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2013 Tour de Cure

This just in:

Early-bird registration for our 2013 Michigan Tour de Cure, taking place on June 15 in Brighton, starts today and runs through next Tuesday, August 21.

Visit diabetes.org/michigantourdecure and use promo code ‘EARLYBIRD’ to register for only $5—that’s $10 off of our current registration fee and the lowest online registration we’ll offer this year!

Bonus: Register online in August and you’ll be qualified to win one of three $250 Amazon.com gift cards!

You can also visit our tent at the Birmingham Bike Festival on Sunday, August 26, in Birmingham, Mich., for free registration.

Either way, we hope you’ll join us in 2013!

I would really, really like to organize a team for the 2013 Tour de Cure in Brighton, and to participate in the event as a club. We could do some fun fundraising together as a club throughout the year, ride the same route together wearing our custom club t-shirts or jerseys, and celebrate together afterward in our team tent (provided we raise enough as a team by the deadline). What say you?

If you’re interested, let me know. And either way, I hope you’ll consider being part of the 2013 Tour de Cure, and take advantage of this great offer of an early registration discount. (Note: If you’re planning to ride as part of our group, join “Team Hadrian” when you register.)


Signing Off

I’m at home today, making preparations to leave Saturday for the 2011 GOBA Tour. All my gear is strewn about the living room, and I’ll soon be turning my attention to the bike itself, which is in need of a good cleaning and a tune-up. I won’t be posting while I’m away, which is to say that things won’t be much different, since I do a pretty lame job of posting as it is. Nevertheless, there will be pictures-a-plenty upon my return.

I hope you all have a good week, and spend a good many hours of it on your bicycles. Hopefully, I’ll see a bunch of you at the Hospice Ride on Sunday, June 26.

Before I go, I meant all week to post a report on last week’s Tour de Cure event. Unfortunately, I never got around to it. But, if you’re interested, here’s  an article about it in the Brighton Patch that you can read. The picture below and on my blog’s home page were shamelessly stolen from the Patch’s website.

It was a terrific ride. The weather could not have been better if we had custom ordered it. I had an obligation the night before, which prevented me from going up early. So I was on the road at 4:30a, wondering if I was going to have sufficient energy to complete the route. As luck would have it, I rode 108 miles, and struggled less than I had the week prior when I rode 74 miles.

John and Amy both rode 65 miles, and Hannah logged 25 miles. Regrettably, we all rode our respective routes more or less individually. I sincerely hope that I can do a better job next year of assembling a larger and more cohesive team so that everyone rides their entire route with at least one other person. It makes such an unbelievable difference.

All right, that’s it for me. You all take care. Ride safe. And don’t be shy about sending in some pictures of your various two-wheeled adventures over the next ten days for me to post on the blog.

PS: ‘Hadrian on a Bicycle’ is hanging on by the skin of its crooked yellow teeth in the Circle of Moms Top 25 Biking Families contest. Voting closes on June 28, and I’m counting on you, both of my faithful readers, to keep us in the running. Don’t forget to vote!

2010 Tour de Cure

This past Saturday, Team Hadrian (John, LuAnn, Linda, Jeanette, Jim, and I) rode in our first Tour de Cure in Brighton, MI. John and I rode the 75-mile route, LuAnn and Linda rode the 10-mile route, and Jeanette and Jim rode the 25-mile route.

Team Hadrian 2010 (230 combined miles)

We had a terrific time (notwithstanding the fact that Jon and I were up at 5a to make the 6a registration for a 6:30a departure!). I didn’t take nearly as many pictures as I had intended, but here are a few for those interested.


forward-thinking hotel chains should provide bikes hooks in the guest rooms

staging (early birds for the longer routes)

75 miles to go

rolling out

13 (of many) reasons why I did it

The event was very well organized and a lot of fun to be part of. I raised $791, and our combined team total, by my calculation, was $2426. Not too shabby. I plan to participate again next year, and I hope we can increase both the size of our team and the amount of money we raise.

Meanwhile, it’s time to think locally. If you haven’t already done so, click here to register for the Hospice of Lenawee Run, Walk, & Bike Tour on Sunday, June 27. I’ll see you there!

team hadrian t-shirts

Team Hadrian t-shirts are now available (finally)! Get one! They’re only ten bucks.

For residents of Lenawee County attending this year’s PALM tour,these shirts are especially for you. Our area looks to have a strong showing. Why not represent and sport the local colors? It’s what all the cool kids will be wearing.

