Long Distance Ride Short of Mileage and Funding.
Chicago, IL – In July, a long-distance cyclist from Chicago set out on a nine-month, 25-thousand mile adventure across three continents. Stephan Wanger wanted to pedal for charity and expected to raise two-and-a-half million dollars. Then in early November, with little money raised, few corporate sponsorships and very low finances, the one-time marketing specialist had to cut the trip short.
Wanger used to live in Chicago's tony south loop. Now he's trying to recoup his finances. He lives in a modest apartment on Chicago's west side. Wanger recently talked with WNIJ's Simone Orendain by phone from a cafe in his new neighborhood.