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Bike for Tots by ECVelo- Greenville, NC

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East Carolina Velo Cycling Club is hosting a great bike event, Bike for Tots, on Sunday, November 24th.  Bike for Tots consists 2 separate events. A Cross-Country MTB Race and a Road Ride starting and ending at the same location (the Bicycle Post Trails, Falkland NC). The entry fee is an unwrapped toy with value greater than $15.  Without a toy donation the entry fee is $20 – so bring a toy!!  This is meant to be a fun event to help make Christmas a little more special for some local children while getting those of the athletic persuasion outside for healthy competition.  In the end we all win!  Make sure to RSVP so that there will be enough food for all those attending!

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Support Tracy Smith After Biking Accident

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*Updated, For those of you who would like to send injured racer Tracy Smith a card or letter they can be sent to Shepard Center, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, Ga 30309-1465, Attention: Tracy Smith room # 513*

Stories like Tracy Smith‘s validates the closeness of the mountain-biking community.

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, Tracy’s life and his family’s life were changed forever. On a mountain biking trip in Helen, Georgia with his 12 year old son, Evan, Tracy’s peddle hit a rock and he was sent tumbling to the ground head first and broke his neck. Tracy was airlifted to Grady Hospital’s Trauma Center. The following day he underwent surgery to fuse his vertebrae. He is now paralyzed from the chest down with use of his arms and limited use of his hands. (read full article here)

traceysmithsupportHere is a mountain biker from Florida who was riding Georgia trails when crashing and 11 days later word is spreading in the mountain bike community how I, in North Carolina, can give to support Tracy’s mounting medical costs.

Wow, big Kudos to Chain Buster Productions for stepping up and helping with giving away a portion of their sales to Tracy!

It wasn’t too long ago that we had a good friend, Brad Clark, of our club who was injured in a biking accident and our off road biking community surrounded him with much love, prayers, and support.  It was awesome to be part of the team that organized a Time Trial Series to support the Clark family in their hospital bills.

It is great to be addicted to a sport that rallies around other riders that most likely will never cross tire tracks!

Please know Tracy and family, the Trail Mayor will be praying for you all.

Burn 24 Hour by Bike Rumor is Supporting James Caudill

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The Burn 24 Hour 2013 by Bike Rumor at Warrior Creek will be selling left over t-shirts from previous year’s races to benefit the C-Foundation in honor of James Caudill.  If you haven’t read the story of James, I encourage you to read it and pass it on to your friends and family.

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The Bush Center Warrior 100K Ride

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W100- Wounded Warriors Bush

What an honor to watch those who have sacrificed serving our country pedal their way with former president Bush in the Bush Center Warrior 100K Ride.  Take time to work through the list of riders and read their bios.  Thank you for serving our country!

– Major James C. Anderson, Jr., USA, from San Antonio, TX
– Sergeant First Class Manuel A. Colón, USA from Orlando, FL
– Sergeant First Class Thomas W. Costello, USA, from Shelby, NC
– Staff Sergeant Matthew P. DeWitt, USA, Ret. from Weare, NH
– First Sergeant Robert A. Ferrara, USA, Ret. from San Antonio, TX
– Major John Dana Greer, USA, Ret., from Savannah, GA
– Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson, USA
– Staff Sergeant Joshua M. Krueger, USMC, Ret. from Hubertus, WI
– Staff Sergeant Michael D. Morabito, USA, Ret., from Converse, TX
– Staff Sergeant Jeffrey R. Palenske, USA from Chicago, IL
– Master Sergeant Roque Rodriguez-Urena, USAF Ret., from Charleston, SC
– Staff Sergeant Omar R. Romney, USA, Ret., from Clarksville, TN
– Specialist José E. Santiago, USA from Centennial, CO
– Major Kent G. Solheim, USA from Raeford, NC;

Read full article here.

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CJ Burford Rides for a Reason

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cjburfordI bet there are lots of reasons your ride and race your bike!  I am willing to bet health, competition, accomplishment, companionship, and nature, all edge the top of your list.  But, you will stop in your treads when you read about 8 year old CJ Burford.

Hi, my name is CJ Burford. I am 8 years old. Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!

Beginning on May 13th, 2013, I am planning to once again hop on my bike and pedal for a reason. This time I am going to be riding approximately 360 miles across the state of North Carolina from the Tennessee state line to Emerald Isle. I am doing this ride for the Samaritan’s Purse “Children’s Heart Project”. This bike ride isn’t a race; instead it’s a great opportunity for many people to help me show God’s love and support families all over the world with children who do not have adequate medical care!
This is not my first bike ride. Here is some info about my journey so far….

No doubt you will want to read more by visiting these links:

Watch his latest video here.

Cyclo-Cross Race- High School Project

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Over the past months, I have had the privilege of supervising a local high school student with his senior project.  His focus is “commuting” and his end-project is a benefit race for our local mountain bike club on Sunday, March 24th.  I am fairly new to the race scene but I have enjoyed passing down the lessons I have learned in helping plan several race/race series.

Robert is planning to put on a cyclo-cross race at Brunswick Nature Park in Leland, NC and although the cross season is officially over, I am excited that he is keeping this sport on the front of everyone’s mind.  Inwardly, I am hoping he can teach me how to ride a cross bike as I have really been itching to learn.

By the way, I found out quickly that Robert breaks the mold when it comes to high school transportation.  After scheduling our first meeting at my office on the other side of town from his school, I was surprised to get a text from him that he had arrived outside my office and looking where to lock up his cross bike.  While most kids his age are begging their parents for a car or keys to their car,  I quickly learned that Robert lives what he preaches as biking is his preferred primary mode of transportation.

I am looking forward to helping Robert succeed in his upcoming senior project.  Come out and support his race on Sunday, March 24th.

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“Run for Ray” Underhill Trail Run 2013

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If you were like me in the 80’s, skateboarding consumed your life just as mountain biking seems to be doing in the present.  Eagerly awaiting your Thrasher magazine in the mailbox, there were many times you would see Ray Underhill from Powell-Peralta blasted across the pages doing nasty tricks you could land ONLY in your dreams.

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As you may or may not know, Ray settled down in Wilmington, NC in 1998 when he started working for Easter Skateboard Supply.  Unfortunately, Ray passed away in 2008 after a long battle with a brain tumor.

The Run for Ray Trail Run is a fund raiser for the Ray Underhill Foundation, the family and the Chordoma Cancer Foundation.   Ray Underhill was not only a professional skateboarder he was an amazing father, husband and friend to many.  Chordoma took his life prematurely and this benefit run is an event to honor his memory, as well, as to help his wife and two young children. The first annual Run for Ray trail run was held March of 2009.  100% of the proceeds go to the Ray Underhill Foundation, the family and the Chrodoma Foundation.

Mark your race calendar!  The 2013 event will be held Saturday February 23rd at Brunswick Nature Park.  With the addition of new trails there by Cape Fear SORBA, there will be NEW distances this year.  3 mile, 9 mile and 18 mile trail runs.

Since I have been a part of building these off-road biking trails, it is rewarding to see two my vices merge together in an unique set of circumstances.

Oh yes, do not forget that there are times when Tony Hawk enters this race at the last minute and if you are fast enough, you might be able to brag to your children that you outran your childhood skating hero!

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