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WHAT IS THE DIRTY PROJECT?
Let's define 'Project' shall we:
an individual or collaborative enterprise that is carefully planned and designed to achieve a particular aim.
extend outward beyond something else.
Started in 2015 as 'the Dirty Prouty', this 100+ mile, 10,600+ feet of total elevation gain, Vermont dirt road ride was offered under the 'Virtual Prouty' banner as an extreme tough-option to the all-paved Prouty road ride options (25, 50, 100 and 200 mile 'Ultimate') for those people who wanted to suffer AND raise money for the the Norris Cotton Cancer Center Prouty fund-raising event. In to its fifth year, the Dirty Project now has a 'Ripcord' version that gives riders the option of cutting out sections of the full ride.
The 2015 'Dirty Prouty' ride had 25+ riders, in 2017 we were up to 80, and now for 2019 we are aiming for 200 brave souls. The idea is to keep this a small, passionate, focused and for-the-fun of it "bad-ass" ride, at the same time generate a pile of cash for a worthy cause - currently the Prouty, but moving forward our mandate may change as others in need reach out to us - with the ride being the mechanism for drawing donors in. The fund-raising effort in 2019 will be toward the Prouty; early registration is important not only because of the ridership limit but also early registration and donations means that we can take advantage of the (potential) Byrne Foundation match, which typically takes place during the month of April.
Primarily we are good-hearted people with a passion for biking and pushing ourselves but with this ride we extend our passion beyond ourselves to benefit others.
The 'Dirty' part? Well, there's 80+ miles of unpaved Vermont dirt roads to travel on. We think the dictionary is redundant here. Rain or shine, the ride date is set: July 12, 2019. Thanks for your support. -Mike O'Neil
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