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Originally published: 2013-06-27 11:34:53
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Our View: Community is the winner at end of this annual event

Even after 15 years, thousands of uphill miles and more than a few cases of "Snake bite," no two rides are the same. Fortunately for the High Country, the mission that fuels Blood, Sweat and Gears hasn't changed since its inception.

Yes, BSG is personally competitive -- how could it not be when a cyclist faces as much as 100 miles of roadway encroaching on nearly 9,000 feet of cumulative climbing? 

But it is the mission that underpins Blood, Sweat and Gears, and it is that mission which has driven organizers to grow this event from about 130 cyclists in its early years to the more than 1,200 cyclists who took up the challenge on Saturday.

At the end of the day, that mission means tens of thousands of dollars worth of fundraising to support numerous causes, including this year a donation to help make a Disney dream come true for a Make-A-Wish Foundation child.

Read the BSG website and you'll find these words, "Our mission ... to help!"

Each year, that help grows as more riders, more sponsors, more volunteers and more philanthropists partner to help raise funds to fill the gaps of worthy needs.

We're proud to have such an important and community-involved event in our backyard. From the spirit of completing a personal best, to the spirit of High Country hospitality, the impact this one event has on our community is tremendous.

We offer a 15th "well-done" to cyclists, volunteers, organizers and sponsors alike. The ride may have begun at the start of a 50- or 100-mile trek in Valle Crucis, but it ends in the arms of Mickey Mouse, a family in need who is assisted by Red Cross and myriad other causes more fully funded because of those efforts.