A long ago bicycle racing event here in Newport, that is being resurrected, got a big boost last weekend when an internationally acclaimed member of Team Exergy cycling team whipped out his checkbook and doubled the prize money…money aimed at paying for low income Newport families to enroll their kids in local youth sports programs.
Newport Sports Coordinator Liam Hughes says it was last Saturday at Bike Newport, when James Carkulis of Exergy Development Group walked up to the counter and said he wanted to double the prize money for the newly re-created Coast Hills Classic Mountain Bike Race being held next Sunday. Out came Carkulis’ checkbook and in a few moments there was $3,000 in prize money in the purse instead of half that.
Bike Newport owner Elliott Crowder asked if it would be alright to assign $500 to the prize money and a thousand to the fund to pay for low income kids to enroll in youth sports at the city recreation center. Carkulis pulled out his checkbook again and wrote out another check for a thousand dollars for the youth sports scholarship fund.
Hughes says the resurrected Coast HIlls Mountain Bike Race is back up and running, perhaps the only mountain bike race left on the Oregon Coast. It begins this Sunday, May 6th at 10am. For full information on registration, the course and more, consult the event’s website at CoastHillsClassic.com or call 541-265-7783. Technical or course questions can be directed to Bike Newport at 541-265-9917.