Derry cyclist completes 1,400-mile ride to raise autism awareness
By HUNTER McGEE
Union Leader Correspondent | August 08. 2014 7:04PM
To go with Tour to Endure finish story Rich DiSalvo raises his arm in triumph after crossing into Florida Thursday to complete the Second Stage of the Tour to Endure.
DiSalvo pedaled into Yulee, Fla., Thursday night, a day ahead of schedule, to finish the second stage of the fundraising effort dubbed "The Tour to Endure."
“They’ve been incredible — this has been the definition of a team effort,” he said.
DiSalvo crossed the length of the Granite State last year in a two-day ride, raising more than $1,000 for Autism Speaks, an autism science and advocacy organization.
DiSalvo was accompanied on this ride by his family: wife Sue, daughters Christina, 19, Jennifer, 8 and sons Joe, 21 and James, 17.
He said the best part of the journey was when he was able to ride with his children and brothers.
His brother Phil was able to ride with him several times. And he also rode with brothers Steve and Dave on the second day of the trip.
“I’ve gone through so many small towns and on so many quiet roads — farmland as far as the eye can see … and ridden on city streets and then roads with no one in sight for miles,” DiSalvo said.
New for this year is the addition of a raffle to help raise funds, DiSalvo said. Black Bear Lodge of Waterville Valley has donated the grand prize, a two-night stay at one of their deluxe suites and there are other prizes as well, DiSalvo said.
For additional information as well as information on a raffle, new this year, visit the event Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Three-Stage-Tour-to-Endure/641436889270618