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As the days pass and the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride gets closer, I can feel the momentum building within the team – and within me.  I can tell that the ride is starting to have the correct effect on me because of my maturing view of the ride.  This year’s event will be more meaningful than ever.

Last year I did have a desire to remember my friend Mike.  It was the first thing that moved me to attempt the ride.  However, another driving factor was simply the epic nature of the ride.  It was another one of those things that I could do to push myself on the bicycle.  It was another “notch in my belt”, so to speak.

This year as I draw near to the event, my mind spends much less time thinking about the actual riding and more than on the people for whom we are doing it.  This has been even more gripping in that we have lost two of our warriors within recent days.  It makes the ride seem so much more urgent.

The funny thing is that I almost feel as though somehow reaching Austin will bring an end to cancer.  It is as though we need to get on the road and make it to the finish line before someone else has to face the pain.  Of course, that isn’t how it works.  Yet, that is the spirit with which I find myself approaching these long hours in the saddle.

The desire to ride is driven by the hope that the money raised will be one of many drops in a bucket that will overflow and see a quenching of the fire – or at least a portion of the fire called cancer.  The more I think of that possibility, the more excited I become about the ride.  The more plans I finalize, the more I recall the awesome experience of lining up for the LiveSTRONG Challenge ride with so many survivors and warriors surrounding us.

I will remember those warriors we hoped would be with us and those who will.  One of those who will not be there was featured in a recent article in the Anderson Independent Mail.  I believe the article captured the spirit of our ride well.

— Cyclists participating in the Challenge to Conquer Cancer relay will honor a late Anderson man by taking his bike along with them on a trip to raise money for cancer research.

Scott Shuey, who died of lymphoma on Oct. 5, was a physical therapist for Shuey Physical Therapy in Anderson. His wife, Kim, said he had been looking forward to participating in the second annual relay, which begins on Oct. 18 and is sponsored by the Palmetto Peloton Project in Greenville.

Kim Shuey said her husband’s lymphoma was diagnosed on Sept. 11, 2008. She said that thinking about the gesture to take his bike along brings her to tears.  Read More…

Here is the update on my fundraising.  I am now up to $2100!  I am so appreciative of those who have given — especially Lora McCaskill, the wife and best friend of my buddy Mike.  I’m not only riding for him.  I’m riding for her and little Grace.

Here’s hoping this ride as it begins and finishes will be part of the momentum to a new phase of success in fighting this disease.


One of the incredible things I benefited from by participating in last year’s Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride was to hear the stories of many surviors who have fought cancer and won.  It was also an exercise of my compassion as we would stop at various restaurants and gas stations along the way and have total strangers open up to their own battles once they learned of our mission.  Certainly, while we ride there are people on our hearts for whom we ride.

One of those warriors we as a group had decided to encourage was Scott Shuey.  It looked early on as though Scott would be able to join us on our trip to Texas.  His CaringBridge site was even entitled ScottStrong – a play off the LiveStrong name.  However, it was not to be and Scott was fighting for his life these last months.

Today we learned that Scott passed away.  I received the following email from our leader, Ron.  I never met Scott in person – only through the Internet.  Still my heart aches this morning for his family.

Scott passed away peacefully this morning at 2:15 with his wife and mom by his side in his home.  Scott was able to go to Kentucky over the weekend and be the best man in his brother’s wedding.  It was such a happy weekend for him and his family.  Please continue to pray for his family during this very difficult time.

ScottStrong – This ride is for you.

It seems that the number grows each day of those I learn who are fighting this disease.  Kim, Juanita, and more…  Certainly this is a battle worth us joining to fight… and so, I ride for Mike, and Scott, and Kim, and Jennifer, and Tim…

Riding for Mike and more

Cancer wasn’t something that touched my life very specifically growing up.  For the most part, my extended family was free of the disease.  None of my immediate family members had to face it.  It was something that happened to people farther outside my sphere of relationships.

Then, in 2006 that changed.  My friend, Mike McCaskill – who was a decade younger than I, was diagnosed with a brain cancer.  My bubble of immunity was shattered.

Mike’s friends joined in the battle with him.  My part was to determine to engage in a charity ride in his honor.  My plan was to raise money for the fight and then present him with a special jersey I had made.  It was my hope to be an encouragement and do something substantive at the same time.

