I must admit that I was kind of looking past Part One of the 2012 Ride for Mike. It isn’t that I’m not excited about it or recognize the importance of what the Stars and Stripes Challenge ride is trying to accomplish. It is more the reason that I arrived at deciding to make it part of the 2012 Ride for Mike a little late in the game. I didn’t have a lot of expectations and frankly did not promote it very much.
Well, that goes to show that often we are blessed beyond our meager faith! Within a two day period over $2500 dollars has come in for the ride. I am humbled by the support, but also have an extra level of excitement going into this weekend realizing that the ride means something to those who have supported it. There is also a new wrinkle I didn’t anticipate, but which adds a bit more interest to the ride.
The P3Ride.org site notifies you when someone makes a donation. When I went to the site I noticed a link in the menu called Rider Incentives. I knew there was probably a jersey or something available for participants, so I went there to see what might be in the packet I would receive for registering.
I saw something that grabbed my attention… “Ride the 6.2 Mile Time Trial Course before the Professionals on May 26.” Those who raise $2500 or more have the opportunity to ride the Time Trial Course and see how you match up in your time against the pros who will ride later in the day. Hmmmmm.
Well, I’m going to do it. So, add one more part to the 2012 Ride for Mike. I’ll be riding both the USA Cycling Professionals Time Trial Championship course and the USA Cycling Professionals Road Race Championship course. I’m very excited to add this new element to the ride. I do realize that it is only possible because of the people who have given.
Thank you and stay tuned… who knows what new surprise may come our way!