Rich Cromwell’s wife convinced him to buy a ticket in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s 2012 Super Raffle because of the grand prize – a cycling vacation in Tuscany donated by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations. Valued at as much as $3,145, the 10-day trip includes accommodations, sightseeing and Italian cuisine.
Cromwell, who lives in Brunswick, has taken long, unsupported bike rides in Third World countries, sleeping in schoolyards or the homes of villagers. The Tuscany trip offers an entirely different experience. When his wife, Christina, heard about it, she told him, “That’s a trip I would do.”
Rich Cromwell is the lucky winner of the Super Raffle’s grand prize. Of the 238 tickets sold, his was selected on the first day of spring, March 20. “That’s unbelievable,” he said, adding that he couldn’t wait to tell his wife.
Four other people also won great prizes in the Super Raffle.
John Wilson of Pinckney, Michigan won the second prize, a Trek 1.1 road bike valued at $679 that was donated by CycleMania. He purchased his raffle ticket in November, not long after returning from the Tuscany trip that his wife, Gina, won in the Bicycle Coalition’s 2011 Super Raffle.
Ethel Whitcomb of Belfast won the third prize, a Specialized Hardrock Disc 29 mountain bike valued at $559 that was donated by Gorham Bike and Ski.
Dana McEwan of Portland won the fourth prize, a Thule bike rack valued at up to $500 and donated by Rainbow Bicycle & Fitness. “Nice!” she said, when called with the news. “I never win anything!”
Jeanne Peckiconis of Kennebunk won the fifth prize, a Specialized BG (Body Geometry) Fit valued at $300 and donated by Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop.
All proceeds from the sale of the $50 tickets benefit the Bicycle Coalition’s work to make Maine better for bicycling. Thanks to all of the businesses that generously donated prizes to our raffle. And thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket.