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I Ride For Windell Countdown Day 3

I don’t know if it has yet hit me that I am rolling out in three days on the 2016 Ride For Mike. I know I’ve caused some confusion… So, is this Ride For Mike or is it Ride For Windell? The answer is “Yes.”

Michael T. McCaskill with baby Grace

Michael T. McCaskill with baby Grace

It is the Ride For Mike because the I Do It For Foundation was started and continues to operate in his memory. I set a goal back in 2007 to ride in a charity ride each year in his memory. It is something I’ve managed and some of them have been pretty epic!

So, every ride I do for the I Do It For Foundation is a “Ride For Mike.” The person I am honoring or the cause for which I am riding can change. That is why this year’s edition of the Ride For Mike is “I Ride For Windell.” As I am riding to honor my father who is recovering from a stroke he had in June.

Greenville to Charleston

2011 Ride For Mike Route

In some ways, this is a return to the old days. After doing several organized rides, I began to branch out to organize my own events. The first of these was the 2010 Ride For Mike from Memphis, TN to Apex, NC — a 730-mile solo ride over 7 days. Then in 2011 I followed up with a Greenville, SC to Charleston, SC ride — a 220-mile solo ride in one day.

Then I think I just got tired! In 2012 – 2015 I participated in already established rides for my Rides For Mike. The only break in that was 2013 when I helped Michael T’s dad, Mike, finish his first century ride. However, it wasn’t as challenging as those first solo rides.

This two-day (maybe one-day?) 240 miles ride is going to be a challenge. I trained hard for the Greenville to Charlotte ride. I have rarely averaged over two hours on any ride in 2016. I wouldn’t say that I fear I can’t do it. I would say that I dread how I know it is going feel. So, at this point, I put this attempt right up there with the 2010 and 2011 rides.

Greenville, SC to Bladenboro, NC

2016 Ride For Mike

Follow along with me as I prep to leave Friday morning. I’ll be keeping everyone up-to-date via social media as the ride progresses. It will be interesting to see how far I can get on day one. Find out by following on Instagram.


No hidden fees

You may have noticed that the funds raised during the I Ride For Windell project are not going to Windell. They are going into the I Do It For Foundation. Let me explain why.

Simply put, it costs money to raise money. The I Do It For Foundation is committed to providing this platform free of charge to our Doers and making sure that 100% of the money raised goes to the Inspiration. This is important to us.

Consider GoFundMe.com, the popular fund raising site. They do a great job! They also are upfront with you that when money is processed through their site that up to 8% will be taken from the money you gave. So, let’s say you gave $1000 through the system.

($1000 x 5%) + ($1000 x 2.9%) + $.30 = $79.30
Total given to need: $920.70

$29.30 goes directly to process the transaction. Then $50 goes to GoFundMe.com to help improve their tools, pay their employees, and maintain their infrastructure. From my point of view, they do a good job.

However, there is one thing with which I take exception qui vend du cialis. The following image is a screen capture from their site. Screen Shot 2016-09-02 at 8.43.02 AM

There are no hidden fees at I Do It For. It is 100% free for our Doers and no transaction fees are charged to the donors when they give. 100% of the donations go to the Inspiration. So, let’s say you give $1000 through I Do It For

$1000 = $1000
Total given to need: $1000

While there are no hidden fees, there are real costs associated with processing the money. I Do It For Foundation covers the processing fees for every transaction. That $29.30 has to come from somewhere so the bank can be paid! We also want to continue to improve our online and promotion tools, but we don’t get that $50 from the donation coming in. By the way, there are no employees to pay as all involved in day-to-day operations are volunteers.

So, each year I find myself begging for funding to help get us through another year. To be honest, too much success could kill us. If we started having hundreds of projects running, we would struggle to cover expenses. That is why we have hesitated to promote the foundation. We need to get an “endowment” started that will allow us to move forward with confidence that we can maintain our objective of providing 100% of the donations to our Inspirations at no cost (in money at least) to our Doers.

Funny that I ended up doing this because I HATE asking for money. However, I am asking now. Please support the I Do It For Foundation. Help us move forward with confidence providing a better platform for more and more Doers to show their support for someone they love.


Thank you!

Clubbing on the Island

It has been a busy weekend and an even busier start of probably my busiest week of the year. However, I just have to stop and say thank you to those folks who have joined me in forming the I Do It For ___ Cycling Club on Zwift. I would be remiss not to mention our first ever club ride that took place Friday evening, October 16, 2015.

8 o’clock that evening was the best time for our international group of cyclists. Kev Wells from Australia was the one who actually rode with us on Saturday in order to make it. Julynn Washington and Jessee Bennett joined us from North Carolina. There there was me from here in South Carolina.

Sure, it was only four of the possible 10 riders at that time. However, by the time Monday was done the club had grown to 17 members. I think it was partly due to the good time others on Zwift saw us having while we rode together.

I’d also like to think that deep in everyone’s hearts there is a desire to help others. The I Do It For ___ Cycling Club is all about that. It isn’t just about riding the bicycle — or the trainer. It is to use that device as a tool to help others.

<a href="http://lowcadence ou commander cialis.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/theclub.jpg”>The first club ride (left to right): Julynn Washington, Kev Wells, Jonathan Pait, and Jesse Bennett

The first club ride (left to right): Julynn Washington, Kev Wells, Jonathan Pait, and Jesse Bennett

That is what the club is about. First, it is to support and encourage each other. While I love a good hard ride and a competitive race as much as the next person, there is also something satisfying about a group ride with many people of varying abilities. I enjoyed pulling along sometimes and other times getting pushed.

