Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 11, 2014
The Rosedale Ride celebrates its 20th year on March 22. Cyclists can choose from routes of 20, 40 and 60 miles or a 2-mile children’s ride.
When it started in 1994, the ride drew 50 participants. Today it’s grown to more than 1,200 riders, who pedal through the rolling countryside of eastern Travis County. The money they raise benefits the Rosedale School of Austin, which serves students ages 3 to 22 who have significant medical, physical and cognitive disabilities.
This year’s event, presented by Samsung Austin Semiconductor, starts at 8:30 a.m. March 22.
The annual Rosedale Silent Auction will precede the ride by two days. The auction, set for 5 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Rosedale School, 2117 West 49th Street, will feature items from local businesses, including restaurant gift certificates, hotel packages, jewelry, art and entertainment, plus hand-crafted items made by Rosedale students.
Proceeds from both events will help fund equipment, supplies and training that enable the students to learn independence and life skills. This year’s organizers hope to raise $100,000 to build a wheelchair-accessible playground, create art and music therapy rooms, and equip students with tablet computers.
Registration for the ride is $60 ($10 for the Kid’s Ride) at www.rosedaleride.info. Online registration closes at midnight March 19. (Riders may also register the day of the ride.) To make monetary or in-kind donations to the Rosedale Foundation email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-414-3617.