The Centurion in rolling into town! From Aug. 17-19, the area will be filled with regional and international cycling enthusiasts ready to take on the challenge of 25-, 50- and 100-mile road courses. A highlight of the weekend will be a Saturday morning 11.5-mile ride with former Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine to raise funds for his children’s charity.
After playing for the New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, LaFontaine left hockey prematurely due to a series of head injuries and concussions suffered throughout his career. With the help of friends and family, as well as inspiration gained from the kids at Buffalo Children’s Hospital where he volunteered much of his time, he was able to bridge this difficult time.
He said, “Being with these kids … changed my life. These children left me with a simple reality: We don’t always have much control over what happens to us, but we do have a choice in how we respond.”
The amazing kids he met provided the impetus to begin the Companions in Courage Foundation to help fund interactive playrooms called Lion’s Dens in children’s hospitals. Using innovative communications tools, these rooms make juvenile patients feel less isolated in the hospital setting and provide a connection to their family, friends and celebrity visitors during their hospital stays.
To raise additional funds to build more Lion’s Dens, LaFontaine has partnered with his good friend Graham Fraser of Centurion Cycling to create Pat’s Ride, which begins at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 18.
Pay one price for all event, or purchase tickets for individual events. Be sure to check out the Pedal with Pat LaFontaine Package that includes registration for the C50 or C100, a custom cycling jersey and donation to his foundation.
For more details on LaFontaine’s fundraising ride and foundation, go to www.pedalwithpat.com. For Ellicottville Centurion cycling weekend schedules, events, registration and course maps, go to www. centurioncycling.com.