The design is by Alyssa Baker, an art student at Adrian College. I asked Alyssa to talk a bit about her work. Here’s what she had to say.

HADRIAN: How did you become interested in being an artist? How did you get your start?

AB: When I was in third grade we had a “make a book” project. We were being graded on the quality of our writing, but I threw a bit of a hissy fit when my pictures for the story didn’t look the way I wanted them to! I was a bit of a perfectionist, and still am to this day, but I think that was the moment I realized I wanted to put most of my effort into making nice looking pictures.

HADRIAN: How do you classify or categorize yourself as an artist? Where do you “fit” in the grand scheme of the art world?

AB: I think I’m a very commercial artist. I’m not the sort of artist who locks myself in a studio apartment and comes out with abstract sculptures of dogs made of scrap metal from urban areas or anything “out there.” I see myself working for a big company like Disney or Pixar or working for a graphic design firm. I’m happiest when I’m making other people happy with my work and I love being hired to make other peoples’ visions become a reality. I feel like so many people have great ideas stuck in their heads and lack the skills to bring those ideas out into the world, and I love being the girl with the skills to make it happen. My art is mainly done for others but I’ve managed to put a little bit of “me” into everything I do — logos included!

HADRIAN: Describe the types of projects you most enjoy doing? Which undertakings do you find most tedious? What are your favorite and least favorite media?

AB: My all-time favorite thing to do is sit with a mechanical pencil and just doodle cartoon characters. They’re mostly animals but I’ll do a cariacature here and there of family, friends, and sometimes random people. I love animation, movement, and goofy-looking exaggeration. I also love doing just about anything at a computer. Graphic design, digital illustration — I feel as though some of my digital work looks comparable to work by professionals and I get a huge feeling of satisfaction from that. Tediousness (if that’s even a word) doesn’t bother me much. I’m a sucker for fine details and I’m still the perfectionist I was in third grade.

I have to say my least favorite mediums are charcoal (just a mess) and anything 3d, particularly ceramics. Every pot I’ve ever thrown has been crooked!

HADRIAN: Tell us about your creative process. Whence cometh your inspiration? How do you go about conceptualizing and executing a project?

AB: It depends on the project and how demanding the criteria is. Both of my most recent projects have been relatively open ended – working with you on the logos has been easy since you’re not a particularly demanding client and I felt more okay with coming up with slightly out-of-the-box ideas that weren’t really brought up in conversation. The result was a mix of ideas you had from the start mixed with new ideas I got as a result of our conversations.

The concepts for the logo were based on a few key phrases I remembered like “classic,” “round,” “must appeal to many types of bikers.” I usually just doodle very literal interpretations of those things. One of the first sketches I did that I never showed you was literally a circle with Hadrian kid of squished in it. From that terrible idea came the gear idea, then some ideas with the wheel being on top that led to the winning logo design. It’s sort of a logical “well, what else can I do that’s a circle and says ‘Hadrian on a Bicycle'” process that evolves from rather terrible initial sketches.

The project before this one was designing a poster for the “Let’s Save Michigan” contest. The guidelines were fairly open-ended as the poster just had to say “Let’s Save Michigan” and had to resemble posters from a certain era. I like when projects are more open ended than strict, it allows me to throw out a bunch of ideas I think might be stupid and then I realize they actually work pretty well.

HADRIAN: Tell us specifically what you intended to convey with the designs your crafted for these awesome t-shirts.

AB: They are both t-shirts with simple designs that are about bikes but I wanted them to be completely different. The Team Hadrian shirt had to say “classic” and “bikers” without focusing in on people who bike like Lance Armstrong or people who have cute bikes with baskets heading to the grocery store. So there was this challenge of making a design simple and all-inclusive while not making it into a totally boring shirt. I think the size of the logo on the back is a little more “fun” than traditional t-shirts for events, and the words “TEAM HADRIAN” on the front are italicized and say “moving forward” to me without looking too much like a font you’d see on something like a racecar.

HADRIAN: What are you working on now?

AB: On this particular day? Nothing, really, as I just got on summer vacation a few weeks ago (woohoo!) but I am looking to design a website and the graphics/logo for it for my Stepdad who is looking to open a t-shirt business online. I’m also using up all my spare art supplies from the semester to do some paintings and drawings for family and friends, like a giant painting of an angler fish for my boyfriend’s brother and something flowery and pretty for my mother for Mother’s Day.

