Hey Gang. I know it’s been a while, ok, a long while. It’s been almost exactly a year actually since last I blogged and you read. Sorry, but we’ve just been enjoying our new life. That sounds weird, but it’s true. For years I’ve been driven by a desire to do as much good for people no matter what. My amazing wife was very sick and selfishly I needed something for me to help check out I guess. I only see that now though. In the past year she has gotten her health back and I’ve gotten my partner back.
So for that past year (plus) I’ve been spending every second that I can with my wife Serbrina. That means not to much pedalin’, I had my lowest year ever in 2015, and not much other than just doing stuff with her. However my Mom still has MS, and there is still more work to do. It kind of worked out in my favor since my local Bike MS event essentially took off 2016. Up until now the events have been based out of Ventura, and the last two years ended up in Santa Barbara. In 2016 they announced that the event would now be earlier in the year, in March, and also in a new venue. Now my local event is super local! Like, local local! They’ve moved the SoCal Bike MS event to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena! Rad!
One other change they did was to make the event only one day. I see pros and cons of this but selfishly it works for me. See the prior October event was on the weekend of my Nephew’s birthday and the new event is on my wife’s birthday weekend. Damn! I guess I’ve got some bad scheduling luck. However, since it’s only one day I’ve managed to work it out with the wife. Part of that will be getting her on the bike and maybe even riding with me.
Ok, so here’s the deal. I’ll be updating with more info soon, but here is some starter info. There will be three routes. 30, 60 and 100 mile routes. They all start and finish at the Rose Bowl and basically head east and back. Adventurous riders will ride up Highway 39 to East Fork and then over to Glendora Mountain Road. That’s the one I’m looking at, but I’ll ride whatever Serbrina wants to ride. You can see the routes here. Come ride with me!
I’m working on new kits for 2017. These aren’t going to be your run of the mill super cool now kit. These are going to be different because our team is different. Our team is gonna be punk rock. More on that soon. This event is on our local roads now so let’s show our local flavor. For 2017 the team is called LA River Camp Coffee and I’d be super stoked if you’d consider joining me in this. The last team grew by leaps and bounds thanks to the LA Bike community and the crew from LA River Camp Coffee. I hope you’ll consider joining me again on the team and spending a day on our bikes. MS is a real pain in my ass and I’d like your help in fighting it. Click here to join team LA River Camp Coffee.
If’n you don’t want to ride with us but can donate to my ride than click here to support me. I appreciate each and every donation. I think this is gonna be a great year. Let’s do this!
I have a favor to ask of you. As you know I try and do as much do-goodery as I can for MS every year. This year I participated in not one, but two centuries for MS. One in Utah and one for my local chapter here in Los Angeles. Oh yeah, both on a fatbike! (Cool right?)
For my local ride here I am the captain of Team Frontage Roads. This year I alone raised $5843 and as a team we raised $9706!! Our team goal was $10,000 so we got really, really close. Here’s where you come in. I just found out that if we raise another $300 in the next few days and meet the goal of $10k our team will win our own tent for next year’s (October, 2015) ride. This tent will be placed at the finish of the Saturday ride and the start of the Sunday ride. This will give my mom, who has MS, as well as any of our supporting team members a place to hang out, relax, chat and cheer the riders on. It would mean a ton to me to get your support to put us over the top.
Here is the link to my donation page. All donations are tax-deductible and will also raise your do-goodery credits 400% for the year. That’s not too shabby.
Wanna cool shirt? How about buying a shirt that’s gonna do some good as a b-b-b-bonus? Well check these out. Kjeld of superdomestik.cc donated a few of his shirts and 100% of the sale of these shirts will go towards fighting MS and kicking it in the face! There are three shirt options. Grey with red logo, white with black logo and white with the rasta colors logo. All are printed on American Apparel shirts. Made In the US! There are only a limited amount and I’ve already sold out of a couple sizes. So act fast to get yours! And if you just wanna make a donation you can do that by clicking here.
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This coming October I will be participating in another BikeMS event to raise money to kick MS in the balls. People ask why I ride and I’ll tell you. My mom has MS, and my friend Aaron has MS. Those are two solid reasons right there. Two solid people that should not have to deal with this crap. So I pedal my bike, up and over hills, for many miles at a time, to raise money for these two important people.
This year I’m going to make it harder by riding my fatbike 100 miles on Saturday and 50 miles on Sunday. Yeah, that’s gonna tough, but it’s still easier than living with a chronic disease, no matter what it is. Riding a fatbike will hopefully get more people to pay attention to the ride, especially since it’s a hilly route. Anything helps right?
This year Team Frontage Roads has grown and we are up to seven members. We’ve more than doubled our team from last year and hopefully we can meet our goal of $10,000 this year. We’re doing great so far. Keep us going!
Please donate to this cause. It’s a good one. It’s a personal one that means a ton to me. I like to ride my bike, but if I can ride my bike and make a difference, well, that makes all the difference. When I’m out pedalin’ I want to make sure that it’s not for a selfish reason. I want to make the miles count. With your help we can make the miles count. Click here to donate!
What a trip! Not sure how to put it in words so I’m gonna let the pictures do the talkin’. Ok, here’s a few.
A few months ago Lee invited me to join his BikeMS team in Logan, Utah. He rode his BikeMS event on a fatbike last year and wanted to create a team of fatbikes to ride this year. I said yes right away, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. Team Beards and Gears ended up being 5 riders, 4 on fatbikes and all the fatbikes rode the Century. 100 miles on a fatbike!
Logan, Utah is far from me so I knew I was in for a road trip. Serbrina couldn’t make the trip due to work, so my Mom, who has MS, asked if she could join me for the trip. I warned her that I would be camping and sleeping in the truck but she was game. I can’t remember the last time I’d camped with my mom. I’m sure it was sometime back when I was in high school, maybe even earlier. So I was both nervous and excited. I have to say it was a trip of a lifetime. Spending 5 straight days with my Mom was something special. It felt like a gift to be able to take HER on a trip this time around. A trip full of memories for sure.
Special thanks to Lee, Tiffany, Kaitlin and Mike for their hospitality. Hope to pedal with you all again. I’m riding for BikeMS again in October. If you like what I’m doin’ please support my ride with a donation. It means a ton!