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Fundraising: Palo Alto Bike-a-Thon

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

We had our 3rd Stationary Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser today and managed to have some good times as well as raise $488 + a bucket of pocket change (we’ll count that later). Our CCFC jerseys arrived just as we began setting up the fundraising tent this morning, so we were very excited to finally look like a real team of cyclists. Here’s the group (sans Max) sporting the new look:

(left to right: Paddy, Rob [not riding], David, Jacob, John, Ezra)

Here’s John during his turn on the crank.

Here’s a crowd wary of coming too close to men in tights (always a good policy, I don’t blame them).
And finally, here’s Ezra wondering why a 20-year old stuffed bear happens to be our mascot for the day.

Tom from Velotech in Palo Alto gave our bikes each physicals one-by-one, so to speak, and for the most part they all got the “okay” from him. We’re very grateful for his help and he’s really put in a lot of effort for us. Plus it’s peaceful to know that a master tech has given our gear approval for the trip.

One last bit, as for Max’s broken arm, he’ll be riding. We may put (read: force) him in the driver’s seat of the car for a little bit until the inflammation dies down and whatnot, but he’s still on board to Baltimore.

Event: July 1st Bike-a-Thon in Palo Alto, CA

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

It’s official: we have an event permit from the City of Palo Alto. Thus, we’ll be holding a 3rd Stationary Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser in Lytton Plaza (map) on Saturday, July 1st from 10:00am to 6:00pm PST. This will be the first time that the entire CCFC team will be attending the fundraiser, so come meet us and cheer on the riders.

Lytton Plaza is located next to Pizza-My-Heart at 220 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94301.

(Photo by Dirk Riehle)

1st Oxford Bike-a-Thon Photos

Thursday, June 8th, 2006

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Ezra putting the hurt on his fixie under the Bridge of Sighs at Oxford. Two days until the 2nd Stationary Bike-a-Thon on June 10th- join us!

Photo credits: Colin Buck

2nd Oxford Stationary Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser

Tuesday, June 6th, 2006

We will be holding a second Stationary Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser for CCFC at Oxford on June 10th from 9am to 6pm. Join us at the Bridge of Sighs adjacent to Hertford College to cheer the riders. We’ll have Krispy Kreme donuts for sale as well. Come join us in the ride against cancer!

1st Oxford Stationary Bike-a-Thon Fundraiser

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

Big thanks to the people of Oxford and undiscerning tourists from all points for making our first fundraiser for Cross Country for Cancer a huge success. At 9 o’clock last Saturday we set up my fixie on a stationary trainer under Hertford’s Bridge of Sighs and 8 hours of cycling later we had raised £527 ($980.40 US) for charity. Along with online donations, that puts us at over $2,500 — 1/10 of our $25,000 goal!

A couple things stuck me over the course of the 6 hours that I was on the saddle. First and most profoundly, the male anatomy was not made for spending that much time on a hard leather saddle. I’m still regaining feeling in my ‘extremities’ and am fairly certain that I have once and for all taken my self out of the gene-pool. Also, a disturbingly large proportion of the population, when confronted with a lycra-clad cyclist riding a stationary bike in the middle of the street, have an uncontrollable desire to yell “Oi, you ain’t gettin’ very far!” and then double over in convulsive laughter. Actually, most of the folks that stopped by were really inquisitive and supportive.

About an hour into the ride we had put up a sign saying “Will sprint for 1 quid”, which immediately improved our success (some people are quite conscientious about getting value for their money). As some as the sign went up we started develop more of a circus-esque atmosphere. Fred definitely caught the wrong end of the stick with the sprinting. As soon as he got on the bike his ‘friends’ made him spin for about 5 minutes straight. Seriously, how can anyone be mean to Fred? It’s like telling a child that Santa died in a tragic misunderstanding with the LAPD.

During the course of the day Paddy put in a powerful couple hours, and Max made an appearance for about fifteen minutes (Oxford finals prevented a longer stay). Paddy deserves special mention for being the mac-daddy of all street hustlers. Tourist just can’t resist that bright Norwegian smile.

Anyhow next weekend, June 10th, we’ll be out on the street again. This time with a real sign, a real map of the US, Krispy Kreme donuts, and maybe even a permit from the city.

06.08.06 Update: Here are some photos of the event.