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Cyclist trims down, revs up for benefit ride

A slimmed down Gabe Scott has taken up bicycling. Scott, a Mike Scarff Subaru sales and leasing consultant, plans to join Team Subaru in a 100-mile charity bike ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The Tour De Cure race is July 26 in Hillsboro, Ore. - Courtesy photo
A slimmed down Gabe Scott has taken up bicycling. Scott, a Mike Scarff Subaru sales and leasing consultant, plans to join Team Subaru in a 100-mile charity bike ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The Tour De Cure race is July 26 in Hillsboro, Ore.
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For the Reporter

Gabe Scott, a Mike Scarff Subaru sales and leasing consultant, will join Team Subaru in a 100-mile charity bike ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association this summer.

The Tour De Cure race in Hillsboro, Ore., on July 26 will be the first event of its kind for Scott.

"Live to ride ... ride to live," a determined Scott said of his goal.

Scott took up cycling two years ago as a 275-pound man after a friend successfully lost weight by getting on a bike. Scott soon became addicted to the sport, losing 40 pounds as a result of his new exercise regime.

Prior to discovering cycling, Scott frequently went to the gym and used elliptical or stationary bikes but grew bored with the monotony of indoor exercising machines. With outdoor cycling, Scott discovered it was possible to enjoy exercise.

As a single father, squeezing in training rides to prepare for the race has been difficult for Scott, but he plans to increase his mileage over the next six weeks to prepare for the benefit ride.

Scott trains as a member of the hill-loving Cyclopaths cycling club in Puyallup. Part of Scott's training includes riding a low-traveled road known by the club as "The Climb," which ascends 1,000 feet in five miles.

Until now, the farthest and most challenging ride Scott has done was a treacherous 103-mile event in Chelan that featured approximately 8,000 feet of climbing. If his schedule allows, Scott hopes to complete this route again in late June as part of his training.

The Tour De Cure race offers multiple distances for all levels of cyclists.

To sponsor Scott in the upcoming race, supporters can visit his fundraising page. Scott has a fundraising goal of $2,500.

To learn more, contact Scott at 253-737-1345 or gscott@mikescarffsubaru.com.

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