Just four years ago Illinois native Kendall Gretsch, who was born with Spina Bifida, had never raced cross country. After discovering the sport through Central Cross Country Skiing’s (CXC) Adaptive Program, she’s now a double Paralympic gold medalist.
CXC’s adaptive programs touch many enthusiastic skiers. Now it’s your turn to help support CXC Adaptive through participation in the organization’s 5th annual bike drawing in partnership with Bingham Built Bikes.
Beginning September 5th, CXC supporters have an opportunity to purchase a limited edition ticket for just $100. Only 250 tickets will be sold. Prizes include a Bingham Built bike plus other items from Rudy Project. The drawing will conclude with a live-streamed duck race on November 1st to determine the winners.
A protege of noted frame-builder Kent Eriksen, Brad Bingham moved from Oregon to Steamboat Springs over 20 years ago to follow his passion of building bikes. A career Kent Eriksen’s local bike shop and years working with Kent, Brad acquired Kent Eriksen Cycles in 2016 and is now debuting his own brand, Bingham Built.
Once again, Kent Eriksen Cycles will provide a custom designed, hand-crafted, titanium road, cyclocross or hardtail mountain bike frame but with the new name Bingham Built. The frame will be built with a Bontrager Paradigm Elite wheel-set (or similar equivalent) and SRAM Force speed component group (or similar equivalent). One of the best bikes on the road or trail today, it’s valued at $8,500.00.
CXC’s adaptive programs provide opportunities for cross country skiers through organized outreach, as well as providing access to sit-skis. In addition, CXC provides regular outreach to disabled veterans through its programs at VA hospitals in Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
“Our work with adaptive skiers is one of our most gratifying projects,” said CXC Executive Director Yuriy Gusev. “Thanks to the generosity of Kent Eriksen Cycles, Sram and Trek, we have been able to support more adaptive skiers than ever before the past few seasons.”
One of the highlights of this CXC event every year is the surprise and happiness of the winner, including Derek Popp last year.
“I never thought that I would actually win and I was happy to just be supporting CXC Adaptive program,” said Popp. “I entered the bike drawing because I was looking at mountain bikes and for $100 that would be a good deal if I won. The bike drawing is really a great opportunity to support skiing and if you are lucky win a great bike.”
Complete details on the Bingham Built bike event can be found at www.cxcskiing.org/bike.