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Do it for someone you love!

It has been awhile since I have published a post about the I Do It For Foundation. I’ll be working up an update on where things stand soon, but I am excited to announce that we are making the I Ride For _____ kits available to anyone who would like to purchase one. Originally, they were available only to people participating in I Do It For Foundation campaigns. However, the purpose of the foundation is to help people show support for others. One way to do that is to get the kits on as many cyclists as possible!

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The jerseys are designed to allow you to personalize sections of the front and rear pocket panel. My jersey reads, “I Ride For Mike.” Your jersey will come blank for you to either write in or have a name sublimated into the provided area. All items are “race cut” and if you are looking for a more relaxed fit, consider going up a size if you normally wear a “club cut” jersey.

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The bib shorts have been some of the most comfortable I’ve ever owned. The fabric is quality and the chamois is very comfortable even on long rides either on the road or on the trainer. They are a great addition to the I Ride For jerseys.

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Those interested in shorts have an option as well. Not as long as the bibs, these shorts use the same fabric and chamois as the bibs. These are not “charity event” products, but rather race quality design and construction.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GETTING IN ON THIS CUSTOM ORDER.

Note: this custom order window closes May 31. If demand is high, this order
could close sooner and will reopen for another 30 days.

Of course, don’t forget that you can turn your next cycling event into an I Ride For ____ campaign. In the past, I’ve used the Hincapie Gran Fondo as a personal fundraiser. Any cycling event can be used (any event for that matter) as an I Do It For event.

Show your support for someone you love… and for the I Do It For Foundation. Get your kit today!

Our City: Greenville

Here is a little video of Main Street in the city we call home — Greenville, South Carolina. The first part of the video includes a ride over the Liberty Bridge and then up onto Main. The ride ends near McPherson Park on the north side of town.

Greenville is a city full of charitable people. It is a great city for an organization such as I Do It For to grow. We’re grateful to be in Greenville!

On the trails again

Thing Two and I hit the trails yesterday when I got off work. It was nothing big, we loaded up the MTBs and headed down to Cleveland Park to ride the Eagle trail. It was a good way to ease my son into different types of terrain though I was the one to take a fall.

Felt Mountain Bike

Felt Nine Sport 29er

I will say that I am enjoying the bike. It is taking me a little bit to get used to the larger wheels. The bike weighs in at over 30 pounds and I’m used to riding a bike that weighs about half that! Also, the taller bike isn’t as easy to “throw around” as the smaller wheeled mountain bike. However, it will certainly roll over stuff!

It was not challenged at all by the Eagle Trail. This is a trail built by an Eagle scout back in the late 90’s (or was it early 2000’s?) It connects an older section of unpaved trailed with a “newer” one that is closer to the zoo. The older section that goes above the tennis courts and follows Woodland Way is a smooth packed single track. Without walkers, you could really pick up some speed.

The newer section is more technical but only relatively speaking. The primary challenge for us on that portion of the trail were all the leaves. There is a pretty steep climb and we simply couldn’t make it up. The reason was because we could get no traction. No matter how much weight I tried to get back on the rear wheel, it would still slip out from under me.

We finally ended up walking to the top of that section to get a chance to access other parts of the small trail network. We did a couple of loops there and then headed back to the older section to make our way back to the car. It was only a 30 minute ride, but it was enough to get some blood flowing.

I did come out of it with my wrist injured. Another things I am having to get used to is the new pedal system. I’m used to my Speedplay pedals that with an easy twist of my foot get me disengaged from the bike. The system on the Felt MTB isn’t a bad one. It just isn’t what I’m used to.

Thing Two and I stopped on the side of a grassy hill and I came to a stop. I then went to get out of the pedal to put my foot down. You guessed it. I couldn’t get out fast enough and over I went.

Thankfully, as I was going down, my foot finally released. I remember distinctly thinking as I put my left hand out that I shouldn’t do it. I knew my wrist was already damaged and who knows what would happen if I put all my weight on that arm.

This was going through my mind as my hand reached the ground. I couldn’t avoid it touching at that point, but I did buckle it quickly and rolled to my shoulder. I then kept rolling and came up on my feet.

There was an immediate twinge of pain in my wrist, but not really any worse than it had been. I mounted back up and we started to ride. At first the wrist continued to bother me, but soon I wasn’t thinking about it anymore.

