As part of my very active fundraising efforts this year, I’ve scheduled a series of “pop-up” training rides around the New Orleans Area to help spread the word about Pablove Across America 2012 and what fighting childhood cancer with love means to me.
Pablove Across America 2012 is almost here! And that means it’s time to kick off another series of updates to this blog! This year, I’ll be riding for 2 weeks, travelling some 1000+ miles from Boston, MA to Raleigh, NC! I can’t wait to support this group again, and hope very much that you’ll consider supporting my fundraising efforts!
This is what happens when someone challenges me to do something they perceive as insane. I rock it, and hand out some cash as well.
Went out today for a surprisingly long “recovery” ride down the levee to Destrehan. 4 hours on the bike overall, but it felt like nothing – except for that dang headwind blowing in both directions!
Wow, what a day. Although technically today was shorter, we still had a fair amount of climbing as we rolled out of Tennessee and into Alabama. I can’t express enough how beautiful some of these roads are we’re riding down. Definitely a testament to the wisdom behind getting off the beaten path.
Highlight of the day was stopping to film our afternoon dedication at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. I’ll let you read the Wikipedia entry to get all the details, but suffice it to say, some of the most important sound recordings in history came out of this studio. Seriously heavy stuff. My musician dorkiness was goin’ off big time.
Got through Day 1 of Week 3 without any major problems. We did about 88 miles from Nashville to Laurenceburg, TN. Total climbing of around 3800 ft. Now, I haven’t ridden anywhere near these distances of certainly climbed ANYTHING in a long long time. But the challenge is one I’m ready to grapple with.
The rest of the guys are all very cool. Some offering tips on how best to ride in a group. Others making adjustments to my position on the bike. Others just trying to offer me giant glasses of wine immediately following the ride (yikes).
I’m very excited to be participating in the 2011 Pablove Across America bike ride this coming October. Watch this space for blog updates leading up to and during the ride!
I’ve been watching the USA Pro Cycling Challenge all week, and I have to say, what an amazing event that was. Stellar performances from all the participants, but especially big kudos to the top 5 in GC – all Americans! Great all around performance by Levi Leipheimer. Great stage win into Aspen by George Hincapie. Amazing performance by 22 year old Tejay Van Garderen. Mind-blowing sprint victories by Elia Viviani. Beautiful and leg-breaking routes through Colorado. Welcome back to big-time bike racing!
|Top 5 in General Classification
||Tejay Van Garderen
Totally got me stoked for the ride in October, and cannot wait for next year’s edition. Congrats to all in Colorado for bringing another world-class bicycle race to the United States.
Bamboo Bike from Bike Lab in Greensboro, AL. Photo courtesy of Matt Allison.
Today I had the very special opportunity to visit the Bike Lab in Greensboro, AL. This concept was conceived of by Project M, a Design Lab based in Greensboro, Alabama, has teamed up with COMMON Works to turn some of that domestically grown bamboo into bicycle frames (read the background on that story here). This bamboo bike project is the focus of COMMON’s first Maniacal Business Attack (MBA), a “startup accelerator program that encourages visionaries and their newfound constituents to put their collective talents toward making change happen immediately and collaboratively.”
These bikes are beautiful to look at, but damn do I want to take one out for a spin!