Cycling Across America
A Journey of Hope and Awareness
After his friend Roy Gross passed away in 2012, Marty Perlmutter decided to honor him with a bicycle ride from Florida to Maine. The two had wanted to go coast to coast, but it never materialized. But during the ride up the East Coast, Perlmutter befriended Alicia O’Neill from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and put in her mind the idea of a bicycle fundraiser across the country. In 2017, it happened as seven men departed Manhattan Beach in California, heading to Connecticut on a 3,411-mile tour. This is their story about the people they met, their experiences, and how they discovered it was never about riding a bicycle across America.