Ride for the Cure - 2011 (continued)Richard & Pam Oliver
This inaugural event was quite enjoyable, but sadly, with a relatively low turn-out, few enjoyed it. Though capped at 600 riders, it garnered only 140 participants. Undoubtedly, the $125 entry fee, none of which was a charitable tax deduction, was a deterrent for some. We plan to offer our feedback to the Komen folks, that a lower fee will most likely increase participation next year, and reap higher profits.
This Ride for the Cure was a sanctioned CSCC event and counted for club miles. We met up with Janine Hegeman and Suzie Thomas-Browne at rest stop 4 during the ride. Then later ate lunch with Janine, who stated she identified at least four other club riders. This event was extra special for Janine, as her mother is a breast cancer survivor -- she is gifting her Ride for the Cure medallion to her Mom!
We plan to return for the 2nd annual Ride for the Cure next year, hopefully with a lower fee and a larger crowd. While many gnarly CSCC club riders would consider the mostly flat 44 mile distance a "pink cupcake" ride, we need to note that both Janine and Suzie earned a "swagger" to their strut as they opted for the 72 mile ride! (This was a great tune-up ride for Janine who was to depart for RAGBRAI the following week with Al Brody's "Schmooze" team.)
To cap this wonderful Saturday of biking, we then partook with dozens of other Club members in Rich and Sherrie Hostak's delightful evening BBQ with the iconic road biker movie: American Flyers!
Photos provided by Richard Oliver