A local bicycle shop will host a fundraiser for a friend and former employee on Sunday.
District Bicycles and Land Run 100 present “Curto Dirto," a 50-mile gravel ride to raise funds for medical care for Curt Dikes.
On November 18, Dikes woke up with a piercing headache and no recognition of where he was or who was with him. Emergency surgery revealed a cancerous golf-ball-sized tumor in his frontal lobe, and in early December, he was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma, known as Glioma.
Dikes and his support crew are pursuing an aggressive treatment plan, but these efforts are hampered by insurance coverage limitations.
Dikes has plenty of ties to the cycling industry — he worked for Vittoria Tires and 3T while studying at University of Central Oklahoma, and at District Bicycles while completing his masters degree in environmental science at Oklahoma State University.
Tyler Siems works at District Bicycles and has worked tirelessly to make Curto Dirto a success.
“Curto is one of my closest friends for over a decade, literally the reason I work at District and ride bikes,” he said. “This is an awesome chance to help a good guy beat cancer.”
District Bicycles and Land Run 100 have worked with local businesses and industry friends to provide product donations that will be raffled off, including a custom Moots Routt 45, built with Vittoria wheels and tires, cockpit from 3T, and a Selle San Marco saddle. Other raffle items include a full Chris King wheel set, other Chris King bicycle components, a catered coffee event from Evoke Coffee in Edmond, local artisan crafts, entries into the Land Run 100 race in March, as well as tons of other prizes from local retailers and bicycle industry brands.
Raffle tickets sales will close online Saturday night, and in person at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Raffle ticket drawings will begin shortly after, and race organizers will announce the total amount of money raised for Dikes, includes ride registration fees, raffle ticket purchases and donations.
The Curto Dirto begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in front of District Bicycles, 120 W. 7th Ave. Riders will cruise along 50 miles of beautiful red dirt roads around Payne County and finish downtown with a reception at Modella Art Gallery, where PLP Food Truck will be on site to serve their classic menu to hungry riders. In the event of rain and muddy roads, the reception will move to District Bicycles.