PRAGUE – The weather wasn’t nice for a ride through the countryside. But, that didn’t stop more than 200 people for riding for a cause on Saturday.
The Bohemian Ag Tour sponsored by Alps Angels had to contend with stiff winds and cool temperatures, but Alps Angels Member Chris Lidgett said a determined group still gathered to help raise some dollars for Carson Biltoft’s journey with Spina Bifida.
“It definitely was not for the faint of heart,” he said.
The ATV and UTV poker ride started in Prague. There were 140 machines and about 230 people registered. The route took participants to Abie, Brainard, Loma and Weston, before returning then to Prague.
Lidgett said the rain the night before altered the planned route a bit. Last minute route changes were made in an effort not to tear up county roads. About six to seven miles were clipped from the planned 60-mile route.
“Luckily, the person that lead us had grown up on the area roads and was able to make the adjustments,” he added.
The start and end of the ride had a special guest too.
Biltoft brought his checkered flag and waved to all of the machines and riders as they left and then came back to Prague.
“Everybody loved it,” Lidgett said. “The smile on the kids face was absolutely amazing.”
Seeing him be so positive in his wheelchair put a real focus on the purpose for this ride, he added.
Registration for the ride was a free will donation for Carson’s Crew. About $3,500 was raised. The Brainard youth has had hospital stays, surgeries and physical therapy and more is still to come.
Alps Angels also made a plaque with his name and presented that to Biltoft prior to the start of the ride. Lidgett said the youngster beamed when it was presented and now calls it his trophy.
“That’s why we do this, to make a difference in someone’s life,” he said.
Alps Angels wants to continue to make those differences too. The first Bohemian Ag Tour was held in September. That ride raised money for the park improvement project in Prague. The cause for this September’s ride has not yet been identified, but Lidgett said the group will be developing a list of possibilities.
He credited the group’s sponsors for helping to make this ride successful. He also thanked the Saunders County Sheriff’s Office for its presence to make sure all machines were safe and for helping at highway crossings.