July 4: ‘Trick My Truck’ star brings wow factor to KC cancer benefit

| 6/30/2009

United We Ride KC has quite a track record when it comes to raising money for disease research. The team of Kansas City-area bicyclists has raised more than $1 million for multiple sclerosis. This weekend, it expands its efforts in its first Freedom from Cancer Ride on July 4.

And it’s invited some “big wheels” to join them. Rob Richardson, known to CMT/Viacom viewers as “Hot Wire” on the popular series “Trick My Truck,” is bringing a couple of 18-wheelers to the cancer ride.

Richardson will be on hand to provide the “wow factor” with a couple of the television show’s favorite show truck projects. Trucker Chris Anderson of Odessa, TX, and his show truck “Survivor” will make an appearance, too. Anderson is a cancer survivor and his story has been featured by the “Trick My Truck” show.

The event will benefit LiveStrong, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. As the bikers are peddling and participants enjoying the show trucks, Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France champion will be in France tackling the 2,200-mile bicyle race. Armstrong is back from retirement, four years after his last victory.

Buffalo Wild Wings of Independence will provide the first 250 registered riders with some free wings (pick up your coupon at registration). Chris Pace, co-captain of the event, said the restaurant will host an after ride party.

“And they will be playing the first stage of the Tour de France,” said Pace. 

The ride starts in Independence, MO. The event offers a 35-mile, 50-mile or 75-mile bike ride that takes a route to Lexington, MO. There’s also a 15-mile family ride on the Little Blue Trace Trail. The registration fee is $25.

Truckers who live in the area or who will be in Kansas City during the holiday and who want to convoy along with Rob Richardson and the bike riders can find details at unitedweridekc.org.

– By Land Line staff