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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!

Pelotonic

OK, before I give you the scoop on Saturday’s Tour de Cure VIP ride with Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner, I need to take a minute to say, very sincerely, thanks. Amidst all the fun and excitement, I would be remiss if I failed to recognize that the money raised benefits a very worthwhile cause. I lost an aunt to diabetes, and both my mom and a cousin of mine battle it. So while the fight against diabetes was never something I imagined myself taking up, I’m very happy to have stumbled upon the Tour de Cure. And while I’m tremendously grateful that your financial contributions have afforded me the opportunity to be part of such a fantastically fun event, I am all the more grateful that those funds might someday make real people’s lives fundamentally better.

Now, without further ado, here we go.

I arrived at Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors, in Chelsea, just before 8a. Following registration, complimentary bagels, bananas, and coffee, I donned my sweet-looking 2011 Tour de Cure jersey with my number 847 neatly pinned to the back, and milled about with others eagerly anticipating the appearance of Levi and Chris.

We were told there’d be no opportunity for autographs, but that each person would have their photo taken with the Team RadioShack riders. Fortunately, however, one participant was bold enough to make a move following the photo-op, and Chris and Levi graciously signed a jersey he had brought with him for the occasion. I quickly stepped forward and asked each to sign my Team RadioShack cap.

As excited as I was to see these guys, I didn’t miss an opportunity to take a gander at their bikes.

The sticker on Levi’s stem, by the way, is the logo for his King Ridge GranFondo. As additional group shots were taken outside, participants strapped on their helmets and got ready to ride.

It wasn’t long before we were en route. As luck would have it, I fell in right behind Levi and Chris. I really cannot do justice to what a cool experience it was actually riding with these guys. They were so unbelievably accessible, down to earth, and cordial. There were numerous instances in which Chris, in particular, would put his hand on the back of a rider next to him to offer a push. And while plenty of the conversation centered on their lives as professional cyclists, they seemed equally happy to shoot the breeze about perfectly mundane things, just like ordinary guys. It was just like a regular Monday night club ride, albeit with two guys who just happen to spend three weeks each year riding in France in the company of Fabian Cancellara, Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador, Thor Hushovd, and so on.

I want to take a second to mention also (again) what an amazing experience it is riding in a group. That said, riding in a group like this was something exceptional. We were a fairly large pack, in a relatively tight formation, clipping along at around 21-23 mph, give or take. It was absolutely amazing.

I hung in until around 11.5 miles, and then began to fall off the back. I would have been perfectly content to get that much, but then, by around mile 13, I found myself once again amidst the lead group. Granted, for these guys, this hardly even qualified as a Sunday afternoon spin along the bike path. But for a crusty old schmuck like myself, it was a total rush.

Then, things took a nasty turn. Around mile 21, I was trying to return my camera to my jersey pocket, and I missed. Thankfully, the camera survived the fall, though it’s a little beaten up. Turning around, I found that a guy I had met earlier had snatched it up and was already mashing the pedals to make up the lost time. He said, “Let’s catch those guys,” and told me to grab his wheel. We were cranking when he began to veer slightly left. I thought he was peeling  off to give me a turn at the front. I pushed forward on the right only to realize too late that he was actually preparing to turn right. I, unfortunately, had missed the route marking, and soon collide with him. I survived the encounter upright, but he went down … hard. He tore his shorts and his flesh in multiple locations, and his bike was scuffed up, too.

I have never, to my knowledge, caused someone else to crash. Rest assured, it is a miserable feeling.

We rode the remaining three or four miles to the rest stop together. I apologized profusely, over and over and over again, and then decided it was probably best if I just shut my mouth and kept my distance. Hence, the shot taken of my injured fellow-rider from across the picnic pavilion, followed by another photo marking an experience that I will never forget.

Two or three miles after the rest stop, the 40- and 70-mile routes split. Levi and Chris stayed with the 40, as they both had planes to catch. (Levi was flying to Switzerland for the Tour de Suisse, which begins next Saturday. Go Levi!). Only seven riders, including myself (and the guy I caused to crash), took the 70-mile option. It was a hard ride, for me at least, though I was the third to finish. I ended the day with 74.01 miles on the trip odometer, 4:05 in the saddle, and an overall average of 18 mph. And at roughly 50 miles in, something flew into my mouth and stung me twice. Needless to say, by the time I got back to the bike shop, I was cooked.

