ROCKINGHAM — Under Carolina blue skies and sweltering heat, a group of cyclists rolled in to the Rockingham Dragway for a water break Tuesday.
The team, one of four, stopped in Richmond County on day 10 of a 70-day, 4,000-mile trek from Baltimore to San Diego raising money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults in the 4K for Cancer.
One of the riders said more than $1 million has been raised for families of patients going through treatment.
Tuesday’s ride was extended from 50 to 70 miles when the group had to re-route through parts of Fort Bragg.
Riders received a police escort as they rode through Rockingham to avoid stoplights.
During their stay in Rockingham, riders were able to shower at Richmond Senior High School, swim at Browder Park and get a night’s sleep at Pee Dee United Methodist Church.
“The city’s really opened their arms and hearts,” said Pastor Matt Seals, who provided logistics for the team and secured the accommidations.
On Wednesday, the riders — ranging in age from 18 to 24 — traveled their first 100-mile stint as they made their way to Gastonia.
—William R. Toler