Albany resident and cyclist Lindsey Giles will be riding cross country this summer as part of the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure to help fight poverty housing. (Submitted photo)
ALBANY — Albany resident Lindsey Giles is planning to cycle 3,600 miles this summer in an effort to raise money for the fight against poverty housing.
Riders with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure will travel across the country from Atlantic City, N.J., to Astoria, Ore., cycling an average of 75 miles a day and rolling through 15 states starting Thursday and going through Aug. 10, with Giles expecting to make the entire trip.
The Fuller Center for Housing is a nonprofit organization that seeks to eradicate poverty housing by promoting partnerships with individuals and community groups to build and rehabilitate homes for people in need, the organization’s website says.
As an occupational therapist, poverty housing is something Giles said is close to her heart. Having been involved with cycling groups in the Albany area for several years, her father joked around with her in 2012 about the idea of riding cross country.
Eventually, she decided to embark on her first coast-to-coast ride as an effort to both get more miles under her belt as well as raise awareness for the cause.
“(On cross country trips) you see more surroundings, meet more people,” Giles said. “I thought: ‘I can do this’ … it’s to get out of my comfort zone and see what I am capable of.
“I’m hoping (there will be) more awareness on the issue. … I hope it will start others to go out and do something.”
Along the way, cyclists will have several build days with Fuller Center covenant partners along the route while camping out in places such as schools or churches, said Giles and officials with The Fuller Center. Cyclists are required to raise funds individually for The Fuller Center to participate in the adventure.
The Americus-based Fuller Center for Housing was founded in 2005 by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, as a continuation of the affordable housing ministry they started 40 years ago. The Bicycle Adventure is The Fuller Center’s single biggest fundraiser, having generated more than $950,000 in the past six years for the fight against poverty housing around the world. It is poised to top the $1 million fundraising mark this year, officials at the center say.
The fundraising goal for those participating in the entire ride is $3,600. Those who would like to contribute to Giles’s fundraising effort can go to www.fullercenter.org/bikeadventure/meettheriders.