• The Gasp: Bike, Boat ’N Bake Announces Inclusion of E-Assist Bicycles.

    PRESS RELEASE / July 15, 2019 (Hyannis, MA) - The Barnstable Charitable Foundation (BCF) is pleased to announce that The Gasp: Bike, Boat ’N Bake will welcome riders on e-assist bicycles on September 15, 2019. Formerly known as The Last Gasp, now known as The Gasp, the ride begins in Sandwich at 7am where 300 riders are given 5 hours to negotiate the newly designed 55-mile route, which now utilizes the Cape Cod Rail Trail from Nickerson State Park to the end of the CCRT in Wellfleet. From there, riders continue on to the finish line at the Harbor Hotel in Provincetown.

    The Gasp is a fundraising ride, not a race, that welcomes riders of all fitness levels. Cape Medical Supply and Bike Zone of Cape Cod have generously sponsored an e-assist bike raffle to promote The Gasp opening the ride to e-bikes. Each rider will receive a raffle ticket with their Gasp registration, with additional opportunities available for purchase up to 500 total tickets. The winning ticket will be drawn during the traditional lobster bake that follows the ride at the American Legion in Sandwich, MA. Hockey legend Bobby Orr and Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe will be in attendance at the lobster bake mingling with riders and bake guests. Bobby Orr will draw the winning ticket during the award program.

    The Gasp planning committee is excited to announce this raffle promotion with the welcoming of category 3 e-assist bikes, which are non-throttle and capped at 20mph. Event manager Aimee Guthinger commented; “We want to thank Cape Medical Supply, Bike Zone of Cape Cod and Bobby Orr. The philanthropic leadership they have shown in the sponsorship of this promotion is visionary. E-bikes will surely serve to make cycling possible for many more people, despite age, fitness level and/or pre-existing conditions in the coming years. The Gasp is pleased to open up that option to all riders now.” In a recent newsletter communication, Mass Bike stated; “This emerging ridership is a good development, as e-bikes bring the same benefits we all know from “analog” biking; improving physical and mental health, forging a connection to the advocacy community, and getting folks out into open space.” 

    On September 15, 2019, 9 primary local nonprofit beneficiaries; Barnstable Charitable Foundation, Cape Cod Literacy Council, Champ Homes, Community Development Partnership, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Latham Centers, Osterville Village Library and WE CAN, as well as 4 alliance local nonprofit beneficiaries; Community Connections, EforAll, Highland Affordable Housing and Trinity Christian Academy will be rolling across the Cape along with their supporters to raise funds and awareness during the 28th Annual The Gasp: Bike, Boat ’N Bake.

    Those who want to register to ride or to attend the lobster bake only should visit thegasp.org. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the Greater Hyannis Chamber of Commerce administrative office at 356 South Street, Hyannis MA 02601 during office hours or via PayPal. Please call 508-775-7778 x103 or email aimee.guthinger@barnstablecharity.org for more information.

    About Barnstable Charitable Foundation: Building community across Cape Cod by supporting entrepreneurship and lifelong learning, as well as encouraging healthy nonprofits and civic rejuvenation through programs that will help improve the economic health and vitality of our community. BCF produces 3 signature events each year; The Gasp, Spectacle of Trees and Roll the Rock.

     

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