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Jane Tomlinson : 1964-2007

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

Once again, CCFC loses it’s irreverent tone when considering this unique woman. As you all know, Jane Tomlinson’s achievements over the past seven years have been remarkable not only through their magnitude, both in terms of tasks undertaken and funds raised, but in their intrinsic quality – a devotion to others in spite of her own fears, misgivings, pain and even outside criticism. It is a lasting testament to her strength of character that she defied her critics and illness alike for so long.

We know that to Mike another note of condolence will be one of very many, but to us, the pleasure and privilege of knowing Jane for a brief few weeks last year is something that will always be in our memories. Jane represented so many qualities of humanity that if everyone took away with them one thing that she had taught them, she will have a mark more enduring than any amount of money.

To Mike and the children, thank you for sharing Jane with us for a short while, it’s something we can’t begin to put a price on -

- The CCFC Riders

To learn more about Jane, visit Wikipedia and Jane’s Appeal.

0 more sleeps to go…

Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Posts for Days 43 and 44 are coming tomorrow… They will be lengthy (but gripping) and cover the final moments of our tour of America, ending in fatality and rebirth. I’ll be sitting in an airport for quite a few hours tomorrow, so I think I’ll be able to write everything and get it all posted up.

Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

(This is assuming they’ll let me take my laptop as carry-on. Thanks to recent unfortunate events, they may not. Cross your fingers…)

News: GPS floodgates reopen

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

Well, if you’ve given up on tracking us via the GPS feed, it’s time to start again. GPS tracking is now working about 95% of the time we’re cycling. It’s a great way to find out where we are, if we’re still moving, or track our GPS unit if it gets stolen. GPS data gets updated about every 5-15 minutes.

Also, expect a few days worth of blogs to be posted this evening when we get to John’s house.

Website: GPS and Bios

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

We’ve written bios, mostly thanks to David, so have a gander and see what you think.

On top of that, we now have a picture diagram of how the GPS system “works”. (And works is in quotes because it doesn’t work where we are right now in Nevada).

A quick word…

Tuesday, July 4th, 2006

We’re going through some areas of the country that, well, aren’t exactly Silicon Valley. The Internet will be spotty for us throughout our trip. Campsites and roadsides don’t often offer free wifi, you know?

So though I’m trying to write at least one post for every day, I may end up posting three days at once as internet becomes available. It’s a very opportunistic system.

Beg, borrow, and steal is the plan.

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)

Riding schedule is online

Saturday, June 24th, 2006

I’ve updated the site a bit to accommodate more content. Also the riding schedule (days, dates, and cities) has been posted as well. Maps should be up early next week.

Hertford College JCR Donation

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Many thanks for the solidarity shown by Hertford JCR on Sunday, when a motion was passed to donate £350 ($645.71 USD) to Cross Country for Cancer. Add to this the £87 ($160.50 USD) from the Charities motion and we’ve been given a healthy boost in our fundraising total. More to come we’re sure!

Hertford College JCR Donation

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Many thanks for the solidarity shown by Hertford JCR on Sunday, when a motion was passed to donate £350 ($645.71 USD) to Cross Country for Cancer. Add to this the £87 ($160.50 USD) from the Charities motion and we’ve been given a healthy boost in our fundraising total. More to come we’re sure!