EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


May 30, 2014

Pedaling against homelessness

Riders host Emmaus fundraiser at restaurant tonight

HAVERHILL — A 100-mile bike ride may seem daunting for many.

But three city men are training for such a ride that will be held later this summer to raise money for programs supporting local homeless people and families.

Tim Jordan, Chris Seferlis and Sean Mooney — members of the riding team they call “3 Flat Tires’’ — have been biking Haverhill’s back roads two to three times a week to prepare for the 26th annual Cycle for Shelter to benefit Emmaus. The event will be July 27.

The event, run largely by volunteers, allows cyclists to choose a 20-, 62- or 100-mile scenic ride that begins at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, heads up the seacoast of New Hampshire and then turns south through the North Shore of Massachusetts. Riders return to the college for a celebration that features food from local restaurants and music and raffles.

Jordan and Seferlis are hosting an evening of eating, drinking, raffles and silent auction tonight at the Barking Dog Ale House in downtown Haverhill to raise more money for the upcoming ride to benefit Emmaus. The fundraiser is from 7 p.m. to midnight on the restaurant’s fourth floor and includes free appetizers and cash bar. Suggested donation is $25.

Seferlis, 35, said he has been supporting Emmaus for nine years and did the 100-mile ride for the first time two years ago.

“I’m just trying to help people out in the city of Haverhill,’’ he said. “It’s nice to be able to train with a bunch of friends.’’

Seferlis and Jordan said they have recruited 15 people so far to ride with them in this year’s event, and that they hope to add a few more participants before the ride this summer.

Jordan, 42, said he began raising money for Emmaus when he was at student at Sacred Hearts School in Bradford.

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