Riders prepare for epic 418-mile bicycle tour dedicated to the homeless

Adam Dawkins, one of the 80 plus riders of Team Samaritan House, shares his thoughts before the Ride the Rockies Bicycle tour in June.

Charity Works: How did you get connected with the team?

Adam Dawkins: My uncles, Tom Dea and Tim Dea, got me started with cycling and riding for Team Samaritan House. Spending time with them has been a great blessing for me.

CW: What motivated you to join the team?

Adam: I love everything about cycling: the challenge, the solitude and the travel on two wheels is a spiritual motion that helps me stay in the present moment and live deliberately and fully. The riders who ride for Team Samaritan House are great role models and examples of men and women with and for others. I teach at Regis Jesuit High School, and our mission for our community is to be committed to doing justice, loving, religious and open to growth. My fellow Samaritan House cycling teammates embody that mission daily, and it brings me great joy to be with them and learn from them.

CW: What’s your favorite snack while riding?

Adam: I make my own riding food. ‘Power balls’ frozen and wrapped individually in wax paper for easy access on the bike. My favorite recipe: oats, cinnamon, honey, chia seeds, peanut butter, coca, coconut. Highly recommended!

CW: What are you most looking forward to during Ride the Rockies?

Adam: I look forward to the climbs. I love the climbs, the camaraderie of my fellow teammates—especially those new to the team—and the fluidity of the journey in nature while we ride through God’s country. Knowing we are raising money for the homeless is inspiring and quite the honor.



Charity Works: How did you get connected with the team?

Nora Sirles: Tom Dea is my husband's cousin and co-captain of Team Samaritan House. For several years Tom has invited me to join the team. Up until a few months ago my response to him was always, ‘I just don't have that much jazz to do a multi-day ride of that caliber, RTR is too big for me’. Little did I know...

CW: What motivated you to join the team?

Nora: In January I joined many cyclists from Team Samaritan House as a guest at the new Samaritan House Women's Shelter. There I learned why the team—and each rider—is so passionate about riding and raising donations and what the donations provide for these women. That evening I went home and laid awake for most of the night. It was so cold outside, and my heart ached for all the women who missed their bus ride to get safely to the shelter. Knowing that I could make a difference in someone's life to help provide a safe bed and roof over someone's head for the night put a light in my soul.  I'm grateful that the good Lord has given me the stamina to start my training of this 59-year-old body to get out and ride for those less fortunate than myself.

CW: What is your favorite snack while riding?

Nora: Bites of a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread followed by Stinger lemonade energy chews. YUMMY!

CW: What are you most looking forward to during Ride the Rockies?

Nora: I'm looking forward to having nothing to do but enjoy what I love in life the most—riding my bike. There will be no work, no errands to run, no meals to cook, no responsibilities other than to put wheels down for six days with 2,000 other cyclists who love to ride their bike, and to be part of Team Samaritan House. To me, there is nothing better than cycling through the high country of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.


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