BrandTrip CEO France Cycling Challenge Raises $4,260 For Challenged Athletes Foundation

BrandTrip Partners CEO Tim Hackbardt completed his challenge to climb 10 of the most famous mountains of the Tour de France in 8 days on August 3rd.  With the help of many generous friends, he was able to raise $4,260 for Challenged Athletes Foundation

This funding will be used to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics.  It will help them afford the cost of equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skies and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses.

For his daily re-cap of the challenge ride visit ClimbingFranceForCAF.wordpress.com to read about the difficulties, photos, scenery and of course food he encountered along the way.

We would like to thank the following donors that will help so many have their dreams of competition in sports come true.

$1,000 Bob Cutler - C3

$1,000 Arthur Yelsey - MediaSpot

$250 Dev Ganson - Fishbowl

$100 John Svoboda - Svoboda Studios

$100 Linda Ferrara

$100 Rob Taylor - SplickIt

$100 Ivan Matkovic - SpendGo

$100 Eileen Murray

$100 Nancy Kruse - The Kruse Company

$100 Maggie Reyna - Taco Bell

$100 Mary Rosenberg - Global Media Group

$100 Peggy McCormick - MMM Marketing

$100 John Vitro - Vitro

$100 Jamie Carawan - Front Burner Restaurants

$100 Kevin Rice - Hathway

$100 Pete Bell - Fishbowl

$100 Doug Reifschneider - Firehouse Subs

$50 Karen Zaniker - KZ Marketing

$50 Sloane Perras - The Krystal Company

$50 Marina Segedy - Dextro & Sinistro

$50 Kim Zupfer - KM Food Consulting

$50 Christy Geiling - Rubio's

$50 Juan George - OLO

$50 Jamie Bucciarelli - Paytronix

$50 Barbara Johnson

$50 Chef Barb Colucci

$50 Rosemary Doody - Pieology

$50 Chad Bailey - Yogurtland

$25 Joan Hansen - Marie Callender's

$25 Amy Stoddard

$25 Darren Nutt

$25 Patrick Lenow - Dine Equity

$25 Marcella Hackbardt

BrandTrip CEO Completes France Cycling Challenge With Big Numbers Despite Weather Setback

BrandTrip Partners CEO Tim Hackbardt finished his goal to climb 10 of the most famous Tour de France mountains in eight days with a little improvisation. 

On July 31st, as he was beginning to ascend the final switchbacks on Col du Galibier, three consecutive thunder/lightening storms took him off the road scrambling for shelter as described in his blog entry Epic Turns Ugly & Sheep Attack.  Due to the dangerous weather conditions, he was not able to complete the climb.

However, to keep his promise of 10 big mountain ascents he dug deep and went big for a "make-up" climb.  On his last day, he attacked the famous 21 switchbacks of Alpe d'Huez and did a double for a total of 50 miles, 9,306 feet of climbing and 42 switchbacks on the iconic mountain.

Final totals for training and the challenge trip are as follows:

TREK TRAVEL PROMOTES CEO TIM HACKBARDT'S CHALLENGE TO CLIMB 10 TOUR DE FRANCE MOUNTAINS IN 8 DAYS TO RAISE AWARNESS & FUNDS FOR CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION

Today, Trek Travel began to share Tim Hackbardt's blog covering his journey to climb 10 of the most famous mountains of the Tour de France in 8 days by bicycle with a goal to raise awareness and $10,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation this summer.  

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) raises money to help people with physical challenges pursue an active lifestyle through physical fitness and athletics. CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, competitive lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.

To make a donation towards the $10,000 goal click here.  100% of donations go to CAF. 

Beginning on July 27th, at his own expense, he will begin a cycling sufferfest in the Pyranees and ending in the French Alps. Legendary cols will include Col du Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux, Galibier and the grueling ascent of Alpe d'Huez. By the end of the week, over 33,000 vertical feet of mountains will have been climbed beneath his tires.

To follow his training blog click here.

To follow his facebook training page click here.

It is certainly a tall challenge, but one that pales in comparison to the challenges many CAF athletes face in overcoming physical disabilities and being able to afford the cost of equipment such as sports wheelchairs, handcycles, mono skis and sports prosthetics, and resources for training and competition expenses.

By making a donation towards his fundraising goal you will provide individuals with physical challenges with the tools necessary to find success in sports — and in life.