Helping Hands- Recovery Riders

Pedal Mulisha is making sure that we are giving back to our communities and supporters as much as we can.  Below you will read about the story of how Vince Bellafiore took the sport of MTB and changed his life and how it started Recovery Riders.

LIVING LIFE ONE JUMP, ONE DROP, ONE RACE AND ONE DAY AT A TIME!

Vince on the podium taking 3rd place.

   

Vince taking large leaps towards his future and racing downhill.

GOAL - TO COMPETE AND BECOME ONE OF THE ELITE LEVEL RIDERS IN DOWNHILL RACING, WHILE HELPING OTHERS WITH THEIR SOBRIETY AND INTRODUCING THEM TO THE SPORT THAT HAS HELPED ME DRASTICALLY THROUGH MY JOURNEY.

MESSAGE – WHO SAID SOBRIETY ISN’T EXCITING?
MY STORY – AS MEMBER OF ACTIVE RECOVERY AND AFTER MANY YEARS TRYING TO FIND SOBRIETY, I FINALLY SURRENDERED TO THE PROGRAM IN 2012! STILL WITH PRIDE WORKING AGAINST ME, I REFUSED TO HUMBLE MYSELF IN EARLY RECOVERY AND RIDE A BICYCLE AFTER HAVING LOST EVERYTHING! WITH NO OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS, I PURCHASED A CHEAP MOUNTAIN BIKE AND BEGAN RIDING IT.
 
ONE DAY WHILE LIVING AT A LOCAL HALFWAY HOUSE IN FLORIDA, I STUMBLED ACROSS A 6 MILE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL WITH VARIOUS JUMPS, DROPS, AND FALLEN TREES TO RIDE OVER AND MANY OTHER OBSTACLES!
 
AS A KID, I USE TO RIDE FREESTYLE BMX AND WITH THIS NEW FIND, A LOST PASSION WAS RESURFACED.
 
OVER THE NEXT FEW YEARS I MADE A COMPLETE LIFESTYLE CHANGE AND EVEN QUIT SMOKING TO BE BETTER PHYSICALLY EQUIPPED FOR THIS NEW BIKING “HOBBY”! WITHIN A SHORT TIME, I HAD BECOME AN EXPERT RIDER WITHIN THE ALL MOUNTAIN/XC ARENA AND STARTED TRAVELING ALL OVER FLORIDA TO RIDE THE VARIOUS PARKS MEET WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS AND BIKE CLUBS. I ALSO TRAVELED TO RIDE THE MORE AGGRESSIVE MOUNTAIN STATES AND TOOK SEVERAL TRIPS TO LIFT ACCESS SKI RESORTS TO RIDE FULL ON DOWNHILL.
 
FINALLY, FOR MY 5 YEAR SOBER ANNIVERSARY IN EARLY 2017, I INVESTED IN MY 1ST DH BIKE AND MADE THIS THE YEAR THAT I WOULD PURSUE THE STYLE OF RIDING THAT I FELL IN LOVE WITH, DOWNHILL!
 
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2017 WAS A MILE STONE MARKER FOR ME; I SET A NEW LIFE GOAL, RACING AT 43. I ENTERED MY 1ST RACE AND COMPETED IN “THE US OPEN” OF DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING IN VERNON, NEW JERSEY AND EXCEEDED MY OWN PERSONAL GOAL OF JUST BEING IN THE EVENT TO ACTUALLY QUALIFYING.
 
ALL IT TOOK WAS THAT ONE RACE EQUIPPED WITH A SUPER COOL SERVICE/TRAIL DOG THAT TRAVELS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY WITH ME, I'D HAVE TO SAY I'M NOW ALL IN!
 
2019 WAS A GAME CHANGER! WITH GRASS ROOT SUPPORT FROM COMPANIES LIKE GT BICYCLES, FLY RACING, RACE FACE COMPONENTS, SCHWALBE TIRES, AND ROCKY MOUNTS. I COMMITTED TO THE EASTERN STATES CUPS DOWNHILL 8 RACE SEASON, AND SQUEAKED OUT WITH 3RD OVERALL IN MEN'S MASTERS, RIDING FOR THE BOYS BACK IN FLORIDA.
 
MORE IMPORTANTLY, TOGETHER WITH PEDAL MULISHA, I PARTNERED WITH BELIEVE TREATMENT CENTER LOCATED IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND STARTED A PROGRAM CALLED "RECOVERY RIDERS". IT IS HERE WERE I HAVE THE MONTHLY HONOR OF INTRODUCING TO GUYS AND GALS IN EARLY RECOVERY THE SPORT THAT CHANGED MY LIFE.
 
WE ARE IN THE EARLY STAGES THIS AND WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO GROW THE PROGRAM WITH HELP AND SUPPORT. WE WILL BE SELLING THE T-SHIRTS ON HERE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THE RIDERS A SHIRT, PROVIDE WATER, LUNCH AND A BIKE TO RIDE AT THE EVENT.
 
PLEASE CONTACT US WITH ANY QUESTIONS OR WAYS YOU OR YOUR BUSINESS MAY BE ABLE TO ASSIST.
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SUPPORT!!!
-Vince B
Pics from some of the recent rides at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
  
Recovery Riders Tshirts available on store... also have ability to customize.

1 comment

  • As a fellow person in recovery and mountain bike enthusiast,I found Vince’s story to be very inspirational. How rad to start racing at 43 with such a history of self abuse! At 36 I also find beginning a DH race career at 43 very inspiring. Thanks dudes. Hope to catch you on the trail someday

    Adam Mingola

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