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Monday, December 31, 2007

It's the End of the Year:Totals

Well, we had a banner year with Spinner Saturday, I must say. We had originally set a goal of 50,000, then upped it to 80,000, and then 100,000 miles for the group for the year. We almost made the 100K!

Personal totals:
Tom Stormcrowe totals Average
Jan 186
Feb 230
Mar 524
Apr 365.76
May 454
Jun 619
Jul 530
Aug 676
Sep 75
Oct 142.2
Nov 604.3
Dec 355
Total 4761.26 Average 396.771666666667

Group Totals
997,006 miles by bicycle!***
There were a couple of late reporters, so I had to edit the total

Other News

I got several very nice items for Christmas, and enjoyed the last ride of the year on my bike yesterday. The weather today was too cold and tonight, it's going to be too bad for me to ride across midnight.

Items I got:

An Oregon Scientific ATC2K Action Camera. I got my first video up yesterday from it. It's pretty cool! I need to find a better mounting spot than the end of my aerobars though.

Video here

and some stills of me on the bike with the aerobars


Photography E. Leonard

So, on to a Happy and Prosperous 2008. Keep pedaling and stay alive!

Friday, December 28, 2007

Only a few days left of 2007! Get your donation in to take advantage of the deduction!

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Riding for a cure!

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Mr. Tom Leonard

90 percent of goal achieved.

Goal: $800.00
Achieved: $720.00

Support Me in Tour de Cure!

I'll be riding 100 miles doing laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Tour de Cure. I am diabetic myself and so is my wife. This is a cause that directly affects my life. I was morbidly obese and wheelchair bound in March, 2005. Since then I have lost 362 pounds and my diabetes is in remission and controlled through diet and exercise. Others haven't had my good fortune though and are still dependent on medication to stay alive. Let's got pedaling down that road to a cure!

Help Make a Difference!

Pedal power works!

Each mile I ride, each dollar I raise will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

No matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the lives of more than 20 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, in the hope that future generations can live in a world without this disease. Together, we can all make a difference!

Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me!

I just bumped the goal by $100

Each time I hit this goal, I'll continue to bump it again, as necessary. Let's see how far we can push that total up.

Sign up to ride the event while you're at it! Team Stormcrowe needs riders as well as donors! You don't have to ride 100 miles like I'm planning to, there are plenty of other events to go for, like the 50K and 75 k events, or the family ride on the track!

I'd also like to thank my friends over at Bike Forums for their generosity.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Local News: Mountain Bike Trail Advocacy in Tippecanoe County

Here in Lafayette and West Lafayette, we have only two trails to ride Mountain Bikes on. Murdock Park, which is an "Unofficial" trail, and McCormick Woods, which is owned by Purdue University. Now, I ride skinny tire road bikes, so you might wonder why I even care.

I care because I support cycling and any effort to improve cycling for our riders in Tippecanoe County. Down at Hodson's Bay, one of the Local Bike Shops in Tippecanoe County, there is a sign up sheet/petition to the local governmental bodies such as the County Parks Dept. Drop in and sign this, and show the County Parks Dept that mountain biking is more than just kids, and that we take care of the trails we ride. Sign up for trail maintenance as well, make a commitment to improving existing trails as well as building new ones, as we get them authorized.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

well, I was released to ride, but:

The weather isn't being really cooperative! I no longer have a fat tire bike, it has moved on to another home. I never rode it and nothing worse than a bike that just sits around doing nothing. I was going to ship it to my brother, but it was going to cost almost $600.00 to ship it overseas to SE Asia! It wasn't an expensive bike, only a Royce Union, so shipping a bike worth $25-$50.00 would have been ridiculous!

Well, here are some weather shots from tonight. It's a wee bit on the nasty side. It's just a bit on the snowy side. No riding for me, and it figures.....I was just released to ride! Stuck on the trainer, I guess! We have about 8" on the ground right now, give or take, and are expecting probably another 4-6". If we get it, there'll be over a foot of snow on the ground and the wind is going to be whipping up to around 30-40 mph tomorrow. Snowdrift city!