We finished up my ride and headed home. I was kind of glad it was a short one. It left me wanting to do more instead of feeling like we were suffering to a finish. I did realize that we would have gotten bored if we stayed on that short and limited trail for very long.

Next will be Paris Mountain State Park and then perhaps Dupont. Of course, that reminds me of why I stopped mountain biking in the first place. There is always the search for a new trail to ride and that leads you farther and farther afield. That takes more and more time.

Hey, we’ll worry about that when we get there.

USA Cycling or not USA Cycling

Thanks for the feedback on whether or not I should ride the Hincapie Gran Fondo. I had several different responses between Yes, No, and Other. Frankly, I still have not made up my mind. However, today I have a different question on which I’d like some feedback.

USA CyclingSimply asked, “What is the advantage of being a USA Cycling registered club?” Yes, I see there are some liability advantages, but does it go beyond that? I assume you can have a club without registering.

Here is why I ask. I want to start a club: Team Low Cadence. Its purpose is to help promote the I Do It For Foundation. The kits would have I Do It For ___ as the primary sponsor. There would also be other sponsors who have provided pro bono work for the foundation.

That is where I run afoul the USAC club rules. According to the rule book, you are not allowed to have sponsors on your jersey until you host your first event. Now, I Do It For as Ride for Mike has done an event for years. They just were not USAC sanctioned events.

I want to work with USAC, but I can provide kits and support for licensed riders without organizing under USA Cycling. In some ways, it would be a whole lot easier. I don’t need permission to ride my bicycle and only individuals need permission to race.

Can someone explain to me the reasoning behind this? Yes, I do plan to call USA Cycling and ask. However, it is still 6 AM in Colorado Springs and I need to get the blog post out.

Would you race for Team Low Cadence?

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Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Here’s an idea. It didn’t come to me in a dream. It came to me in the middle of a bike ride. Seems a lot of my ideas come in the saddle… or in the shower. But enough of that, here is the idea.

Team Low Cadence

Low Cadence Cycling Team?

What do you think of the idea of the I Do It For Foundation starting a cycling team? The team would be based off of this blog (which will within the next couple of months become the “Official blog of the I Do It For Foundation”) and be called Team Low Cadence. Here is how it would work.

Anyone interested in being a part of Team Low Cadence would go to IDoItFor.org and fill out a form expressing their interest. Interested parties would be two different groups… recreational riders and racers. They would participate on two different levels.

Recreational Riders

These riders would would simply sign up by giving their personal information and committing to stage their own individual or group charity ride using the IDoItFor.org tools. They would receive their own personalized I Ride For ____ kit when they started the process of promoting their ride. They would not need to race to be a part of this group.

Racers

For racers it would be a bit different. Racers who sign up to be a member of Team Low Cadence would receive a team issue I Do It For kit before the start of the racing season. They would be required to wear the kit during races in which they participate. They would also be required to stage their own individual or group charity ride using the IDoItFor.org tools.

However, it doesn’t end there. If a racer joins Team Low Cadence committing to race for the team during the season, his or her fee for the USA Cycling license would be reimbursed by the I Do It For Foundation after they compete in a requisite number of events. There would also be podium bonuses for Category 3, 2 and 1 riders. They would simply show their finish on the official USA Cycling web site along with a photo from the race (preferably a podium shot) of them wearing their team kit.

Hair-brained idea? I was just thinking that it would be a great way to get publicity for the foundation and at the same time draw people into staging their own events. It really isn’t hard to go out and stage an individual ride for the purpose of helping someone in need. The I Do It For Foundation would make it even easier to be successful.

Perhaps a number of racers in an area could come together and form a team that would allow them to use team tactics. They could work together on their I Do It For event. At the same time they could support a worthy foundation and not have the expense of purchasing team gear.

Crazy idea? Sometimes those are the most risky ones… but sometimes the best ones.

The hallmarks of I Do It For

14 Days – $08,300

Pledge to the 2012 Ride for Mike

Before I started typing this I was getting a little discouraged. As you know, I haven’t been on the bike that much. Today I was hoping to get in a long ride to judge my endurance level.

