Ride of a lifetime — Teen completes Seattle to Portland bike ride event for charity

August 26, 2014

Amol Garg is an unusually motivated 14-year-old, and his inner fire fueled another noteworthy accomplishment this summer.

Contributed  Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

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Amol Garg, 14, trained for about four months for the STP, despite never having ridden a bike for more than 15 miles.

Garg, who will be a Skyline High School freshman in September, has been actively involved around Sammamish for years. He volunteers with a youth-centered charity that uses arts and crafts projects as inspiration, has achieved the rank of Life Scout with Troop 677, and founded a Toastmasters-type club to help fellow children improve their public-speaking and leadership skills.

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Not too little for long bike ride

August 13, 2013

Susheel Cheeti, of Issaquah, cruises on his bike July 13 during the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic. By MarathonFoto

Susheel Cheeti, of Issaquah, cruises on his bike July 13 during the Group Health Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic.
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Since February, 11-year-old Susheel Cheeti has biked more than 1,400 miles. Of those, Susheel completed a little over 200 within 17 hours during the Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic over the weekend of July 13.

The recreational bike ride, sponsored by Group Health, hosts up to 10,000 riders in support of bicycle education, advocacy, commute and riding programs throughout the greater Puget Sound region. This was Susheel’s first year participating. According to M.J. Kelly, director of communications and marketing at the Cascade Bicycle Club, he was one of 137 Issaquah residents who participated in the event.

For the 11-year-old who just finished fifth grade at Cascade Ridge Elementary School, a lot of his determination for the 200-mile trek came from his five years of tae kwon do training at True Martial Arts in Sammamish.

“We have a mental requirement for every rank. A couple belts ago, it was no giving up,” he said.

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