"I’ve heard United Way people talk about ‘Give-Advocate-Volunteer’, but it didn’t really sink in until about halfway into the ride. It was at that point that it made sense – I was being an advocate by participating, and volunteering my time for a purpose bigger than me."

"I knew going into the ride that it would be tough, but I couldn’t have been happier with the support and how it all turned out, especially at the finish! I’ll definitely be on the lookout for it again next year."

Ride United Featured Rider:
Dave Nagel
Access Health

Why did you choose to ride in a past Ride United?

"To challenge myself as a cyclist to complete 100 miles in one day of riding while also supporting a good cause."

What was your favorite moment/experience from the previous ride event?

“Riding along the lakeshore is always a unique experience. Last year, the weather was a little colder but the view from duck lake was gorgeous. Having those experiences from a bike give you a little more time and opportunity to take in how cool our surroundings really are.”

What are you looking forward to for this year’s Ride United?

“I’m excited to see how this event will grow, how other cyclists will experience for themselves the challenge and reward of a long bike ride, and having the opportunity to be a part of a well-organized and rewarding event.”

How long have you been an avid rider?

“6 years.”

What would you tell someone who is considering riding with us in September 2014?

“100 miles in this event is not as bad as one would think. In the past, the ride has been broken into digestible chunks making it accessible for less experienced riders. You still need to put in the work, but if you can ride 50 miles, you can ride 100 miles!.”

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