My first fundraiser has been tentatively set for Saturday February 4th. I am trying to get prizes donated but if that doesn’t work out the prize will be cake baked by Liz. I still have a lot of details to work out so I don’t have much information to post. Other fundraisers that have been suggested are a bake sale, bingo, bike ride, and setting my bike and trainer up outside a store and telling people about my trip. Let me know if you have any other ideas.
This summer is Bike & Build’s 10th anniversary and I just love this picture:
I can’t wait to add to those numbers this summer. However I will not be in Philly July 21-22nd; I will be in Colorado.
I have pledged to raise $4500 by the start of my trip but to make sure I have enough time there are a few fundraising deadlines I have to meet along the way.
- February 17th – $500
- March 17th – $1000
- April 10th – $2000
- June 10th – $4500!!
All donations are being made through my Bike & Build bio.
While thinking of all the things I will miss this summer because I’m out on the road with Bike & Build, I just keep coming back to the Tour de France. It must be the draw of all the drama. Can Cadel repeat? Will Andy get 2nd again? How many stages will Cav win? However there is one question that stands out above all the rest.
Meet Ramunas Navardauskas. He is the national champion of Lithuania.
I know next to nothing about him except he rides for my favorite team. Go argyle! And he is the national champion of Lithuania.
It is my sincerest wish that he gets picked to ride the tour next summer simply for the added amusement value. The fun begins and ends with his name. None of the tour announcers are able to pronounce it. I suspect they can’t even remember what it is. Not that I can blame them. Naturally the team setting the pace for the peloton gets more air time and unfortunately for Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen this was often Garmin. The first time they were obliged to mention him in each stage one of them would struggle to get through Navardauskas and then reference the fact that he is the national champion of Lithuania. This cleared the way for them to avoid saying his name for the rest of the stage. They would simply refer to him as the national champion of Lithuania. They must have dreaded every time he moved to take a turn on the front. If he makes this years tour team the greatest question of the summer will be if anyone can learn his name. Please let me know if this happens. It seems unlikely since I have already forgotten it.
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The universe decided to give me a birthday present by making it such a nice day. With a high of 50 the only extras I needed were leg and arm warmers and a vest. It was just an easy 20 mile ride but it felt nice to be on my bike again. By the end of the ride I was even hot. Here is a pic from my ride yesterday.
I was also rocking my Tour of Utah cycling cap. Sadly I don’t have a picture of this.
When I was 10 years old my family lived on a butte in Bend, Oregon. Next to our house was undeveloped land that was home to single track trails (though I didn’t know what it was called at the time). I loved exploring those trails. Somehow I learned that people rode their bikes on them. I very clearly remember thinking “why would anyone want to ride here, there are so many rocks, they must be crazy.” Since that day I have never even considered trying mountain biking.
This weekend I watched the documentary Ride the Divide. It’s about the unofficial mountain bike race, Tour Divide, which follows the continental divide from Canada to Mexico. The camera crew follows the entire race but ends up mostly focusing on two of the riders. It really was very interesting and if you have a Netflix account I highly recommend it. This movie made two main lasting impressions on me.
First it made me actually want to try mountain biking. This is not an easy task, like I said, mountain biking has never appealed to me. I don’t even know what exactly it is about the movie that makes me want to try mountain biking. I suspect it has something to do with seeing the terrain they get to ride through. It also might have to do with the fact that they don’t show any major falls.
The second realization I came to while watching Ride the Divide is that the reality of this coming summer has not set in yet. Here I am watching these people on their epic journey across the country and I am jealous. My riding with Bike & Build this summer still feels more like a dream than an impending event.