“We are providing him with a bike, lights for the nighttime ride and loaning him a Garmen GPS unit so every time he comes into the feeding station, we will download the GPS unit into a computer, upload the session and put it back on his bike,” said Fetzer, whose online updates at www.lagunacycleryshop.blogspot.com will include Vitolo’s pace, elevation climbed, miles completed, and stories from his ride.
“He’s always had a passion for cycling and helping people and he’s doing both in one event,” said Vitolo’s fiancé Jessica Tucker, who will be manning a booth at Fairview and Coast Highway that will serve as Vitolo’s pit stop and a spot for fans wishing to be a part of the action.
In addition to the list of Vitolo’s supporters that will be present at his rest station, Reuse Jeans will be distributing 20 denim tote bags with gift certificates prior to holding a 3 p.m. raffle for Vitolo’s benefit where three pairs of jeans will be given away.
“To see how a bike can change people’s lives is amazing,” said Vitolo. “It’s like giving them a way to make money for their family or to gather water and students can use it to go to school,” he said of the $150 bikes Wheels4Life donates to those in need of transportation.
Although Vitolo concedes his longest ride to date was under seven hours, he’s confident his passion for the cause will keep his feet peddling.