HADRIAN: What are you looking to do professionally?

AB: My ultimate dream job would be to work for Disney animation studios as some sort of animator or storyboard artist. To get there I’m going through some hoops like working at Walt Disney World later this year as a custodian. Sounds like a drag, but I have opportunities to network while down there, and many professional internships offered through Disney are only available to the kids like me who chose to go through the college program and sweep trash. Plus, I’m getting paid to walk around in sunny weather in wintertime instead of going to school for one semester, so that’s good, too.

Alternatively, I’d be thrilled to work as a graphic designer for someone or get good enough myself to freelance and make a comfortable living. I would love to have people seek me out for work rather than the other way around!

HADRIAN: What’s next for you?

AB: This August I leave for Florida to do the Disney College Program, and after that I return to college. Which college I’m not entirely sure as of yet. But I plan on taking any and all classes that have anything to do with animation, graphic design, and other areas I’m interested in like video editing and tv production. I’m trying to expand my horizons while still being able to say I’m best at A, B, and C. In my immediate future is hopefully a part-time job in town and a car, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for both of those things to happen!

HADRIAN: If one piece of your work could be displayed anywhere in the world — inside or outside (in a museum, on a famous building, stretched along the side of a subway train, suspended from the Eiffel Tower, embossed on Mt. McKinley) and in any format (tattooed, projected on screen, printed on drink coasters, whatever) — where would it be? Why?

AB: That’s a tough one. I don’t think any of my artwork has a powerful enough message to warrant being displayed somewhere like the eiffel tower, though I do love absurd things so I think I would go with a drawing of my cartoon character Frankenfish being on all of those places, just to get people to say “Huh?” and watch snobby artsy people ponder the deep political meaning of such a gesture. For reference here’s a picture of frankenfish with his bride of frankenfish I did about three years ago.

seriously. 24 bucks.

The 2010 Brighton Tour de Cure event is only three weeks away. So far, I’ve raised $726, and Team Hadrian has raised a combined total of $2131. That’s spectacular!

Surprisingly, despite a heap of generous contributions from numerous individuals, only one person has taken me up on my appeal to pledge one dollar. This is the final push. I need and desperately want 24 more folks to pitch in a buck.

Since registering for this ride, I’ve been completely taken aback to find out how many people I know, either directly or indirectly, who are effected by this disease. One member of our team has diabetes, and on the day of the ride I’ll be wearing on my jersey the names of at least a dozen others who live with it or who have lost life or limb to it. These are people I know directly (many of them relatives), people who have sponsored me, or friends and relatives of people who have sponsored me. Diabetes is everywhere.

If you have diabetes, if you know someone with diabetes, if you’re a parent, if you ride a bicycle, if you enjoy reading this blog, if you’re reading this post now because you have nothing better to do or are avoiding work — you get the idea — please consider donating one dollar. THANK YOU!

Team Hadrian will be doing a training ride tomorrow. If anyone would like to join us, you’re more than welcome.

The forecast is partly cloudy with temps in the mid-60s, but windy. Weather.com is predicting 18-20mph winds from the west. We will be riding either the Hospice route or this alternative.

I’ll post a comment on this post with the definite route and start time once I know for sure.


TEAM HADRIAN has raised more than 99% of its Tour de Cure fundraising goal!

(Far be it from me to brag, but we also happen to be in first place in the “friends and family” team category for the Brighton event. Rock on.)

As a team, we’re only $24 short. We need your help to make and then to exceed our goal. Two of our team members are a bit shy of their $150 minimum fundraising requirement. Jeanette needs five bucks to make the cut, and Linda needs $140. Please consider supporting our team by making a donation on their behalf.

Want to do more than just give money? It’s not too late to be part of the excitement. Why not consider joining our team and riding with us? Members of our team are riding a variety of different routes, so you’re free to choose a distance that suits you.

If you’re not up for the ride, why not consider volunteering? Not only do events like these require a heap of hands-on help to be successful, but they are also loads of fun. Being around that many people gathered together around a shared interest and a common cause is tremendously intoxicating.


Team Hadrian

I’m happy to report that Team Hadrian now is now six members strong and has raised $1026 for the American Diabetes Association. We’re only $574 short of our goal. We’re still looking for riders, so why don’t you consider joining us? If you can’t make the Tour de Cure event, why not sponsor one of our new team members and help their fundraising get off to a good start. Need a reason to do so? One of them will be a Red Rider. Every dollar counts!