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Look at that snow in the air!

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Slowly getting buried

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

As you can see, I have a good reason to ride the trainer! What kind of trainer do I use, you ask? Well, the answer is easy: The Kurt Kinetic Road Machine Fluid trainer! Quiet, reliable and gives a great workout!

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Saturday, December 08, 2007

I Miss Cycling!

What with my injury, and all, I can't ride right now, or lift weights, either! I'm in full blown Cycling Withdrawal! On another note, sorry about the lack of articles or writing, it's been a busy semester! One week to go and it's Christmas Break!

On a better note: I have a Dr appointment next week and I'm going to talk to him about some limited riding on the trainer, presuming my butt will stand it. I have to do something! Maybe I'll steal my wife's recumbent trike for a bit, no pressure in sensitive areas........

News Release
Adventure Cycling Releases 2008 Tour Lineup


Missoula, Mont.—Adventure Cycling Association, North America's largest bicycle travel organization, has unveiled its schedule of guided group rides for 2008. With 36 distinct tours and events, along with seven education courses, it is the most comprehensive ride roster in the organization's 32-year history.

"The hallmarks of Adventure Cycling rides are our seasoned leaders, affordable prices, and relatively small group sizes," said tours director Rod Kramer. "Beyond that, the rides take place in a wide array of formats, spectacular places, and seasons.

"We're particularly excited to be offering a greater number of early season rides than ever before," Kramer said. "These include the weeklong California ‘Winter Warmer' event ride beginning in San Diego on February 16, another weeklong ride in southern Arizona beginning March 8, and a self-contained tour across the country on the Southern Tier beginning March 22. Come April, we'll also be running weeklong event rides in Virginia and the Texas Hill Country."

Each of Adventure Cycling's 36 tours falls into one of two categories of travel, explained tours team leader John Weyhrich: either self-contained or supported. Each category offers a wide variety of great variation in locations, durations, riding surfaces, and more.

"For instance," Weyhrich said, "our self-contained trips include rides as relatively tame as a 10-day spin through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and as wild and wooly as our 10th edition Great Divide expedition." This 82-day adventure follows dirt roads from Banff, Alberta, to the Mexico border through some of the most remote and magnificent landscapes in the West. The Great Divide route, developed by Adventure Cycling in the 1990s, is considered the longest mountain bike route in the world at just over 2,700 miles.

"The supported tours also provide an incredible amount of variety," Weyhrich added. "Several of them — Cycle Utah and the Sierra Sampler, for instance — are weeklong event rides serving from 40 to as many as 120 cyclists. Others offer a more personalized level of service and are limited to just 14 participants — notably, the 15-day Great Parks South trip and our first-ever van-supported, 76-day ride across the country on the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. That tour will give seasoned cyclists a chance to cross the U.S. without having to haul anything but their bikes and their bodies."

Finally, Adventure Cycling's education courses are aimed at two categories of riders: those wishing to learn the ins and outs of bicycle travel, and those who want to lead tours for groups of adults or young people. Of special note is the first-ever Pedal Pioneers training to help youth group leaders develop tours for youth in the middle-school and high school age ranges. The course will be based on the acclaimed curriculum developed by Adventure Cycling in 2006 (available at www.adventurecycling.org/outreach/pedalpioneers.cfm).

To learn more about these courses and all of Adventure Cycling's tours and events, visit www.adventurecycling.org/tours or call or email to request a copy of the 2008 tours catalog. The Tours Department can be reached at 800/755-2453 x3 or tours@adventurecycling.org.

Adventure Cycling Association is the largest bicycle membership organization in North America, with more than 42,500 members. Its mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle. The nonprofit organization researches routes and creates maps for cycling in North America and publishes the best bicycle travel information available, including Adventure Cyclist magazine and The Cyclists' Yellow Pages.

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