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9 Days – $10,400

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Nine days. That is all we have before the 2012 Ride for Mike. There are lots of exciting things going on, but with the excitement comes pressure and work. I’m at the “I hope I don’t drop one of these balls” stage!

Yesterday was an uplifting and depressing day all in one. The news broke of the USADA report where several professional cyclists I have enjoyed following since I began riding confessed to “doping” in years past. As I wrote yesterday, it was no surprise. As much as my heart hoped that they had ridden cleanly, my brain told me that it was a pipe dream.

So, the news was not a surprise. I don’t tie my happiness or hope for humankind up in the behavior of professional cyclists. It is what it is. My hope is that something good comes out of it and that professional cycling will take another step forward. However, I’ll make this last comment — if you think the code of silence in cycling is over, think again. Human nature is betting against you.

Now for the good news! You can see it above. We crossed the $10,000 barrier yesterday! We’re now at $10,400 as I type this. With nine days to go, who knows what we might end up with! You can do your part to support the I Do It For Foundation.

I also had the privilege to be interviewed by the Greenville News. I’m looking forward to the story appearing somewhere in the paper within the next week. The writer is also interviewing Mike. It will be fun to be in the article together.

Thank you so much for all the people who are giving in non-monetary ways. There have been those people who have opened doors for me to meet with people of influence who can give lasting help to the foundation. Others have come along side to offer a helping hand with logistics. Again, I can’t say thank you enough to Chris Hartzler and the help he has and continues to give in creating a great brand for I Do It For _____.

Here is a way you can help. Take the image below and save it to your computer. Upload it to your Facebook page and ask people to support the ride. Consider using the text below in the images description and that will point people to where they want to go.

“Please support the 2012 Ride for Mike that is raising funds to kickstart the I Do It For Foundation. Learn more about the ride and the foundation at”

Thank you, everyone for your support! I am truly blessed. I look forward to the foundation representing the hard work of all of us.