First, thanks! I appreciate everyone taking the time to vote for “Hadrian on a Bicycle” for the Circle of Moms “Top 25 Biking Families” contest. Here’s what I found in my inbox when I logged on this morning:
Your blog has been voted into the Circle of Moms Top 25 Biking Families!
The final Top 25 list will be featured on our editorial section, The RoundUp. There are several other Top 25 lists currently published on The RoundUp if you’re interested in seeing what the Top 25 Biking Families will look like.
Please keep a look out for an email from me over the next few weeks with interview questions for the Top 25 Biking Families on The RoundUp.
Second, registration for the 4th Annual ACDC Ride is now open. Eager would-be participants can click here to register now. For those who want to think on it a bit (or who need to cobble together some pennies to cover the registration fee), you can click on the ACDC Ride logo in the right-hand column of the blog whenever you’re ready. We are also exploring the possibility of offering online registration.
The organizers are working very hard to make this a premiere cycling event in southeast Michigan, and to ensure that the ride raises as much money as possible for the Associated Charities of Lenawee County. We need your help. “I’m definitely planning to ride, but what else can I do to help?” you ask. Well, here’s the shortlist:
- Solicit sponsors (or be one yourself). Event sponsorships are available for as little as $100, which gets your name or the name of your business or organization on the wicked cool event t-shirt. (Trust me, folks, this is a shirt people wear long after the ride is over, with regular laundering of course.) But we are still desperately seeking some major event sponsors who will underwrite this event in a substantial way. If you or someone you know might be able and willing to help, please contact Ms. Delight Creech. We’re even open to having businesses and organizations host designated rest stops.
- Recruit volunteers (or volunteer yourself, if you unable to ride or planning to do a short route). We need route-markers, people to watch hazardous spots along the route, SAG drivers, people to help with registration and the post-ride festivities, and so much more. Contact me if you want to get involved.
- Spread the word. This ride has something to offer everyone, even non-riders (i.e., all those wonderful family members who tolerate and, dare I say, support our ridiculous obsession with bicycles. This year especially, the routes are worthy of a drive from Toledo, Ann Arbor, and elsewhere. So if you have friends or family outside of Lenawee County, or you frequent bike shops in nearby cities, or you can think of any public calendar of events where something like this might be of interest, please do your part to promote the event and to attract more participants.
Finally, for today, I’ve recently added some new links to the list in the right-hand column of the blog (e.g., Audax Club Parisien Randonneur, Les Randonneurs Mondiaux, Ohio Randonneurs, and Randonneurs USA) that you might like to give a gander if your the sort of person drawn to riding longer distances. (By the way, I’m planning to organize and categorize all of these links in the not-too-distant future.)
My love of and desire for touring and randonneuring grows, and my sights are becoming increasingly fixed on Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015. One might argue that surfing sites like these is akin to preliminary packing. Stay tuned for more on randonneuring, including a review of a terrific book I’m reading about a transcontinental journey from Virginia to California, just one of many such books I look forward to reading this year. Oh, and my write-up and pictures from GOBA is still on the horizon … honest.
For anyone interested, tonight is the Maple Wheelers’ monthly “Taco Ride.” We’ll be rolling out of the Highland Inn (3171 Round Lake Hwy, Manitou Beach) at 6p, and “recovering” afterward with food and beverage.