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Ride For Life Fundraising Event at Snowshoe GNCC

Ride For Life Fundraising Event at Snowshoe GNCC

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 | 4:00 PM


Ride For Life Fundraising Event at Snowshoe GNCC
Hand Bike Vs. Snowshoe Mountain

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 25, 2021) – The Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Specialized, an AMA National Championship, is pleased to announce the Ride For Life fundraising event with former XC1 Pro bike racer, Rory Mead, at this year’s Snowshoe GNCC on Saturday, June 26.

Rory Mead, who himself suffered a catastrophic crash back in 2014 and became paralyzed from the waist down, came up with the idea to take on Snowshoe Mountain by riding his hand bike up the six-mile steep, curvy mountain road as a fundraising event for Lucas Grounds.

“I’ve been wanting to ride up Snowshoe Mountain for a few years now, as I have some great memories from that place,” said Rory. “After taking part in a benefit bicycle ride for Lucas at the Hoosier GNCC, it had me thinking that I’d love to give my support in a way that people would get behind, but also shine some light and inspiration for Lucas, proving what can be done from a wheelchair.”

Lucas Grounds was injured in December while out riding when he crossed a wooden covered bridge. The front end washed out and he was tossed into one of the side pillars. Grounds continues to make amazing strides in physical rehab, but still has a long way to go in his recovery process.

“It’s going to be a challenge, it’s a six mile climb, straight up,” Rory added. “I’ve raced my hand bike all over the world, at multiple world championship events, but have never attempted anything like this. It’s going to be tough, but I’ll be fighting for Lucas the whole climb.”

The Ride For Life event will start at the bottom of the mountain, with Rory beginning his journey up the mountain around 10 a.m. with intentions of making his way into Snowshoe Village for the start of the afternoon ATV race. Riders, families and fans are asked to line the starting area to cheer on Rory as he makes his way to the top. This event was also made possible with the help of Tely Energy and K Wolfe Media.

Rory continued, “It is amazing how far Lucas has come, and I know from experience how important the physical rehab aspect of this injury is, especially early on. Aggressive rehab is essential during the acute stages post spinal cord injury, but it’s also very expensive. The more we can help Lucas and his family get through this, the better the outcome for Lucas and his quality of life moving forward.”

A GoFundMe page has been created, with all proceeds going to the Grounds family, click HERE to donate. Also, keep up-to-date with Rory’s efforts on his Instagram - @rorymead.

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About GNCC Racing

The Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Specialized is the World’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling two and three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through racetracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised live on For more information, please visit

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