Third Annual LBI Bike Tour for Cycle4Awareness September 10

After Michael Mirabella was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, his biggest wish was that his legacy be carried out through Cycle4Awareness, which he had started in an unofficial manner a year earlier when he and Ryan Rickus cycled from Philadelphia to Key West in an effort to raise awareness for Autism Speaks.

Shortly before his diagnosis, Cycle4Awareness connected itself to Athletes Helping Athletes, an organization that connects student-athletes with special needs athletes in the spirit of friendship for mutual benefit and inspiration. Now, nearly three years after Mirabella’s passing, Cycle4Awareness lives on as a local nonprofit dedicated to helping special needs children and their families.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, Cycle4Awareness is hosting its third Long Beach Island Bike Tour, a family-friendly event beginning at 9 a.m. at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park in Barnegat Light.

The LBI Bike Tour consists of three courses – a 5-mile ride designed for anybody, an 18-mile ride from Barnegat Light to Ship Bottom and back to Barnegat Light, and a 36-mile ride covering the expanse of the Island, from Barnegat Light to Holgate and back again. All participants receive a T-shirt and can enjoy refreshments and beverages after their rides.

There are no age limits to participate, but the registration fees are $20 for riders 12 and younger and $50 for riders 13 and older. Race-day registration will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until the start of the event. Registering prior to the event can be done by visiting

Donations by those who can’t attend also can be made by visiting the website. For more information, contact Cathy Moeller by email at or by phone at 609-709-8541.

– Reposted from The Sandpaper