Tour de Cure 2003

Well, it looks like this year’s Tour de Cure was another success. I haven’t gotten the official head counts or pledges yet, but I understand we had about 250 riders and we raised about $60,000. I’m very happy with the results.

I didn’t get to take nearly as many pictures as I wanted to. One reason was that I was never on the actual route of the ride. My crew (William and Frank) and I loaded the riders’ luggage into a moving van each morning, drove to the finish line for that day, and then unloaded and helped the other crews with their set-up. So my schedule was basically: move stuff, drive, move stuff, nap, move stuff, knit, repeat.

I was really not looking forward to the event beforehand. I didn’t get to ride in it this year, which gave me a really odd feeling. I’ve been at scores of organized bike rides, always as a participant. Seeing the pack take off in the morning was just. . .

I’ll be back next year, but this time on my bike.

Some notable participants included Team Mapei, a pro team from Florida that’s associated with the local Team Diabetic. They combined and rode at a blistering 21 mph average both days. These guys are fast, and they had a lot of fun energy about them.
Then there was the team from Warm Springs Rehabilitation. Most of their riders had only one leg. They used hand-cranked tricycles and they did the exact same course as everyone else. I hung out with them on Saturday night, and Scott, their leader, invited me to come train with them. I’m definitely going to take you up on it, Scott.

Whenever I had a free moment where I wasn’t eating or taking a nap, I broke out the Aran and worked on it. I really need to transcribe the cable blocks into a more portable chart; lugging the book around is a pain. I did not make my goal of another repeat of the Saxon Braid, but I’m only a half row off. I’m happy with that.

I’ll get a pic of the sweater this evening. For now, here are a couple of shots that I think sum up the exhaustion we are all feeling just now:

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  1. Sheryl Says:

    Look forward to seeing your pictures, David!

    Make no mistake, I know you are the type of person who grows from all your experiences!

  2. David Says:

    Jenny,

    Thanks for the kind words.

    The book is Two Sticks and a String by Kerry Ferguson. I believe it is still in print, so you should be able to locate a copy. I got mine used at Half Price Books for about seven bucks.

    Lubna,

    Good to be back. I’ve got another photo from the ride that I’ve got to post – some nice situational irony is at work.

    Sheryl,

    You’re very right. I’m glad I’ve got the perspective. I’ve enjoyed so many rides, it was really a great opportunity to help others have that experience.

  3. Jenny Says:

    First, I love your site! I was wondering what book your aran pattern is from. I have been trying to find just the right aran pattern for my very picky husband and there just aren’t that many good patterns out there for men. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.

  4. Lubna Says:

    Happy you’re back!! Missed you.

  5. David Says:

    Make no mistake, I’m glad that I did it. I will definitely have a greater appreciation for the volunteers on the next big ride I do.

  6. Sheryl Says:

    Sounds like an exhausting, but worthwhile weekend.

    It’s an important cause, even if you would have rather been riding.

    Just think of the song “Both Sides Now.” Now you can say you have organized a bike race! :-)