Cycle 4 CMT, the annual cycling event to raise money for Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease research, will take place this Sunday, Aug. 28th at the Old Lantern in Charlotte. Cycle 4 CMT is organized by Chris Ouellette of Shelburne and his wife Mia, along with their children, Warren and Lila.
Ouellette’s 23-year-old nephew Yohan Bouchard is one of approximately 250 people in Vermont who have CMT, a progressive neurological disease that causes peripheral nerve damage, resulting in the inability to effectively use one’s hands, arms, feet and legs. Many people who have CMT experience extreme pain in their limbs, and may need to wear leg braces or be confined to wheelchairs.
Ouellette, an active outdoorsman, was inspired to begin this cycling event to raise money for CMT research in the hopes that, someday down the road there will be a cure for CMT, and individuals like his nephew will finally be able to participate in the same kinds of outdoor activities that so many Vermonters enjoy every day.
Cycle for CMT is an event for experienced and non-experienced cyclists of all ages, although registration on the Cycle for CMT website is required to ride. Cyclists choose from one of four beautiful cycling routes that wind through Shelburne, Charlotte, and Hinesburg. The routes range in length from 6.5 to 40 miles, but all of them start and end at the Old Lantern in Charlotte.
The event begins with check-in for cyclists at 8am. Bike rides will run until 11:30am, followed by an after-party for all participants (riders and non-riders) from 11am-3pm. There will be great food and Vermont-brewed beer, with music provided by Leno, Cheney and Young. There will also be a silent auction running all morning at the Old Lantern with items ranging from ski and snowboard gear to clothing, to hotel and inn accommodations, to kayaking tours.
So far this year, Cycle for CMT has raised $60,973 of their $150,000 goal. To donate to the cause, visit the event website at cycle4cmt.com.