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Now is the time to get your I Ride For jersey

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The store is still open for you to place your order for the I Ride For ___ jersey and shorts. If we are able to get enough orders sooner than the deadline, we will go ahead and start the order before the May 31 deadline. We will then reopen the store with a deadline further out. So, if you want to have your kit sooner than later… now is the time to act!

We are not seeking to make any money off of these items. We are making them available for what it cost us. We simply want to make them available so that the message of the I Do It For Foundation can get out. That message? We want to empower passionate people to make a personal difference through fundraising.

It has always been our desire to make this about more than money. Yes, fundraising helps to meet the needs, but that show of support by placing on your jersey the name of someone who inspires you to act goes a long way to providing needed emotional support as well.

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That is why the I Ride For ____ jersey has a blank. You can show your support for someone you love or desire to encourage each time you ride your bicycle. Some folks write in a name while others have the name professionally sublimated. Either way, it is a great way to show you care by putting the name right by your heart.

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There is also a location on the back of the jersey for you to place the name of your Inspiration. Of course, the foundation itself was inspired by the life of Michael T. McCaskill and the organization moves forward to help perpetuate his memory. It is his inspiration that makes me wear I Ride for Mike.

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Who do you ride for? Why not let others know about that Inspiration? Why not encourage them each time you wear this gear?

Of course, we also invite you to check out the I Do It For Foundation. If you are considering a GoFundMe or other crowdsourcing mechanism, take a look at IDoItFor.org. Yes, we ask a little more of our Doers, but we also provide our service with no expenses so that 100% of what is raised goes to the need.

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!

Another step toward reality

Sometimes all of the plans for the I Do It For Foundation seem like a dream. There is a lot of planning and conversations going on. However, we’re not to the stage where there are many tangible manifestations of all of the talk and strategy. Then you have something that comes along to encourage you that those things are just around the corner.

I Ride For jersey without nameI just got the mockup of the I Ride For ___ jersey. I like the classic lines and most of all I like the message. These jersey’s will be a key component of the promotion of the individual/group events used to raise funds for and show support for people in need of it.

While the colors may not be exact on this mock up (the grey will be a bit darker on the top) the design is what we will be going with. The bold orange bars fit with our I Do It For Foundation logo which appears on the right sleeve and back center pocket panel. The background of the lower part of the jersey contains the statement, “I am not a ribbon, a color, or a disease. I am a person. I have a name.”

That statement encapsulates what we are trying to do with the foundation. We want to draw attention to and show support for the individuals who are the faces of many of the diseases and trials that we so want to eradicate in our world. Someday we may knock out a few of those evils, but until then we want to lift up those affected by them.

Of course, all of this is personal. If you are reading this, you know of someone near to you who is currently going through a trial. Perhaps it is cancer. Maybe it is some other physical limitation. It could be a family that has had a financial setback due to a natural disaster. We want you to take these tools and “Do It For Someone You love”.

I Ride For jersey with nameSo, how do you take this jersey — and other promotional items — and make it personal? Well, you fill in the blank… literally. You fill in the blank. This apparel is designed for you to put in the name of the person you wish to lift up with your actions.

We will be making available (for the purpose of raising funds) these jerseys and other personalized materials. There will be several options for the personalization. Depending on the event we will 1) be able to have the jerseys run with a name as part of the original design, 2) use an overlay printing and/or 3) allow users to write in the name using a painting marker.

This is one of the challenges we are facing with this personalization concept. It is hard to operate at a high volume (which keeps cost down) and still maintain the personalized nature. As the foundation grows and we are able to bring on more support, I hope to be able to innovate in this regard.

Regardless, we are not going to allow these challenges to hold us back. We will go forward with what we are able to accomplish and trust God to direct us to the people and knowledge to wisely use the funds we have while still giving a personalized level of attention to those we are trying to serve.

So, make your plans to be one of the first to get your I Ride For ___ jersey or t-shirt, or tri top, or running jersey, or… Well, you get the idea. That is when all of this starts becoming a reality. It is just around the corner.

Low Cadence kits now available!

New Low Cadence cycling kits are now available! For a gift of $150 you will receive a jersey and bib shorts. A single jersey will be $75. 100% of all donations given go to the Michael T. McCaskill Memorial scholarship fund. The premiums are my gifts to you for your generosity.

