Man Cycling to Break Domestic Violence Cycle
July 5, 2011
Nick Lindsey had an eventful homecoming as he rolled into town this week.
First, he was greeted by the roiling Poudre River, keeping him company with every pedal stroke down the canyon.
Then, there was a cinnamon roll at Vern’s Place followed by a Futon to sleep on as he enjoyed time catching up with old friends.
Finally, there was the first flat tire of his nearly 4,200-mile cross-country bike trek from Astoria, Ore., to Yorktown, Va.
On Monday, as 26-year-old Lindsey propped his bike against a wall at Fort Collins’ Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Lynnwood chapel, he shook his head in disbelief at the realization that his first flat tire came after almost 2,000 miles and four states.
“That’s my first one of the trip,” he said. “As hard as it is to believe.”
Lindsey, a 2003 Rocky Mountain High School graduate known for his skills on the high school football field and basketball court, is cycling across the country, traveling through 10 states on a self-supported tour he has dubbed “Anticycle: Cycling Against the Cycle.” His mission is to generate donations for SafeHouse Denver and raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence.
A recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lindsey and his wife, Maria, spent the past year volunteering at the shelter, helping families impacted by the cycle of domestic violence.
Lindsey, who often spent time working with children at the shelter and helping them learn about healthy interpersonal relationships, took on his campaign to make a difference, he said.
“After I started volunteering, I realized just how blown away I was by the prevalence of domestic violence and how it is often viewed as something private, something not to talk about or not deal with.”
Through his cross-country campaign, Lindsey hopes to raise $10,000 for SafeHouse Denver or garner donations for other shelters people can help, he said.