Mountain biker to ride for a cause

July 23, 1997


Staff Writer, Charles Town

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Michele Drapeau loves getting on her mountain bike and heading down a trail with the trees racing past.

Sometimes the obstetrics nurse at Jefferson Memorial Hospital rides not just for fun, but for a good cause.

Drapeau plans to take her bike to Colorado in September to participate in a fund-raising event for the Jimmy Heuga Center to help those with multiple sclerosis.

Drapeau, 29, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., will be with a team of two other bikers from the Washington, D.C., area who joined her for a similar mountain bike fundraiser at a Pennsylvania ski resort.


At that fund raiser, Drapeau and her team came in first for the most laps and the most money raised.

Her goal is to raise more than $3,000, which also would provide a scholarship to a local person with multiple sclerosis to attend the Jimmy Heuga Center.

The center, located in Edwards, Col., is a nonprofit center that teaches those with multiple sclerosis to live healthier and better lives.

Heuga, a world-class skier when he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, founded the center in 1984.

The Colorado event is scheduled for Sept. 18.

Drapeau said she has run marathons and raced bicycles on roads, but that mountain biking might be the most challenging sport she's done.

"I get banged up more in mountain biking. You really have to concentrate more. It's a lot more technical than road biking. With the road biking you can zone out ... on a trail you can hit a tree," Drapeau said.

"But you feel like a kid again. You go out and get dirty and get banged up and stuff," Drapeau said.

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