The day before the ride was such a beautiful early fall day. It was sunny, not too warm with no wind. 70 riders were signed up to ride and I was so stoked!
The next morning, Saturday, September 29th, we woke up to cool temps and heavy cloud. As soon as I pulled into Mike’s Bike Shop, a light rain started to come down. It was 8 degrees and the forecast looked quite wet, but riders just kept rolling in. In a way it was the perfect analogy to Type 1 gaming. No matter how much planning you do, there are still some uncontrollable factors that can and do mess with your perfect plan. Just like the crap weather we were facing, high and low blood sugars, bad infusion sets just happen. It’s just a Type 1 game rule…
The early group rolled out at
Most riders, including myself, deemed the ride as the “hardest day on a bike in my life”. One of the things that I love most about cyclists is their positive attitude. You organize an event that turns into a near-death experience and the riders don’t bitch or complain… They thank you.
After all the math, $19,479 has been raised and donated to JDRF in search for a cure for Type 1 Diabetes!! That’s over $4,000 above our initial goal of $15,000.
From Adele and all other Type 1 gamers out there, I would like to personally and sincerely thank everyone who made this happen! Thanks to all participants and to the sponsors: Mike’s Bike Shop, Arcteryx, Giant bicycles, Terry Tomlin, Cycle Lambert, Sock Guy, Simple Signs and Dieppe Rotary club as well as all who donated including Pablo Vergara for all his help and for sacrificing his dignity and hair for the cause…
THANK YOU !!
*Photo by Don Ricker photography