10th annual Bo Bikes Bama event set for Saturday

10th annual Bo Bikes Bama event set for Saturday
Bo Jackson speaks outside Auburn's Jordan Hare Stadium just before kicking off a small VIP bike ride around the Auburn/Opelika area ahead of Saturday's main Bo Bikes Bama event. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Two-sport legend Bo Jackson is back on the Plains this weekend, and on Saturday, he is encouraging Alabamians to hop on a bike and ride for great cause.

“This is our 10th anniversary [of Bo Bikes Bama], and it’s something special,” said Jackson. “This isn’t about Auburn, this isn’t about Tuscaloosa - this isn’t about who you cheer for on Saturday,” said Jackson. “This is about supporting your local man.”

The goal is to raise money for the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund to help those affected by severe storm damage in Alabama with the ride originally stemming from the deadly April 27 tornadoes back in 2011.

This is the second year in a row the event will be virtual, but Jackson says it hasn’t stopped bikers from participating.

“Last year, we did our first virtual ride, and we had almost 7,000 riders from around the world, and we had riders from about 40-something difference countries, which is great,” said Jackson. “We raised a lot of money, and we’re gonna do the same thing this year. It gets you off of the sofa, and the people that have done it once, it’s their hobby now. They like it, and it’s something that I’m gonna do until they tell me I can’t.”

The main event happens Saturday, but not before he met up with some VIPs Friday to cycle around the Auburn/Opelika area.

Through Bo Bikes Bama’s partner platform Zwift, a global community with group rides and community races for all levels, cyclists will choose their own routes for Saturday.

Those routes may take them through their neighborhoods, nearby parks or other trails, but they’ll continue bring awareness to the cause.

With this being the 10th anniversary of Bo’s first ride, he says it’s that much more important to give back to the community.

“We are trying to make a difference, and any donation we accept. It could be a penny, and we will take it,” said Jackson. “So please give to Bo Bikes Bama because like I said earlier mother nature is undefeated. She’s a bad woman and the only thing you can do when she comes to your town is get the hell out of the way, so it’s all about giving and giving back.”

Registration for the virtual ride as well as adding a donation can be found online.

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