Last year saw the completion of the first in a series of invitational rides. The premise entailed uniting a handful of riders from all walks of life, from all over the world, and sending them off to an unknown destination. The event’s aim would be for the participants to hurtle down some of the world’s most beautiful mountains, without any advance reconnaissance.
The first event, Urge Kenya, caught the attention of French rider Sam Peridy. Sam was excited to embark on the African journey, but feared that he would never make the ten rider cut. In November 2008, however, Peridy received word that he was officially invited to take part in this remarkable challenge.
There was a unique humanitarian twist to this already singular athletic endeavor. To take part, each rider needed to donate a sum of money for charity. While a financial contribution was the intention, Peridy thought that he could do even more to help underprivileged populations. He had the idea of designing a special bike for the event, which could then be sold and the additional proceeds donated to the affected associations.
Sam told Pascal Ducrot, Vice President of Scott, about his idea. Ducrot agreed to collaborate on the project and commissioned a specially painted Ransom for Peridy to ride in the Urge Kenya. Peridy went on to finish fourth in the inaugural event and raised in excess of three thousand Euros by auctioning his Urge Kenya Ransom.
For this second edition, riders will travel to the roof of the world, the Himalaya in Nepal. Home to Mount Everest, this small country has long played host to the world’s elite mountaineers. In March of this year, Sam and another handful of mountain bikers will pursue their trade in this majestically mountainous country. Again the aim of the trip is to benefit impoverished people of the region. Peridy knows well the hardships which many Nepalese endure. He adopted his son Aassish, now Tony, there just three years ago.
In light of his personal connection, Peridy is especially thankful to his longstanding partners Mavic, SRAM, and above all SCOTT for having created a masterpiece Genius. Sam has dedicated the Genius’ unique artistry to his son, calling it “simply magnificent”. Peridy will again collect donations toward humanitarian projects and auction off his custom SCOTT Genius to generate extra proceeds. Part of these funds will be directly targeted toward the Katmandu orphanage where Sam and Tony first met three years ago.
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source: L Johnson