Ride Ataxia

Dear Illinois Valley Wheelmen,

I’m helping to coordinate a charity cycling event that benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). With your organization’s support of attending our charity bike ride, you can help bring people living with FA closer to treatments and a cure.

Event: rideATAXIA Chicago

Date: Sunday, July 24th

For: Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). A non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to cure Friedreich’s Ataxia, a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuromuscular disorder with no treatment or cure. Ride Ataxia is currently the biggest fundraiser for FARA.

Location: Channahon Central Park – Channahon, IL

Website: rideATAXIA.org/chicago

Brief Description: 4, 12, 27, and 50 mile road route options. Fully stocked rest stops, strong SAG support, and delicious post ride food prepared by Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Carrabba’s. Fundraising benefits the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Fundraising not required but strongly encouraged. For details including route maps and registration visit: rideATAXIA.org/chicago

Registration Fee: $45 Regular Priced Cyclist (No Fundraising Minimum) or $25 Reduced Price Cyclist (With $200 Fundraising Minimum); increases by $5 after 6/24/2016 and $10 for same day registration. Includes ride, Lunch, and event t-shirt.

Friedreich’s ataxia (FA) is a debilitating multi-system disease and the most common type of inherited ataxia. 1 in 100 people are carriers of the FA gene. What begins as difficulty with balance and coordination progresses over a short period of time to a life altering loss of mobility, energy, speech and hearing, robbing children and young adults of the ability to live active lives. FA also presents serious risk of diabetes and life shortening cardiac disease. As of today, there is no treatment or cure. Fundraising to support FA research is strongly encouraged, but not required.

I am 20 years old and a sophomore at the University of Illinois. I was diagnosed with FA 8 years ago. I will be riding my recumbent bike 12 miles in this years ride. We have THE best post ride food. Come on out and be a part of the cure!
I sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Emily Young

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A Bike Peoria Event:

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Details on Tom & Fred’s Thursday morning ride on May 5

Leader: George Parsons

Starting Location: Tremont Swimming Pool, TremontIllinois  (Directions to Tremont Swimming Pool

Start Time9:00 AM. Please be ready to ride at 9AM

Starting Date: May 5

Planned Distance: 25-35 miles depending upon weather.

Ride Level: Level II. This is a no drop group ride. We will regroup frequently and nobody will be left behind.

Leader Phone309-824-5154

Leader E-MailGeorgeParsons@hotmail.com

Ride cancellation via: If the ride is cancelled, Tom Dorigatti will  notify those on the e-mail listing via e-mail. There is no way to get cancellation notice onto the web-site fast enough. Tom will try to get ride cancellation out by 7:30AM on Thursday morning. If things are really not looking good, I’ll send a notice on Wednesday evening.

Ride Notes:

George has a new route worked out that should be fun and depart from the norm.

Planning on at least one Casey’s stop and lunch near the end of the ride at the new restaurant just East of Tremont.

 

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Ride of Silence, May 18th

Updated information is available for this ride here.

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National Bike Challenge

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As a club, Fai is leveraging this service to track mileage for the end of year awards. Seamless syncing with many tracking services. Read more here.

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Cycle Classic Tours

We get mail. Here is an offer of commercial European tours.

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M & M Vineyard Bike Tour

June 11, 2016 at The Mackinaw Valley Winery, METEC will be having their annual fundraiser, M & M Vineyard Tour. 5, 15, 40 and 62 (100k) mile bike tour that starts at 6:30 AM. Lots of hills and flats. Riders have the option to participate in brunch, wine tour and tasting. New this year is the beer tasting. To register go to our website page: www.metecresourcecenter.com. Come to ride or eat or to ride and eat and listen to Dexter and the Funk Yard Band.

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Save the Date: No Baloney, August 27th, 2016

I have had more that one contact asking when this year’s ride will be held. See title. I have it on our club calendar as well — stay tuned for details.

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The Free Rider Myth – Who Really Pays for the Roads?

I joined Bike Illinois this year, and I have been impressed with some of their literature. The link below points to one of their articles.

Have you ever been harassed by a motorist claiming that, as a cyclist, you don’t pay for the roads? As it turns out, they don’t pay for them either. Read more here.

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Cycling Tuscany

We get mail…

Dear Club Members,

We would like to introduce Cycling Tuscany on the Road to you. This is a fresh cycle tour agency aimed at those who want to enjoy the pleasures of Tuscany on a bike and at the same time being immersed in the culture and flavours of a beautiful region at an affordable price.

Our tours are ideal for the recreational/touring cyclist. We hope you take the time to go to our site www.cyclingtuscany.co.uk and discover for yourself a choice of amazing cycling holiday experiences in this beautiful area of Tuscany.

Would it be possible for you to add this email to your club site or Facebook page?

Many thanks and kind regards,
Derek and Luca

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