09/11/2011 AT 10:10 PM ET
It’s been a difficult year for Maria Shriver, but she’s had plenty of support from friends and family – no more so than this weekend.
California’s former first lady, who filed for divorce this summer from Arnold Schwarzenegger, joined her brother Anthony and her children at a charity bicycle race Saturday that also served as an emotional pick-me-up.
I appreciate your support, particularly this year, for sticking with me, Shriver, 55, told a crowd at a barbecue Saturday at Hearst Castle as part of the 100-mile race.
Shriver served as honorary chair of the Audi Best Buddies Challenge: Hearst Castle, which raised $4.5 million and also included a Friday night VIP reception at Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Golf Course in Carmel, Calif.