We will place the order as soon as a minimum is met. To assure that you receive your order in a timely manner, please place your donation before June 28, 2010. We will run another order if needed after that date, but we cannot guarantee the arrival of the items before the event.

The kits are a race cut. This is a tighter fitting garment. The following charts are meant as an aid in helping you determine which size will best fit you. Click on each chart to enlarge it (It will open a new window). Please include the size you would like when placing your order.

Men’s Jersey and Bib Shorts:

Women’s Jersey and Bib Shorts:

Remember, here is how you order:

  1. Go to the following secure site: https://protect.bju.edu/bju/giving/
  2. Choose as your Designation: Demonstrative Need Scholarship Fund
  3. In the Gift Instructions area enter: Ride for Mike (It is important to note this)
  4. IMPORTANT NOTE: Indicate the number kits requested along with gender and size for each. Any special instructions (such as a different shipping address) should also go here.

  5. Submit the form and your gift will be processed.

I need your help choosing a jersey

Don’t have much to post about today. I’m going through a rest period and I’ve also been feeling a little flat. Saturday’s ride was good. Tonight should be fun out at the Tuesday Night World Championships. I really think I need to get to the coming Saturday when I’ll put my race wheels back on and get with it!

Things have slowed down a bit with the 2010 Ride For Mike as well. Much of that has to do with me feeling a bit flat. I’ve been going on such a high with the plans for the event that I knew I would have to come down at some point! However, I did get a some more jersey designs. It is neat to see them, but I would be more excited to see them delivered to Hincapie Sportswear and this long awaited process get underway!

You can help by telling me which design you like the most:

Original LowCadence Jersey Design

Original LowCadence Jersey Design (click to enlarge)

This is the original design – with a slight change in the location of the sponsor logos on the back. We’re going to need to find a way to enlarge those logos in order to better expose the sponsors. Do you like this one, or would you prefer one of the next two options?

Jersey Option Number Two

Jersey Option Number Two (click to enlarge)

The Beautiful Redhead really likes this one. She thinks the addition of the white helps the design “pop” a little more and also gives a better contrast for some of the logos. I’m thinking it might also be a good way to work out the logo problem. We could have one sponsor logo on the front and remove it from the back and then spread the three remaining logos across the pockets. Hmmmmm… any other ideas?

The Third Jersey Option

The Third Jersey Option (click to enlarge)

The third one expands the white portions introduced in the second option. It would make the adjustment of the logos a little harder, but it does give the jersey a little more “motion.”  So, what do you think? One, Two, or Three?

When aggressive becomes courageous

I was looking at the new jeresys for the Tour of California. There was one missing — the one awarded to the Most Aggressive Rider. In its place was the Most Courageous Rider jersey.

Not having heard of that before, I tried to find out what was going on. The Tour of California says they will announce more information about the jersey this week. So, I guess it is possible that by the time you read this my mystery will be solved.

Most Courageous Rider Jersey

Most Courageous Rider Jersey

The Most Aggressive Rider jersey goes to that rider who perhaps launches multiple attacks or goes off on some solo breakaway that comes close to succeeding. It isn’t normally the winner of a stage or race.

Why change the name for the Tour of California to Most Courageous Rider? Perhaps there are some clues in the jersey itself. You will see that it is sponsored by the Breakaway from Cancer foundation. All the other jerseys feature the Amgen logo prominently. This one features the Breakaway logo.

Plans probably are to use the jersey as a way to promote the fight againt cancer (during the return of Lance Armstrong) and draw attention to the cancer foundation. By the way, George Hincapie is a supporter of the foundation and will be participating in a fund raising event for the organization in San Fransico on February 8. If you are in the area, why not join him?

Well, one word a cancer patient does not want to hear is “aggressive.” The word is typically used to describe a type of cancer that is spreading quickly. On the other hand, “courageous” is a word that well describes a person who has survived or is fighting against cancer.

This would appear to be an attempt to have the name of the jersey be consistent with the people it is being used to signify and support. That would work for me. I like that better than Most Combative Rider jersey as it is sometimes called. I always get the picture of a cyclist bulling his way through the peloton when I hear that one.

There are now only 16 days until someone will have a chance to slide his arms into that green jersey. It is starting to look as though the ToC is going to be a big deal this year. I’m looking forward to it.

Update: From the tangled web of the Internet, I learn that my conjecture is correct.