Team Flying Point, riding for the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, had its biggest showing yet during its fourth year of participation in the Bike to the Beach for Autism ride on Friday.
Each of the team’s 14 members hail from the East End, including the foundation’s president and founder, Kim Covell, who resides in Water Mill and is an assistant editor for The Press.
Three Southampton High School teachers—Mitti Ellams, Laura Franklin and Kendra Lesta—participated in this year’s race, along with Peter Boody, the news editor of The Sag Harbor Express.
Bruce Milliken, a retired business consultant from North Sea, Romi Sloan, a garden designer from North Sea, and her assistant, Jillian McErlean of Sag Harbor, also participated, along with Julie Cummings-Bosch, a project manager for Wright & Company, and East Hampton resident Tom Gallmeyer.
The Goldman family of Hampton Bays and New York City—Jean and Barry Goldman, and their son Teddy, who has autism—completed the 25-mile course together. Bike to the Beach offers 105-, 55- and 25-mile rides.
Ms. Covell said the weather was perfect, but the headwind throughout the day made the 105-mile ride take longer than usual to finish. With the help of the generous sponsorships of team members, the foundation raised nearly $33,000 through the ride.
Bike to the Beach is a non-profit organization that combines biking, purpose, and fun to inspire individuals to overcome obstacles through personal challenge and to inspire the larger community to raise funds and awareness for autism, the most prevalent developmental disability in the world. The organization partners with local organizations, like the Flying Point Foundation for Autism, that provide services to the autism community.