Riders get ready for a cross-country bike ride to raise funds and awareness for some special Houstonians

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HOUSTON - Some bike riders are gearing up for one amazing trek across the country and all to help some very special Houstonians right here at home.

"Here we go!" a trainer shouted at 'Mission Control,' a local facility where riders are training for the big event.

It's a cross-country bike ride like no other with the goal of raising $11 million to support a Houston non-profit called "The Center," which has been serving the Houston community for over 60 years.

"The Center" helps people who have IDD, or adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

"I'm most emotional about how many people have joined this mission...for making it special," 'Pursuit' Rider-in-Chief David Baldwin shared.

The ride is called "Pursuit for Those With disAbilities,"and Houston energy executive Baldwin is its architect. Along with his wife Maire, he has helped The Center grow and thrive in our community.

"The funnest thing my wife and I are ever going to do," Baldwin choked up. "And I'd love it if all of our city would come and join us in this mission."

The state-of-the-art training facility for riders has been dubbed "Mission Control" -- and just like the pioneering facility at NASA-- the Center's Mission Control is paving the way to boldly go on a journey  that will truly make a difference for others.

"Let's build out a room here in Houston where people can come ride here in Houston," Baldwin explained, describing the Mission Control facility. "Maybe it's just one hour...15...20 miles, but they can join in this journey."

Yeah, the big ride begins on June 6 in Oregon and will continue across the country for 3,500 miles, winding up in Washington D.C. on August 1 and then concluding in Delaware on August 3.

"Gotta buckle up the boots," Baldwin laughed. "If they can win the Tour de France for Chris Froome, they can get a fat, 53-year-old guy across the country. No problem."

You can find out all about the journey at the website www.PursuitRide.org .

And get ready to start "doing something fun, doing something that can make a difference, and just getting on with it," Baldwin pleaded. "Don't wait until tomorrow what you can do today."

So, what are you waiting for, Houston?

Let's ride!!


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