Last Saturday thirty-nine cyclists of the Ride Like A Girl Team gathered at each of the four starting lines: Portland, Newberg, Amity and Grand Rhonde, with a singular purpose: Reach the Beach! A long road with months of preparation and training: biking in spite of rain, learning to climb hills, facing ever-increasing and more challenging distances, monitoring food intake, gathering sponsors and managing a good dose of nervous anticipation. And in the end, they did fabulous! In celebration of both team and individual accomplishments, I offer the following Team Highlights and a collection of photos to give you a sense of just how big this day was.
- Two team members participated in spite of their current lung disease! Kathy and Linda know first hand how special this event is, given that they each battle lung disease. They set an amazing “keep fighting” example for the rest of us. We are so proud of you two girlfriends.
- Raising $8,585 we took 5th place in team fundraising for the American Lung Association so they can help others “Fight for Air”.
- Eric Weisenborn and Vest Henry were a dynamic duo of support. Riding half the speed they are capable of, they came alongside the team in weekly training rides with words of encouragement, tips, training and sweeping to ensure no one was left behind. Henry, fondly known as “The Elevator”, gives weary trainees a push up the hill; priceless and always just-in-time! We especially loved Eric’s lesson on using a stick to return a fallen chain to its rightful place: the chainring. You two have deservedly earned honorary girlfriend status in our books. Thank you for helping us get to both starting and finish lines!
- Three heroes volunteered to serve the team during the event with the primary purpose of offering support, encouragement and help wherever it was needed. Eric Weisenborn (above), Diana Koegler (below) and Sara Mees, you are our heroes!
The following images do not represent the entire team but will offer a snapshot of some of the wonderful personal best’s (PBs) and accomplishments achieved by many. Hover over each photo to reveal the accompanying caption or click to enlarge and see extended text.
A hearty congratulations to each and every team member who biked, 26, 55, 65, 80 or 100 miles. Thank you to all of you friends, family, neighbors and colleagues who supported us with generous donations. Together we made a significant contribution towards enabling the American Lung Association continue the “Fight for Air”.
Just wait till you see us next year!