I never had a chance to present the jersey.  Mike died before I participated in the 2007 ride.  My participation in that Palmetto Peloton Project ride was in Mike’s memory – not to honor his continuing fight.

It was at that time I determined to attempt a significant charity ride in memory of Mike each year.  That led me to participate in the first ever Palmetto Peloton Project Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride in 2008.  It was my way to keep Mike’s memory alive and keep me motivated to be aware of others who are fighting against this killer called cancer.

Since that time, I have come upon many other friends – and now extended family members – who have been pulled into this fight they did not choose.  My fund raising alone  probably has done very little to help them.  However, participating in the Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride has changed forever the way I see cancer and those fighting it.

My short ride across the country is an insufficient way to show my love and concern for those friends and family members facing these battles – or living each day supporting a warrior or missing a loved one whose battle has ended.  I ride for Mike… and so much more.  www.rideformike.com

3 days left to help me raise $5000.
$1185 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to my fight today!

Hey, Mr. Spandex Man!

Last night I met for our last formal meeting before the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer teams head out on October 18 to ride from Greenville, South Carolina to Austin, Texas where we will participate in the LiveSTRONG Challenge there.  It was a good meeting and I’m starting to feel a bit more excitement about the trip.  It brought back some good memories of last year… I’m ready to make some more.

Ron (our fearless organizer) handed me my jerseys that I will be wearing during the ride.  A couple of t-shirts were included along with some arm warmers and a windbreaker vest.  Laying it all out on my bed brought a radio show I heard recently to my mind.

It was a conversation between some morning show guys about cyclists.  They were mentioning the normal complaints about cyclists.  Then they started going off on cyclists about what we wear.

Their impression is that we wear our spandex outfits because we want people to see how “fit” we are.  In their words, “Okay, I get it.  You’re more in shape than I am.  But why do you have to wear all that spandex? Why can’t you just wear regular clothes?  You don’t have to look like a racer.”

5 days left to help me raise $5000.
$1135 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to my fight today!

Well, for those of you who do not ride – or only ride on your cruiser, etc., let me explain to you why we wear what we wear.  We’ll start with the shorts.  We don’t wear them to show off our legs.  At least I don’t!  Here are some of the main purposes behind them.

1) The most important part of the shorts is the chammie.  This is a pad made into the shorts that protects your more sensitive areas.  Unlike your typical shorts, there are no seams in that area.  Riding in typical shorts would be extremely uncomfortable on a road bike!  Chaffing, loss of circulation, and blisters would be the result of “wearing regular clothes.”

2) I mentioned there are no seams on the shorts.  Actually, there are, but they are strategically placed so as not to cut into your skin or rub in areas that have lots of movement.  The compression aspect of the spandex also helps with circulation.

3) We don’t like to think of crashing, but it does happen.  It is more likely to happen with racers, but recreational cyclists are not immune to a fall here or there.  Cycling gear helps protect the skin by serving as a second skin as you are sliding across the pavement.  Regular shorts would just slide up exposing more raw flesh for destruction!

What about those jerseys?  Well, for a recreational cyclist it is true a cycling jersey would not be as needful as the shorts, but there are a couple good reasons for them that I would like to mention.  Also, many times they have another sentimental purpose as well.

1) Most cycling jerseys are cut specifically for the positions you hold while riding a road bike.  They are also form fitting.  Go 20 mph down a road with a loose t-shirt on and you will find that doing so for any amount of time will start to beat you up.  The flapping can become quite uncomfortable.  Not to mention the chaffing in some sensitive chest areas!

2) One of the main reasons I use a cycling jersey is for the pockets.  One of the down sides to the shorts is they don’t have pockets — not that you would want something heavy knocking around on your legs while you ride!  A good cycling jersey will have three expandable pockets on the back lower portion.  It is amazing how much you can stuff in there!

3) Many times cycling jerseys represent something important to the rider.  Take my P3C3 jersey that I received last night.  It represents something important to me.  I also treasure my Assault on Mount Mitchell jersey and some of the charity ride jerseys I have.  You probably have that favorite t-shirt.  Well, cyclist often have that jersey.

It is true that some of us ride around in true racing kits.  These are normally outfits where the shorts and jerseys match with logos of sponsors all over them.  I wear my POA Cycling Team kit – or uniform – every time I am on the bike.  It isn’t because I am trying to show off that I am a big time racer either.

