US gets behind biker’s challenge

Gordon Cruden has received massive support from across the pond for his marathon bike challenge.
Gordon Cruden has received massive support from across the pond for his marathon bike challenge.

A local biker is gathering impressive support in the USA for a mammoth motorbike challenge he is about to attempt across The States.

Gordon Cruden, area manager of local addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland, is gearing up to tackle the American Motorbike Challenge; an audacious attempt to visit all 50 US States in just 30 days.

The epic adventure will see him clock up 15,000 miles to cover the length and breadth of the country.

Gordon is using the initiative to raise awareness of the importance of residential support for those struggling with substance misuse, and to raise money for Teen Challenge North East Scotland’s Buy Benaiah campaign; a five-year fundraising drive to raise £535,000 to purchase Benaiah; an addiction recovery home for women and their children.

Perry Harley-Davidson – a Michigan dealership for the iconic motorcycle brand – will hold a launch party for Gordon, when he kick-starts the challenge from the company’s base in Portage on June 18.

During his travels, Gordon will be helped by the Church Project in Woodlands Texas. Highlander Hardwood Floors in New York, has purchased and donated an E-Zpass; an electronic toll-collecting system for travelling through and over roads, bridges and tunnels in the North-Eastern States of the US.

Gordon said: “We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve received for our campaign. We are already sitting at £270,000 - half of our £535,000 of our target – thanks to the many people who have been inspired to help women break free from addictions.”