A northeast Iowa man is taking cross-country bicycling to a new level while raising money for charity. 22-year-old Tyler Weig of Oelwein is planning to ride his bike, solo, from Oregon to Virginia, while at the same time fundraising for the American Cancer Society. Tyler graduated from Iowa State University in May and wanted to challenge himself while doing something fun, big and that would help people. Tyler will start his four-thousand mile journey on Saturday in Florence, Oregon, riding through eleven states, before arriving at his destination of Virginia Beach on July 24th, which coincides with another significant event. That’s the date the Tour de France bike race is set to conclude and may be the day cancer survivor and American biking legend Lance Armstrong takes his seventh straight win in the event. Tyler will be riding through Iowa, but his cycling route won’t be through his hometown of Oelwein. He’ll follow Highway 30 to Ames, head south to Des Moines, then over to Iowa City before reaching Illinois. Mirroring Iowa’s RAGBRAI bike ride, which Tyler has participated in before, he plans to dip his bike tires in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Tyler is still raising money for his expenses, as well as the American Cancer Society. About 15-hundred dollars has been raised for the trip, which may cost five or six-thousand dollars. He says the goal of the fundraiser is 50-thousand dollars. Anyone wanting more information on his ride or to make a donation can call 800-688-0147, option “3,” or go to the website “www.acsevents.org/ia/cyclingforacure”. The mailing address is: American Cancer Society, Cycling For a Cure, 8364 Hickman Road, Suite D, Des Moines, IA 50325.
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