October 25, 2009
Last Sunday I did a ride down in Marin County California that raised money for the Marin County Day School. It was nice supporting kids along with getting out and doing a fun 50 mile loop with a lot of the local cyclists in the area. I’d say about 200 people came out in support of the school. After the 50 mile ride, we all met back up at the school and ate a really good catered lunch.
I guess I’m on the charity ride circuit right now because coming up in the next couple weeks are two other rides. On the first of November is the Team Swift Ride with Champions that I’ll participate in along with Scott Nydam and Brent Bookwalter, BMC Elite Cyclists. There is a fundraiser ride and silent auction supporting the junior team I grew up racing on Team Swift. I always look forward to coming out and supporting this ride along with getting my legs sore after being challenged by those youngster Team Swift racers. For more info on this ride and Team Swift, go to www.teamswift.org.
On November 8th, I will be at the NorCal Mountain Bike League’s fundraising ride along with my boss Vaughters and Lucas Euser as well. This ride helps raise money for the Northern California High School Mountain biking League which I raced in as well while in high school. For more info check out www.norcalmtb.org.
It feels great getting back to training again after my season came to an early stop this year at the end of the Tour of Missouri. I enjoyed an excellent few weeks off and I’m excited to get my mind back on cycling for the upcoming season.
Thanks for reading.
NorCal League CycleFest dinner in Mill Valley, California.
Vaughters speaking and fundraiser
Tickets are still available for the 2009 NorCal CycleFest, a fundraising event benefitting the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League, to be held in Mill Valley, California November 6 – 8.
“The sixth annual NorCal CycleFest is the main annual fundraiser for the League,” said Matt Fritzinger, founder of the NorCal League. “This year attendees will enjoy the vintage poster show, our line-up of speakers and the silent auction which provides a great win-win opportunity to support the League. This is a key developmental year for high school cycling, and we are really counting on the continued support of Bay Area cyclists.”
The event begins on Friday, November 6, with a cocktail reception from 6-10 pm presented by McGuire Real Estate, where Jonathan Vaughters, founder of the Garmin-Slipstream Professional cycling team, will chat and mingle with attendees.
Saturday evening, November 7, starting at 6 pm, is the main event: a gala dinner featuring a silent auction and vintage poster show, at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto. The stars of the silent auction are two offerings from Specialized Bicycle Components and a luxury guided mountain bike trip from Western Spirits.
Of the bicycles, one is a US$4,400 Specialized Roubaix PRO SRAM road bicycle; the other is a US$3,700 Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Expert specced with the Specialized AFR shock and Fox’s F120 RLC fork.
Other auction items include items donated by CamelBak, Fox Racing Shox, Ritchey Design, Syncros, and Shimano. Other dinner sponsors include Clif Bar, GU Energy Labs, NCNCA, Mike’s Bikes, Mountain Hardwear and Touchstone Climbing and Fitness.
Master of ceremonies for the evening is the well-known race commentator and freelance cycling journalist Bruce Hildenbrand, while CycleTo.com video journalist Bob Cullinan will interview Jonathan Vaughters. With this mix of personalities, the evening is sure to be filled with wry, humorous and intellectual takes on the contemporary cycling scene.
Sunday’s ride, supported by the Marin Cyclists, features Garmin-Slipstream pro riders Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza, who will be ready to discuss the 2010 Tour of California route and relate tales from the peloton during an easy 50-mile spin out to Point Reyes Station, which includes California Highway Patrol escort and a rest stop with food.
The 2009 NorCal League CycleFest schedule:
* Friday November 6: Cocktail reception with Jonathan Vaughters in Mill Valley
* Saturday, November 7: Benefit dinner, silent auction and vintage poster show, hosted by Jonathan Vaughters at the Mill Valley Community Center
* Sunday, November 8: Scenic road ride in Marin countryside with Garmin-Slipstream’s Jonathan Vaughters, Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza, both of whom raced for the NorCal League in high school.
Proceeds from the ticket sales support the Northern California High School Mountain Bike Racing League, so be sure to purchase one for your friend/spouse/partner too! Admission is US$150 (Regular), and $195 for Patron tickets tickets, which include a pre-dinner cocktail hour with Jonathan, preferred seating and special gifts. All tickets are available online at www.norcalmtb.org.