Tackle White Mountains Sept. 13-15 To Demonstrate The
Abilities Of People
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
September 9, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Northeast Passage at the University
of New Hampshire, through its adaptive sports program, will host
cyclists with disabilities on a three-day adventure Sept. 13 to
15, 2004, through the heart of the White Mountains.
The “Three Notches Disabled Cycling Expedition” will cover approximately
100 miles and 4,300 feet of elevation gain over three days. The bike route will
be on dedicated bike paths as well as major roads.
Eleven riders will use arm-powered handcycles as well as traditional bicycles
to complete the ride. Participants include Geoff Krill of N. Woodstock; Craig
Gray of Scarborough, Maine; Karen Clark of Windham; Jesse Walker of Ossipee;
Steve Osgood of Nottingham; Rich Herman of Manchester; Chris and Jeremiah Salter
of Somersworth; Gladi Hartford of Concord; Jessie Nelson of Durham; and Tonya
Knightly (hometown unknown at press time).
Day one of the expedition begins at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, covering 35 miles
through Franconia Notch and ending at the AMC Highland Lodge.
On day two, cyclists will descend through Crawford Notch and into North Conway
covering 25 miles and staying at the North Conway Grand Hotel.
Day three will cover a grueling 38 miles up and over the Kancamagus Pass and
finishing up the ride at Loon Mountain.
The name Northeast Passage originated as a metaphor for empowering individuals
disabilities to climb the mountain of barriers presented to them,” says
Dave Lee, cycling expedition coordinator. “The Three Notches Ride will
be the embodiment of the Northeast Passage mission.”
Event sponsors include Fisher Scientific International Inc., Handi-Coach Handicap
Van Rentals, and Granite State Independent Living.
Each year Northeast Passage runs many cycling events from introductory clinics
to organized rides to introduce people with disabilities to the options available
for cycling. The adaptive cycling program offers the support necessary to cycle
again with friends and family, as well as skilled instructors, avid cyclists
of all abilities as volunteers, and equipment rental of more than 15 different
adapted cycles to fit each individual’s needs.
Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized leader in innovative therapeutic recreation
services, delivers disability-related health promotion and adapted sports programs
throughout New England. Founded in 1990, Northeast Passage collaborates with
health care providers, schools, communities, and businesses to develop and administer
more than 500 events annually. A service and research branch of the University
of New Hampshire, School of Health and Human Services - Department of Recreation
Management and Policy, Northeast Passage is an independently funded, not-for-profit
Contact Northeast Passage at 603-862-0070 or visit www.nepassage.org for more