about Best Buddies International, follow this link. And thanks for considering this worthy cause.

Last modified: October 3, 2019