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Old 07-29-2014, 09:36 AM   #1
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Local ISDE Riders Need Your Help

Two local riders have been named to the International Six Days Enduro team representing the United States.

John and Ben Kelley are two young lads who have been riding in NETRA enduros and hare scrambles their entire lives. John, 21, and Ben, 18, have been, along with their families, members of the Berkshire Trail Riders Association for at least 25 years. Their fathers have been trailbosses for countless enduros and hare scrambles over the years. Ben and John have been giving back to the sport since they were able to walk. They both spent countless hours cutting trail, working along side their dads and the rest of BTR doing hours and hours of MA state forest trail work. Some of you have seen the boys and their dads at our Berkshire Big Adventure ride; some of you have seen and been assisted by them at our enduros and hare scrambles. The boys ride sweep at the events; not just 1 or 2 laps, they sweep from 9 a.m. until the ride is over, sometimes as late as 6 p.m.! They have been giving of themselves all of their lives and I can attest to their willingness to do whatever is asked of them. I've known them their entire lives; John even rode his very first dirt bike in my backyard at the age of 3!

And now, they need your assistance.

Being picked for the ISDE, the world's oldest international offroad event, is a dream come true for these young guys. Both are part of the Tony Agonis Team.

The cost of going and competing is the responsibility of each rider from the US unlike some of the other countries. Some countries sponsor their riders.

We figure its going to cost these kids approximately $20,000 each. Not only do the kids have to go, but their parents have to go as their support team and have to volunteer their time at the event.

Ben starts his freshman year in college in late August and will be taking 2 weeks off in November to fly to Argentina and compete. John is an apprentice plumber and works full time.

The following are links to the AMA ISDE page, and the gofundme pages for each of the boys. Please give generously to each of them. Its like "paying it forward". They are well-deserving polite guys. Your donations will not go unappreciated.

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/...ys_Enduro.aspx

Ben Kelley: http://www.gofundme.com/bys9g8

John Kelley: http://www.gofundme.com/bytjl4


Thank you in advance,
Rich from BTR
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Old 07-29-2014, 10:06 AM   #2
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Great post madrivermaz ... and here is a recent picture from a NETRA race of Ben (left) and John.

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Old 07-29-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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Badass. As a newcomer to the sport of enduro and went to the berkshires big adventure for the first time this year, count me in.
All I expect is pictures of the adventure up on here!!!
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Old 07-29-2014, 05:51 PM   #4
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Badass. As a newcomer to the sport of enduro and went to the berkshires big adventure for the first time this year, count me in.
All I expect is pictures of the adventure up on here!!!
Awesomne, thank you. I will be with Ben and John in Argentina. Will be posting pics and hopefully reports every day.

You can also follow along via social media if you like.

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/trailjesters

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Old 08-01-2014, 11:27 AM   #5
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Hey! All my friends out there in Greater Flugistan!

Come help these lads. They are 2 of the nicest kids I've had the pleasure of knowing.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:29 AM   #6
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Ill be doing a donation shortly.
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Old 08-01-2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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If you don't want to do it on line, you can always send a donation check in their names to our club PO Box.

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Go USA!!

Best of Luck
Awesome ... thank you thank you!

I will tel Ben and John know after they race today.
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Done...

Good luck guys!
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Done...

Good luck guys!
Thank you Thank you!!
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Ben and John's crates are ready ... shipping out tomorrow to the AMA ... then loaded into the team containers for transport to Argentina. Ben's ISDE number is 383 and John's is 483. Thank you for your donations to support them in their quest for gold. Eight weeks to the start of the race!!

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Ben and John's crates are ready ... shipping out tomorrow to the AMA ... then loaded into the team containers for transport to Argentina. Ben's ISDE number is 383 and John's is 483. Thank you for your donations to support them in their quest for gold. Eight weeks to the start of the race!!
Looks great. I just donated what I could. I would love to see more pictures!
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Looks great. I just donated what I could. I would love to see more pictures!
Thank you for donating!! Mush appreciated.

Props to Hellion Designs for supporting Ben and John with these cool new Arai helmets. Ben and John will be wearing them proudly in Argentina.



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Old 10-17-2014, 07:14 AM   #15
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Our boys head off to Argentina on October 26th! There's still time to help them out. Go to the first page of this thread and make a donation. This is a dream come true for two young Connecticut guys and you can be a part of it.
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