“Without you, We go Nowhere” and the Tour de Grandview

12 06 2009

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These last couple of images were sent to me via Megan Lynch and I want to again thank everyone who came out to support Audra and I in our attempts to get the word out about the ALSTDI Tri State Trek next month.  I’m signed up to ride for the 3rd year and I’m proud to have secured the 173 # to represent the 173rd Airbourne unit that my dad served with in Vietnam.  His 173rd Ohio chapter has been a wonderful supporter of my efforts and I’ve made sure to try an honor them at every turn as they honor my Father and my Mother with their support.  My mom’s work with the local VFW was also a sign of her commitment to supporting my dad’s military involvement and she would want that legacy of support to continue. 
In light of that, I have also added a link at the bottom of the tag roll on the main page to “wounded warrior project” that goes to try and support returning veterans. I was turned on to this by a local cyclist and wounded bike warrior who was training and who just happened to be taking a break out in front of Staufs.  I will be wearing the socks from the sock guy, supporting the “wounded warrior” cause, on the Tri State Trek this year to remind everyone of the many sacrifices that are made for others.  I hope they can heal and recover their lives too.
In just a few weeks, the alswarrior will ride again in another “without you, we go nowhere” stationary ride at the Tour de Grandview.  Staufs, Jeni’s Ice cream (and her cycling team), Casey (B1 Bicycles), Roll:, the Trek Store, the coordinators of the Tour de Grandview, and myself are all going to try to do our best to deck out Grandview for the annual race.  There will be a bike to raffle, water bottles, and other gear to hand out to the fans and Staufs will be dressed up to resemble the days of old, to honor Stuart Depp, and to make a haven for the the cyclists.  Please come out and support the event, get your toddy on, get some gear, spread some cheer, and enjoy the weekend festivities. 
I will be riding on that Sunday and handing out fliers and info on the Tri State Trek, the Iron Horse Challenge, the Walk to Defeat ALS, and the acts of groups like the Central and Southern Ohio ALSA chapter, the ALSTDI, and the John Blazeman Foundation.  I dearly would love your support in my fundraising attempts for the Trek next month. 
There is a link to the fund raising site to the right of the post as well as a separate page.  Your visits to these pages is important and lets me know that people are viewing them and possibly passing the information on. 
Below there are more details about the Tour de Grandview and there is a link to the event also to the right.
Lets make this a great event and offer new hope to our community that such events can bring us together in action, hope, and joy.
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Ohio’s Premier Cycling Event
The Tour de Grandview Cycling Classic attracts an international field of more than 100 professional cyclists to central Ohio each year, as well as cycling enthusiasts and spectators from throughout the Midwest. Celebrating its 16th year in 2008, the Tour is organized by the non-profit Grandview Community Association with the support of the City of Grandview Heights and a host of local volunteers and roll_green_header_acorporate sponsors.

A favorite stop for top cyclists from the U.S. and around the world, the Tour features two days of world-class bicycle racing through the streets of suburban Grandview, as well as a number of events and activities for spectators and cyclists alike.

Among the events scheduled for this year’s race are a cocktail reception on Friday night, June 27th; a Kids’ Sprints competition and criterium races on Saturday afternoon, June 28th; a Saturday night street party with food, drinks, live entertainment and children’s activities; and Ohio Cycling Association Ohio Cup Series Criterium races on Sunday afternoon, June 29th.

The races feature both men and women cyclists in multiple professional categories. The two criterium courses cover a number of the hilly, tree-lined streets on either side of Grandview Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare. The event also spawns an enjoyable collection of yard parties, neighborhood gatherings and family reunions that give the races a fun and festive feel.

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