I have had a love affair with the Ride ever since I first rode 100 miles with Harvey Lowell, JBBBS President/CEO, and the rest of the JBBBS crew back in 2008. I have personally been an avid cyclist since 2002 and find that the combination of the mission and my passion for cycling is an unbeatable combination.
The Ride has many dimensions for me. First and foremost is the opportunity it gives me to reach out and solicit. I get to leverage my being a committed rider with being a Big Brother. It provides an opportunity for me to connect with my friends and engage them in the agency’s mission and the work that we do. Asking for money is easy in this context and by so doing I am able to expand the supporter base for the agency.
Secondly, I find the energy around the Ride infectious. It creates a whole new social group which I value apart from the Ride. Friendships have been made that persist and spill over into other areas in support of the agency. As team captain over the past few years, it has been fun to put together training rides and to show people who have not ridden in many years that the 25-mile loop is not out of their reach. Together, we can complete the Ride. The practice rides created confidence and a sense of comradery for all.
Finally, the day of the Ride is a real high. The sendoff crowd is energizing, the water stops are colorful (and theme-based) and help introduce the riders to the other agencies that are involved and share the mission of serving children at risk. My wife, Suzie, has gotten involved at our water stop and I enjoy seeing her there and then meeting up with everyone at the finish line. I have also very much enjoyed accompanying other riders and encouraging them along the way. All in all, an event not to be missed and keeping up the tradition year in and year out is an honor to be part of.
So come out and join our training sessions and ride even if the last time you rode was 20 years ago! You will find how very worthwhile it is. See you September 20.