The 2nd Annual Going up with Down Bike Ride

Please join me in this year’s second Annual Going up with Down Bike Ride!

Word Down Syndrome Day 2013

The Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association will be holding the 2nd Annual Going up with Down Bike Ride on March 22nd and will begin and end at Mezzaluna Pizzeria – European Village Palm Coast, FL just like last year.

The ride is in celebration of World Down Syndrome Day.  The event will raise awareness of Down syndrome to the community and we hope to raise enough money to host a bike camp for people with Down syndrome. The Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association  is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. More information and the signup link can be found at the ride website: and for the ride contact; Joyce Jolley (

Here is the Facebook event page

Something Special This Year!

Something special for you design folks this year! There is a contest to design the ride t-shirt!


The Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association is looking for a new design for this year’s ride t-shirt!

The artist with the winning design will receive $100.00 and their design will be worn by the participants of the ride.

Designs are to be submitted as a .jpeg to by February 18th.

The design is to reflect the tag line “So everyone can ride” as well as our existing logo shown below. Questions about the design contact should be directed to


A few of last year’s riders!

Before the ride 2013

After the ride meal 2013

Association lojo

2013 Tour de Cure – Jacksonville is coming on May 18!

The Pirates ride the Tour de Cure because we are proud to do our part to stop Diabetes. We decided to team up to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. We are committed to ride and raise money in this inspirational event not because 26 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because we personally know some of them, and want to do something about it.

I’ll be there again this year. Can you help raise funds for Diabetes?

The 1st Annual Up With Down Charity Bike Ride is on Saturday, March 23rd!

Hey everybody! Please help me get the word out about the Up With Down charity bike ride on Saturday, March 23rd. Closing date for on-line registration (and your shirt) is 3/21. Other than the link above, you will be able to register the morning of the ride from 7 AM (no shirt), first ride at 8. Routes include 20, 62 and 100 mile options. SAG with plenty of stocked rest stops. Mezzaluna’s for lunch! Pizza or Pasta! Fresh like you was a customer! I kill me! They kill me! I don’t know that I have had many first year charity ride lunches to order. As if raising funds for this great organization wasn’t doing good enough, the proceeds of this event go directly to iCan Shine Bike Camp! Check out the work those folks are doing too!

Please consider helping The Fun Coast Down Syndrome Association out even if you can’t make the ride.

The Cutters are coming! The Cutters are coming!

The Indiana University cycling team “The Cutters” that is! Not the sailing kind! The cycling team name “Cutters” was made famous in the 1979 movie “Breaking Away“.

Just let everyone you know that has a road bike and enjoys group rides to mark up your calendars for the 7:30 AM Cobblestone Mall ride on Saturday, Dec. 29 and Saturday, Jan 5!

This event brings out so many riders that everyone can enjoy the company of whom they wish, from the casual club rider to the touring Pro. Yeah, professionals.  Todd Neville is just back from competing in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii along with Trek sponsored Dirk Bockel who earlier this year won Ironman Germany.

Missed by the Cutters is Eric Young, now on the Pro Cycling Tour. Eric, along with Zach Lusk was one of the big reasons the Cutters won the Little 500 five times in a row until this year.

The Little 500 (also known popularly as the “Little Five”), is a bicycle race held annually at Bill Armstrong Stadium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The race was founded in 1951 by Howdy Wilcox Jr., Executive Director of the Indiana University Student Foundation, who modeled the race after the Indianapolis 500, which his father had participated in and won in 1919

In the movie 1979 movie “Breaking Away”, Dennis Christopher plays Dave, whose friends persuade him to join them in forming the locals’ cycling team for the Little 500. Dave’s parents provide t-shirts with the name “Cutters” on them. Dave’s father remarks how, when he was a young stone cutter, he was proud to help provide the material to construct the university, yet never felt comfortable being on campus. Dave is so much better than the other competitors, he rides without a break and builds up a large lead, while the other teams have to switch cyclists every few laps. However, he is injured and has to stop. After some hesitation, Moocher, Cyril and Mike take turns pedaling, but soon their lead evaporates. Finally, Dave has his feet taped to the bike pedals and starts making up lost ground; he overtakes Rod on the last lap and wins!

So, a little history lesson for you today.

This ride will be big, really big!

See ya there!

Training camp begins Monday!

I’m not going all in on day one, but some things have to change! Training camp begins Monday! The FLA Senior Games State Championships (Road Race, 20k and 40k) are December 09 in Lakeland again this year. The State Championships are a qualifier for the US Senior Games National Road Race Championships  in July of 2013 in Cleveland.

Eating better, living better, getting better sleep, some wieght loss, and some training! I’ll keep ya posted!

I’ll be riding in the 2012 Endless Summer Watermelon Ride!

Enjoy a wonderful bike ride through country and coastal roads of St. Johns County, and along the St. Johns River. There are both ocean-side and river rest stops. We’ll provide pre-ride snacks, rest stops, a post-ride lunch, mechanical support, motorcycle escorts, and roving SAGs. CLICK HERE to Register now!

The 22nd Annual Endless Summer Watermelon Ride is Sunday, the 9th of September. This classic well supported one-day bicycle ride is perfect for all levels of cyclists. This year′s Watermelon Ride departs from and returns to Ponte Vedra High School (460 Davis Park Road,  Ponte Vedra, FL 32081) north of St Augustine, FL. The ride traverses lightly traveled St Johns country roads featuring scenic Atlantic Ocean and St Johns River views with some routes passing thru historic St. Augustine, America’s oldest continuously occupied city.

Support includes pre-ride light breakfast, SAG and bike shop mechanical support, well stocked rest stops and a post-ride box lunch supplied by the Renaissance Resort. On-line registration fees are $45 for non-members and $30 for members.

Those who register by August 29th will receive a complementary T-shirt with a brand new ESWR logo. Late on-line registrants through September 7th may sign up for the same prices but will not receive a complementary T-shirt. Day-of-Ride registration ($55 for everyone) opens at 6:30am on Sunday. The Century riders depart at 7:30am, the 72 mile riders depart at 7:45am and the 35 mile riders go at 8:30am.