Riding for a Reason

I originally launched this blog to track my trek as I prepared for the Five Boro Bike Tour in Manhattan. It will continue to be an exploration of nature, life, and self via observations on the bike path.


I biked in the Five Boro Bike Tour in May – 40 miles through all five New York City boroughs – that I dedicated to Venerable Lobsang Chunzom, a Buddhist nun, who entered into a three-year, meditative retreat in 2010. I continue to raise money to help cover ongoing retreat costs for food, supplies, and medical needs.

About Venerable Lobsang Chunzom

“Our capacity is endless when we do anything with extraordinary actions of love for everyone.” Venerable Lobsang Chunzom

A dedicated educator who has taught thousands of students across the US and the world, her expertise combines the practices of classical spiritual knowledge, body movement, and health education. As a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, she has treated abused children, the displaced, incarcerated youth, and troubled families amongst many others. She is Founder and Executive Advisor to the board of the Limitless Health Institute.  She holds a BA in Performing Arts and Education from NYU and an MA in Dance and Movement Therapy from UCLA.

About the Retreat

Venerable Lobsang Chunzom in 2010 embarked on a three year retreat of meditation and prayer. Her purpose during retreat is to serve the world by seeking the causes that will truly bring about happiness for all.

About the Five Boro Bike Tour


Offering in motion

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event. The Tour is produced by Bike New York in association with the City of New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs – a 40 mile, traffic-free ride for 32,000 cyclists.  Starting just north of Battery Park, the tour runs up Manhattan, through Central Park, around a brief loop in the Bronx and down to the Queensboro Bridge passing countless New York City icons on the way.  After a ride over the Pulaski bridge passing through Brooklyn, riders enjoy an incredible view from the lower deck of the Verrazano Bridge.  The tour lands on Staten Island for a lively outdoor Festival.


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