Second, the club is about the I Do It For Foundation. I hope the club continues to grow and that the members will catch the vision to help others by doing their own I Do It For campaigns. I also hope that Zwift will be a part of those efforts.

If you would like to join us, I invite you to check out the Unofficial Zwift Team and Club Listing. You will find the link in the menu at the top of this page. Once there, click to join a club and choose I Do It For ___ Cycling Club as the one you wish to join. We’ll get you on the roster and connected in our Facebook group and then you can join us for our next club ride!

Ride On!

Do it for someone you love!

It is that time again — time to place your order for the I Do It For Foundation “I Ride For ___” jersey and shorts. You can show your support for the foundation and more importantly for someone you wish to encourage by wearing the I Ride For ___ jersey in your next event or just anytime you ride. We have the custom order store open until October 26, 2015.

I Ride for Mike. Who do you ride for?

I Ride for Mike. Who do you ride for?

The jersey and shorts are high quality pieces by Starlight Apparel and were designed by Scottie Weiss. We were going for a classic look that is noticeable and yet useful. You’ll love the fit and the finish of this gear. You can also top it off with a wind vest for the cooler days.


Thank you for considering supporting the I Do It For Foundation in this way. The foundation has gone through some challenges over the last year and we have not been able to back as many campaigns as we would like. We would love to gear up to make the 2016 season our best. You can help by gearing up with the I Ride For ___ kit!

More Than Sport 112 mile charity ride on Zwift

I decided Friday evening to climb on my bike Saturday afternoon to ride 112 miles to raise $112 to go to More Than Sport. That doesn’t seem like much, but judging from all the other folks out there on Watopia island there were a number $112 donations coming in!


To see the details of the ride, you can check out the Stava activity report. Want to know why I did it? Why did I ride as “I Ride For Manish”? I share that in Saturday’s blog post.

Oh, and I did get one other achievement from the effort…


Now, who are you going to Do It For? IDoItFor.org

Commitment: Love the Work

A race report by Team Low Cadence member, Matt Jaeggli.

As the rain pours down and all but the most devoted stay indoors, we pull on extra clothing and submit into the deluge.” – Frank from Velominati

I’ve regained enough feeling in my fingers to type out the race report Jonathan asked of me. Here is a recap of Saturday’s Hincapie “Spring” Series Category 5 road race – the second race of my “career”.

La Bastide Finish Line

On Friday evening the forecast for Saturday morning’s 9am Cat 5 start time was looking to be cold and rainy. The conditions upon arrival at George Hincapie’s newly purchased La Bastide hotel fully lived up to the forecast. Rain was coming down steadily, making the 38 degree temp feel much colder. “This is Greenville, SC, not Ghent, Belgium”, I thought.

As I was sitting in my car steeling myself to “warm up”, the chief judge announced that the Cat 5 34- and 35+ fields would be combined and one lap would be taken off the women’s race. “Misery loves company,” as my friend Neil Browne likes to say when he shows up for our winter, Wednesday lunch rides over Paris Mountain. The Cat 5’s were slated to do 3 laps of an 8 miles course.

I Do It For Todd LurteyFor those of you who don’t know me, I’ve suffered from Crohn’s disease since middle school. Lately, my legs have been feeling like jello and my heart rate has been elevated. The fatigue was severe enough that I had my blood tested this week to check for low iron. Anyway, given my recent decline in fitness the plan for the day was to stay upright and not finish last.

Just before the start whistle blew, we were instructed to ride neutral for about 1.5 miles until we reached the turn onto Highway 11. As we descended Chinquapin Rd headed toward Highway 11, swearing could be heard above the rain. By the time we got onto Highway 11 I couldn’t feel my shift levers.

Our group was staying together pretty well considering the conditions. I tried to stay just off of center from the guy in front of me as that kept the road spray from his tires out of my mouth. Halfway through the first lap, after some rolling hills, we reached River Rd, which is a flat road (for Greenville) that runs alongside a golf course. Immediately after that turn folks on the front launched an attack. People everywhere, including myself, were shooting off the back.

The race became very strung out with several small groups of riders. Two guys broke away from the field on the 1.1 mile climb back up to La Bastide. They would stay away the rest of the race, culminating in a two man sprint and wheel-width victory by Chris Mathis. Chris has won a couple other of the Hincapie Spring Series races this season and is a very strong rider. Congratulations, Chris!

Back to my race. Someone pulled himself from the race on the first lap followed by similar complete disrespect of The Rules by a few more guys on the second lap. My goal for the next two laps was to try to beat at least one of the remaining riders to the line. The second lap was basically an individual time trial. At the beginning of the last lap I caught up with someone on the Greenville Spinners Race Team and we took turns sharing the work of bridging up to 3 others ahead. When we reached the final climb, we had closed the distance considerably, but not enough to pass them before the finish. About half-way up the hill I could hear his breathing get labored and I knew I would beat him to the line. Rounding the turn 200 meters from the uphill finish, I looked back to see I had put a lot of distance between him and me and was close to catching one of the guys we were chasing.

All-in-all, it was a good race. I kept the rubber side down and didn’t finish last. Never has a post-ride shower felt so good! And for all the talk of how bad the weather was, cyclists are masochists; deep down when you are suffering in inclement weather, you smile from ear to ear. Bring it, weather. Cycling in the worst weather is better than most everything else in the best conditions.