Now, as cool as all this was — and it was incredibly cool — none of it holds a candle to the wicked sweet pair of sunglasses Hannah and Lauren gave me later that evening at a graduation party. Check ’em out:

I cannot think of a more apt addition to my kit, because, you know, I’m wicked cool like that.

Tour de Cure Volunteers Needed

The Tour de Cure is right around the corner, and volunteers are needed. If you or someone you know might like to be involved but don’t want to ride, here’s your chance to be part of the fun and help support the cause. All volunteers will receive a Tour T-Shirt and a lunch ticket. Here’s what’s needed:

REST STOP VOLUNTEERS:

Brighton Recreation Area – 2 people  –  9am-2pm
Grass Lake Middle School – 1 person – 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Hell in a Hand Basket – 1 person – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Start/ Finish Line – 3 people – 6:00 am – 4:00 pm (times vary depending on Start or Finish)

NON-REST STOP VOLUNTEERS:

SAG Drivers – 4 (different vehicles) [times dependent on courses – need (2) 100  mile, (2) 25 mile]
Road Marshalls – 9 needed [6:00 am – 4:00pm]
Course Markers for Friday, June 10th – 10 needed
HAM Radio – 15 needed [6:00 am – 4:30 pm]
Clean Up – 2 needed [noon – 4:30pm]
T-Shirt – 3 needed [6:00 am – 10:30 am]
Pre-Event Greeters – 3 needed [6:00 am – 10:30 am]
Finish Line – 2 needed [11 am – 4pm]
Registration – 7 needed [6:00am – 10:30 am]
Set – up/ Breakfast/ Lunch – 10 needed [5:30 am – 11:30 am]

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS AT REST STOPS:

#2 St. Joseph – 1
#4 Grass Lake -1
#5 Hell – 1
#7 Hawkins Elementary School – 1
Roaming Medical with the SAG Drivers – one for each SAG would be ideal. (8)

If you’re interested, complete the volunteer form and email it to Emily Malone, or fax it to 248-433-1095.

If you have any questions, call 888-342-2383 extension 6694 for Anika or 6699 for Nicki.

 

Please, Please, Please…

Hook me up! I have raised $835 $885 for this year’s Tour de Cure ride. ($100 has been received offline and therefore does not appear on my Tour de Cure page). But check out the incentive available to anyone who has raised $1000 by tomorrow (Saturday, May 28):

June 4: VIP RIDE!
You are not going to want to miss these special events for the VIP’s. We are very excited to announce that Levi Leipheimer and Chris Horner from Team RadioShack will be joining us on Saturday, June 4 for the VIP Ride. These two are absolutely world class cyclists and we couldn’t be more fortunate to have them join us.  In fact, Chris just took first in the Amgen Tour of California last weekend, and Levi took second! Let’s show them what Michigan is made of: passionate and amazing riders who are coming together to Stop Diabetes!

If you have raised $1,000 but are holding onto donations, please mail them to our office by May 28. Please note, only VIPs will be able to ride on June 4, but you can bring a guest to the VIP Party on June 10. The VIP Ride is a very special opportunity for those that have gone the extra mile. We will have check-in procedures for all riders to participate. If you have qualified for this amazing event, you will receive a VIP invitation in the mail next week which will provide you with more details.

I only need another $165 $115, but I need it by tomorrow. I totally think I can pull it off, but not without your help. Hence, I’m begging — yes, sincerely begging — my readers to help me out. Are there 33 23 of you who would be willing to donate five bucks to help in the fight against diabetes and help me be part of the ride with Levi and Chris? Click here to show your support.

What’s it worth to you? Personally, I think the cause and the service this blog provides should be enough to warrant such a small donation. But if you think something else is required (e.g., want me to wash your bike? want to draft me for the entirety of the next windy group ride?), post a comment or email me indicating what you have in mind, and I’ll see what I can do.

THANKS in advance for your support!

Team Hadrian

Still thinking about riding this year’s Tour de Cure? Here’s the last chance to be part of Team Hadrian and save some dough.

TOUR REGISTRATION FEE GOES UP APRIL 1
Tell your friends, family and co-workers the early registration fee of $15 will be going up to $25 on April 1! Feel free to forward this link for easy registration:
www.diabetes.org/michigantourdecure.

You can join the team after April 1, of course. It’ll just cost you more to do it. But then who wouldn’t pay a premium to support an excellent cause and to be part of such an elite squad of perfectly average cyclists?

Jokes aside, come on, sign up. We’ll have a rockin’ good time, I promise. I have five team members recruited so far,  and I’m looking for more. You can ride any of the route options you like and still be part of our team.

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.

sleeping

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!