FERRIER FILES: Bicyclists hope to 'Break The Cycle' of sex trafficking with 200 mile ride
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —
Just look past those crazy outfits and Nashville's cycling community has some real depth.
This is a group of people really good at raising money for good causes.
Trace Bikes in Bellevue is a family-owned bike shop just a few pedals from the Natchez Trace. This is a family business. Scott Turner fixes bikes while wife, Michelle, helps customers. But they are both big-time long distance cyclists and they are about to prove it when they lead a 200 mile bike ride on the Trace.
"200 miles doesn't just happen: you have to train. We ride all the time but it doesn't matter 200 miles is a beast," Scott Turner said. "It will be one of the most difficult rides most us have ever done."
So what is the incentive? Break The Cycle raises money to help rescue and restore people who have been victims of sex trafficking.
Fundraisers are nothing new for the Turners, over the years they have raised half a million dollars for M.S. with various rides.
But this is a new charity for them and it has really hit home.
"I have two teenage daughters and my heart just broke, I thought 'I can't believe that these young women and young boys are being sold into slavery and being abused time and time again for year,'" Michelle Turner said. "I thought, 'I can't know this and not do something.'"
And so the Turners will try something even they haven't done before. They will join a group of cyclists and ride 200 miles on the Natchez Trace. They will climb 10,000 feet in elevation. They will be on those hard seats for 14 to 16 hours.
But they will do it with friends and they will suffer together. And every mile they ride will help pay for housing for sex trafficking victims in Nashville and Nepal, a goal that will keep them pedaling through the pain.
"I've got a few friends who have been on one that and they talk how difficult that is. But if I am going to do one it is going to be for this," Scott Turner said.
Michelle is the only woman in the group of 17 and says she's driven by all those other women suffering in slavery.
"I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't try," Michelle said.
Break The Cycle is Friday, Sept. 28 starting at at 5 a.m. on the Natchez Trace and ends at 8 p.m.
It's to late to sign up to ride, but not too late to donate. Here's a link.