Robert O’Hern rides his bike in a stationary setup in front of the Town & Country Market on Winslow Way Friday.
The cyclist has been a regular fixture lately on Winslow’s main drag; he’s been promoting the upcoming Mary Bridge Children’s Courage Bicycle Tour (formerly called the Courage Classic) that will take place Aug. 25-26.
The tour is a fundraiser for Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, which serves children stricken with an illness, accidental injuries, and victims of physical or sexual abuse.
O’Hern is usually in front of the downtown grocery store three days a week, and he said he averages about 14 miles an hour.
“One day I did 61 miles,” he said.
This year’s tour has four routes, and O’Hern said he’ll be taking on the toughest one: the Northwest Brew Thru 144 miles.
This is the 12th consecutive year he’ll be riding in the tour for the hospital.
And there was no slowing down on Friday, either, despite the heat.
Riders must raise a minimum of $750 in pre-collected pledges by Aug. 16.
O’Hern’s goal: $12,000.
“It’s for a good cause,” he said.
Donations are tax-deductible. To support O’Hern on his ride, visit http://mchs.convio.net/goto/BobOHern63.