"Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world." -- Grant Petersen
Some inspiration courtesy Adventure Cycling Bike Bits:
"A TALE OF TRAGEDY AND TRIUMPH Noel Pederson wrote Bike Bits with this inspirational tale: "In 2007, something went terribly wrong with Mark Stephan's bike during a weekend bike ride. His front wheel unexpectedly disengaged from the bicycle, catapulting Mark over the handlebars and onto the ground, paralyzing him from the neck down. The accident left him a quadriplegic, and doctors were blunt: life in a wheelchair was the best he could expect. Shattering all expectations, Mark left the hospital less than five months after his accident -- walking under his own power. Two years after the accident, he climbed 103 floors to the top of the tallest building in North America. While doctors, family, and friends were puzzled and shocked that this was possible, Mark had already set his sights on a new adventure: a 3,129-mile bike ride across the United States. On April 15th, the journey began! With each mile on the bike, Mark is transforming a story of tragedy into one of perseverance and the power of the human spirit." Learn more about the Stephan Challenge here: www.stephanchallenge.com "
BIKING FOR BANFF Sylvie Froncek wrote recently to tell us about another long-distance ride. Sylvie and her friends are embarking on a tour of the West Coast this month; all students at or graduates of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, the four will ride self-supported, no SAG, "just full panniers and helmet cameras" as they follow the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route from Seattle to Los Angeles. Why the helmet cams? "Our ride is unique in that we will be filming it and submitting our final product to the Banff Mountain Film Festival, The Bike Film Festival, and the Adventure Film Festival," Sylvie wrote. The group would like to invite Bike Bits readers to follow their blog, which Sylvie promises will be "hilarious as well as informative." It can be found here: www.bikeslave.blogspot.com
HIGH ON FRYE Russ Frye, a member of our self-contained TransAm tour group that departed from Williamsburg, Virginia, earlier this month, is posting on his blog as he goes. A retired teacher, Russ now works part time for a company that manages the hiring process for large corporations. And, as you will quickly realize if you tap into "Tailwindz," he also has a sense of humor. We think it's going to be worthwhile to follow Russ' blog as he goes, joining him and his group-mates on a vicarious velo-adventure across America. talewindz.wordpress.com
SALSA DANCING Have a gander at Salsa Cycle's short film: "So Far to Go -- Part One." The video documents the early parts of Brett Davis and Sean Mailen's 2011 adventure on Adventure Cycling's Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. Enjoy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8QhMxNIdrU
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