JoyRide Cycling to host heart disease, stroke benefit

JoyRide Cycling Studio will host fundraising rides for Change of Heart on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at its Darien studio and Sunday, Feb. 7 at noon at its Wilton studio. Change of Heart is a grass roots fitness program, presented by SELF Magazine, that works to educate women about heart disease and stroke in support of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

“Each year, one in three women die of heart disease and stroke, yet it’s 80 percent preventable,” said Go Red For Women spokeswoman Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum. “Change of Heart connects us with passionate women who are united to take action, like scheduling a Well-Woman Visit for themselves, to protect their hearts and the hearts of their mothers, daughters, sisters and friends.”

The events will include a short presentation on heart disease awareness, followed by a 50-minute indoor cycling ride. All fitness levels, including beginners, are welcome.

There is a $30 fee to participate, which will be payable at the door. Each participant will take home a goody bag of heart disease awareness information, Go Red for Women pin and water bottle and a one-year subscription to SELF or Glamour Magazine. Change of Heart will donate 25%  of each participant’s registration fee to Go Red For Women.

The rides will be led by Wilton resident and JoyRide instructor Selina Santos, who will share her own story and journey toward becoming heart-healthy.

“Diagnosed a few years ago with a form of heart disease, I am proud to host a Change of Heart event. The event is a fun way for us to bring together our members and the community to educate women about heart disease and stroke and motivate them to take charge of their health, and today,” Santo said.

To sign up for the Wilton ride, please visit To sign up for the Darien ride, please visit Riders are encouraged to wear red.

For further information about the JoyRide Change of Heart event, contact Selina Santos, 312-405-6331,

JoyRide is at 25 Old Kings Highway North, Darien (Goodwives Shopping Center).