Well, turns out I have Thing Three’s soccer game this morning and then there is a Bruins soccer game at 5 PM. I have to set up for the alumni area there before the gates open. So, at the most, I am going to get in another one hour ride today.

BUT I can’t be discouraged. There is just too much awesome stuff going on and I am thankful to be able to attend my son’s soccer game. I am also thankful for the opportunities I have to meet with alumni at the games. I am also excited about how the I Do It For Foundation is coming together!

That’s what I want to write about this morning. As we plan for the foundation, I’ve been working on a short business plan. As part of that there is a focus on the values of the organization. Basically, what do we want to be the hallmark philosophies behind what we do. During my hour long ride Friday evening a lot of things that have been rattling around in my brain connected into salient thought.

I Do It For Foundation

The proposed logo for the I Do It For Foundation

Passionate about People

Anytime I think of what the I Do It For Foundation does, this is at the tip of the spear. The focus will be on individuals and their needs. It isn’t that causes aren’t important. It isn’t that there isn’t value in banding together to fight a common enemy. Those are important. However, there are many organizations that focus on that. We want the focus to be primarily on people and secondarily on a cause.

Last night an anonymous donor gave $5000 to the Ride for Mike to be an encouragement to a young man starting his second battle against cancer. I felt like Santa Claus as I notified him of the gift in his honor. We’ll also be sending him a special I Ride For t-shirt. In the grand scheme of things, it isn’t a big deal. However, that little bit of encouragement can mean a lot during a hard time.

Imagine a family struggling to pay medical expenses suddenly learning that a friend, relative or local bicycle club is going to do an event in their honor. They get the ongoing encouragement as the ride is promoted and planned. Then that all culminates in the tangible benefit of funds designated to their personal need. It gives me goosebumps!

Transparent with Truth

Another hallmark of the foundation is transparency. While we will always strive to be careful with the privacy of our donors, we will be transparent with where the money goes. My dream in this regard is that the accounting is public where you can come to IDoItFor.org and check out the ledger on a realtime basis.

We never want people to raise a question as to whether the funds are being used in ways described by the organization. Obviously, there will be reports that have to be filed with the government, but we want to report to our supporters well before we have to do so to the government.

Selfless in Service

In all of this, the foundation can never be the purpose for its existence. It exists for the mission we are trying to fulfill. If ever the objective is simply to grow the foundation, then we have failed.

The foundation must grow. The money that comes in will not directly go to individuals. Some of it may at some point go to pay administrative salaries. Definitely money will go into building tools and purchasing promotional materials.

However, the administrator must be selfless in his or her service to the people the tools are being built to serve and for whom the promotional materials are being created to encourage.

I Do It For is unique. While it is focused on getting tangible help and emotional encouragement to individuals, it does not do so directly. It is an organization that seeks to motivate and equip others to provide that tangible help and emotional encouragement. It exists to take away the burden of logistics and marketing to empower individuals and groups to lift up individuals in need. Here is really what makes it unique: All of this is done free of charge.

Because of its unique mission, it is very important that the I Do It For Foundation be passionate about people, transparent with truth and selfless in service.

2012 Ride for Mike Giving

$30,075


Thank you for your support!

We want to say thank you to these individuals who have given to the 2012 Ride for Mike.

Nick and Bette Uwarow
Dan Rundle
Dan Wooster
Scott Arthur
Tim Morgan
Terry and Sharon Hicks
Beth, Haley and Audrey Chenault
Mike Schroeder
Windell and Linda Pait
Tim Ketler
Patricia Smith
Suzanne Dersch
Carl & Donna Kiger
William Thomson
Anonymous
Dianne Phillips
Anonymous
Chad Terry
Jarred Edgecombe
Jason McCaskill
Lora and Grace McCaskill
Rhonda Arthur
Karen Essex
David Mruz
Lisa Burch
Justin McCaskill
Anthony Gordon
David McQuaid
Phil Humbert
Brent Honshell
Matt Jaeggli
Shane Berry
Dan and Erin Hicks
Glenn Pope
Jonathan Stevens
Beverly Courington
Kraig Scott
Scottie Weiss
Luis Sanchez
Matt Tebbetts
Michelle Adams
Johnny Buffaloe
David Howard
Chris Phillips
Pat LeMasterĀ