After two great weekends of racing in the Kansas City area, take a break from the race scene this weekend and head out to Independence, Missouri to take part in a great charity ride.

The Freedom Ride has been raising money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization dedicated to fighting children’s cancers. Since 2009, The Freedom Ride has offered one of the best routes, best SAG support, and a great team of volunteers. The ride has route options ranging from 20 to 86 miles on the road as well as a trail-ride for families and those who prefer to stay off the roads.

Freedom Ride Wellington

The shorter routes take riders through the eastern Jackson County country roads with longer routes diving down along the Missouri River on the way to Lexington, Missouri. SAG stops include a wonderful orchard and cider mill as well as a great bucolic vineyard.

“Cancer affects individuals, families and communities everywhere. The Freedom from Cancer Ride is a local response by members of the United We Ride cycling team to raise funds for cancer research, treatment and family support services. The team strives to unite local communities in a common fight against cancer and promote bicycling safety, transportation, fitness and fun. United We Ride has raised more than $1.2 million for Multiple Sclerosis research and treatment through the team’s annual participation in the MS Bike Ride. Because cancer impacts even more people, it was a natural fit for the team to embrace this new cause with the same enthusiasm and aggressive goals.”