Biking for COVID-19 relief

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SCOTT TOWNSHIP, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Lackawanna County woman is taking on new heights to raise money for COVID-19 relief.

The avid cyclist is attempting to climb the equivalent elevation of Mount Everest within 24 hours. Cindy Copley of North Abington Township is doing what she loves – cycling. With races canceled across the country due to the pandemic, she decided to ride with Rebecca Rusch, a three-time world champion.

“She put up this challenge for athletes all over the world to pick up different elevations to ride,” Copley said.

It’s happening over Memorial Day weekend and must be done within 24 hours. Cindy is fulfilling her challenge of biking 29,029 feet in elevation, the same height as Mount Everest, on Hubbard Mountain in Scott Township.

“I’m going to be here all darn day, but it just made sense,” Copley said.

Through Cindy’s own calculations, she will have to go up and down 111 times. She says it’s going to take her about 20 hours. Cindy’s endurance is all for a good cause. Over the past three weeks, people have been donating to encourage the challenge.

While money raised will provide bikes for frontline healthcare workers, cycling infrastructure and support research for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Be Good Foundation. For hours, family and friends cheer Cindy on.

“It is great to be out here with the whole setup and I am used to supporting her through the 24 hour races and the 100-mile races and it’s just… it’s kind of a regular thing we do through the summer,” Cindy’s husband Jack Copley said.

Drinks, food, and riding partners are what’s powering Cindy all the way until the end.

“This is going to get tiring really fast so the more company I have throughout the day, the better,” Cindy said.

If you would like to help Cindy’s fundraising efforts, click here.

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