Cyclists talk 4th Annual Closer to Free Ride

(WTNH)– Closer to Free Cyclist Maureen Raucci, RN and Charlene and Carley Weted talk about the 4th Annual Closer to Free Ride.

Charlene is a new rider, bringing a large team “Char’s Stars” including daughters Carley and Ally. Charlene is a survivor.

Maureen is a 4th year alumni rider and a nurse at Smilow, Largest team Live Positive.

The ride consists of three routes: 25, 62.5 or 100 miles. The ride has been called the “best organized ride in Connecticut.” It is fully supported every 20 miles with rest stops that have food, beverages, amazing volunteers, and bike tech support.

Charlene talks about her personal connection to Smilow Cancer Hospital and the care that she received. Charlene is a Yale-New Haven Hospital nurse, and has a remarkable story to share about her journey with cancer.

Maureen discusses her personal experience in past rides, and what it means to her as a nurse taking care of Smilow patients and how she incites such energy about the ride in her patients.

They also talk about how simple the fundraising can be using the online software that is provided and the daylong event at the Yale Bowl which has kids activities, a live band, massages for the riders, raffles, food and beverages.

100% of the funds raised by volunteers and riders goes right to Smilow. It is not too late to sign up to ride or volunteer. Viewers should register TODAY – ride with us, as part of our team, help make a difference in the fight against cancer! Registering is so simple – just to go to and follow the steps!

Folks who can’t ride should come out to the Yale Bowl on Ride Day – cheer on the survivors, patients, family members, etc. If you are on the route, make signs in your neighborhood, do anything to support these folks who are putting forth so much effort for cancer.

Closer to Free Ride is on Saturday, September 6th. For more information, go to or call 203-200-CTFR (2837).

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