Pedaling To Collect Food For Those In Need

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Spending Saturday afternoon on two wheels is pretty typical for bicyclist Art Holden. 

“I’m a 365 day bicycle commuter. I ride to work pretty much every day. I just love being on a bike, life is better on a bike I think,” Holden said. 

On Saturday, Holden will spend three hours competing against other bicyclists to collect food for Feeding South Dakota’s pantry in the fourth-annual Cranksgiving event. 

Last year, competitors had to trudge through snow and sleet. Holden and his friend Mike Weber have riden in the event every year, no matter the weather.

“There’s a lot of people in need and I’m able to help and so is everybody else so it’s just great to come together as a group,” Weber said. 

There’s already twice as many teams competing in this year’s bike race and the team with the most points at the end of the day will win this trophy. 

“They get points for food, getting food from certain locations, being the first one back, social media posts, things like that to make it a little more fun,” Pickard said. 

Chad Pickard, owner of Spoke N Sport, says it’s a perfect time to hit the streets ahead of the holiday season.

“We’ve got three huge barrels, love to fill all three of them. I don’t think we’ll have a problem doing that,” Pickard said. 

This year, it even looks like mother nature will be a good sport.    

“You can hit six, seven, eight different grocery stores on a bicycle and I think that’s pretty cool,” Holden said. 

All you need to participate is a bike, a bag to carry food and 10 to 20 dollars. For more information, visit the event’s page on Facebook

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