Most teams have rules that you are supposed to wear the kit while on the bike.  This is for the purpose of honoring the arrangement with the sponsors who help us enjoy our habit.  Sure, we’re rolling billboards, but it is worth it as a way to show thanks to those supporting us — especially when our kits are as cool as the POA Cycling Team ones!

What can get kind of messy is when you have two competing purposes.  Until the final race of the year, I’m wearing the POA kit… even when doing P3C3 events.  Then when I’m done, I’ll shift over to the P3C3 jersey.  Once I’m back from Austin… I don’t know… maybe I’ll get one of those black and yellow LiveSTRONG kits.

6 more days to reach our goal

No article for today. Just another request asking for your help as I seek to raise $5000 for the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Cancer to Conquer Cancer ride from Greenville, South Carolina to Austin, Texas. It is all a part of the LiveSTRONG Challenge. Thank you to Michael Reem who gave to the project just yesterday.

I only have six more days before my October 1st deadline.  Got a good amount yet to go!  Your help would be greatly appreciated.  It is very easy.  Just go to the donation page and choose “Jonathan Pait” from the rider list.

6 days left to help me raise $5000.
$1135 raised so far to fight cancer.
Give to my fight today!

I’m not sure if I can adequately express how much I would appreciate your support. Of course, I’m committed to meeting the goal regardless. The ride will go on.

If you enjoy LowCadence.com, join my fight

NOTE: This is an archived article from September, 2009. I appreciate all that gave to this endeavor, but realize that the links, etc. are out of date.

There are less than thirty days before the Palmetto Peloton Project Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride leaves from Greenvile, SC to Austin, TX.  I agreed to go on the ride soon after finishing last year’s first ever attempt for the project.  It was a wonderful experience, but I have to admit that my focus has been on other things.

Well, I’m having to do some thinking about it now!  Last year I was pretty nervous about participating because I didn’t know what to expect.  Most likely, I was over prepared.

This year, I know what to expect, and I’m starting to get nervous again!  I don’t believe I have prepared nearly enough.  Now, that doesn’t mean I think I can’t make it.  What it does mean is that I realize that it could be pretty painful.

Check out the website for my ride – RideForMike.com.  You can also learn more about the P3C3 organized ride at P3Ride.org.  The Palmetto Peloton Project has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight cancer.  I’m glad to be a part of it.

I do need your help.  I have set October 1st as the deadline for raising the funds necessary to meet the required fund raising goal.  Please, consider giving to this worthy project.

Join the Fight!

Join the Fight!

You can also give directly through the P3C3 donation page.  Any other means of donation would also be appreciated.  Just contact me at jonathan@pait.org.

Join me at the Wall of Love

With the Assault on Mount Mitchell over, I can turn my attention to my next big endurance challenge.  Only this time the challenge tests more than just my physical endurance.  It will also test my faith in seeing something monumental accomplished.

If you are a regular reader of LowCadence.com, I ask you to please take a moment and consider this post.  What I am going to ask of you is a tangible way to give me some encouragement while at the same time accomplishing two other more important things – 1) show your respect for a friend or relative fighting cancer, and 2) join their fight by donating toward causes that seek a cure and offer support.

Once again I will be taking part in the Challenge to Conquer Cancer Ride in memory of my friend Michael McCaskill who passed away in 2007.  The headquarters for my participation in the ride is the site RideForMike.com.  My hope is that 500 other people will join me in adding names to the Wall of Love.

I am asking you to join me be giving at least $10 to the cause.  For each $10 you give, you can place the name of an individual you wish to honor or memorialize on the wall.  Every name that appears on the Wall of Love will also go with us on our 1400 mile trip from Greenville, SC to Austin, TX.  Each image you see on this digital wall represents a car magnet that will be placed on our support vehicles.

Join the Fight!

Join the Fight!

500 of those will turn a minivan yellow!  Just click on the image above or go to RideForMike.com.  You can also follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to the P3Ride.org donation page and designate your support to rider Jonathan Pait
  2. Contact me at jpait@me.com with the amount you designated and the name(s) you wish to appear on the wall
  3. Check back to the Wall of Love after 24 hours and see your names listed

Right now we are at $250.  Only $4750 to go!  I’ll need your help to make it happen.  Join me at the Wall of Love today.