Chemistry Professor David Myers took up cycling two years ago, while in Australia on sabbatical from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and has paired his growing interest in the sport with helping others.
David has helped raise money through cycling before, participating in a ride for cancer at the beginning of that August through the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut, but this was his first time riding for the food bank. He decided to ride after seeing a flyer for the event in Berkshire Bike and Board in Great Barrington, where he is a patron.
David raised $450 for the food bank. Fellow Simon’s Rock faculty member Amanda Landi, assistant professor of mathematics, was also a first-time participant in this ride, raising just over $200. She, too, has previously raised funds through cycling.
For this benefit ride, David did the half-century ride—50 miles through a portion of Massachusetts known as Pioneer Valley. It was tough due to the heat, but he thinks he would do this same ride again. The ride provided an opportunity to do something useful, while enjoying the sport of cycling, and keeping healthy. “I really like riding with people; it pushes me to do better.”
David is a member of the Berkshire Cycling Association, which hosts cycling opportunities for different levels of experience. Riding with a group is “not a race, it’s an event. It’s a way to connect with other cyclists.”