The Cambrian

Gene Cerise Memorial: Bike ride raises $25,000

Riders included Mike Sarr of Bakersfield, above left, passing the Piedras Blancas Light Station, a one-legged rider who peddled the 50-mile route with his rescued one-eyed pug “Bell” in his bike basket.
Riders included Mike Sarr of Bakersfield, above left, passing the Piedras Blancas Light Station, a one-legged rider who peddled the 50-mile route with his rescued one-eyed pug “Bell” in his bike basket. PHOTO BY MERLE BASSETT / SPECIAL TO THE CAMBRIAN

About 250 bike riders took part in the 12th annual Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride on Saturday. The ride, a fundraiser for the YMCA Cambria Teen Center, started and finished at Shamel Park in Cambria and raised approximately $25,000. Riders had three routes from which to choose: 15, 50 or 100 miles.

One rider on the 100-mile route was peddling downhill on 46 when a boogie board flew out of the pickup truck in front of him and slammed into his face. He was unhurt except for a sore neck.

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