Nelson to ride bicycle 500 miles for arthritis |

Nelson to ride bicycle 500 miles for arthritis

by Caryn Haller
Ingrid Nelson is raising money for the Arthritis Foundation by participating in th California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour.
Kurt Hildebrand |

Minden resident Ingrid Nelson has her vacation all mapped out; bike 500 miles in eight days up the California Coast.

The 63-year-old is riding in the Arthritis Foundation’s 13th annual California Coast Classic Bicycle Tour on Sept. 28-Oct. 5.

“To bike every day will be a challenge,” Nelson said of her ride from San Francisco to Santa Monica. “It’s better to have a soft seat.”

Nelson works as a registered nurse at Sierra Surgery Hospital and Carson Tahoe Surgery Center in Sunridge.

When looking for a bicycle tour to participate in, the Arthritis Foundation fundraiser seemed like a good fit.

“I wanted to challenge myself, and when I looked it up, it was for a good cause,” Nelson said. “I love the outdoors, and what else can you do in the summer?”

Nelson has done other bicycle tours before, but none farther than 65 miles.

She trains by riding from her Stephanie Way home to Pinenut Road and back, or to Diamond Valley and back.

“I need to build myself up so I can do between 65 and 90 miles a day,” she said. “If you can do 65 than you can do 80 and 90.”

The Arthritis Foundation will have camps set up along the route for riders to eat and spend the night.

Stops include Monterey, Big Sur, Ventura and San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle.

“It’s a beautiful bike ride along the California Coast. It’s a long way, but eight days is not much,” Nelson said. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be tired. The shortest leg is 45 miles. That’s about three or four hours of riding.”

Nelson must raise a minimum of $3,000 to participate in the ride. So far she has raised $2,235.

The money will be used to send children to camp, support arthritis research, and other local programs.

Donors can help Nelson reach her goal by visiting her fundraising page at, click on “Sponsor Participant,” and type in her name.

Checks payable to the Arthritis Foundation can be mailed to 2859 Sierra Manor Drive, Minden, NV, 89423.

“There are 50 million people with arthritis in the U.S., and 300,000 kids,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t matter if you have a disease or not, do it for the fun of it. That’s why I do it.”

Donations will be accepted until mid-November.