The annual Bike Connecticut Challenge fundraiser is set for Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, to benefit the Connecticut Challenge cancer-survivor center in the Southport section of Fairfield.

The fundraiser offers a range of rides suitable for families and recreational riders to serious cyclists. Organizers said their goals were to have 1,500 riders participate and raise $2 million.

For the first time, the challenge is offering a two-day ride that begins Friday at The Interlaken Inn in Lakeville and ends approximately 81 miles later at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport.

After an overnight stay at the Westport Inn on Friday, two-day participants can join the Saturday leg of the Challenge, which will begin and end at the Hunt Club.

On Saturday, casual and serious riders can choose from distances of 10, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. Riders have minimum fundraising requirements for particular distances, including $500 for 10 miles ($250 for students) and $2250 for the two-day ride (students included).

Founded in 2005 by Jeff Keith, a pediatric cancer survivor, and Jeff Ragland, a cycling enthusiast and business entrepreneur, the Bike Connecticut Challenge helps cancer survivors and raises funds to support cancer awareness. In 2012, the organization built the Center for Survivorship in Southport, the first standalone survivorship program of its kind in the country.

The center offers survivors and their supporters research-based programs in exercise, nutrition and psychosocial support that empower them to live healthier, happier lives.

Visit for more information and to register for the ride.