Friday marked the first day of fall, 2017. Remarkably, it didn’t feel much like fall at all. As temps soared throughout the Midwest, a few brave souls overlooked the less-than-cx-friendly weather and ventured to Waterloo, Wisconsin for the Trek CX Cup. But most Gearheads wisely sought the cooling effects of creating their own breeze while cycling along the lakefront.
On Saturday, we had a great turn-out for our group ride.
Fall can be a tough time for our riders. The beginning of a new school year throws everyone’s schedules off. Kids have fall sports. There can be a number of challenges to getting to the ride start Saturday morning, so it was great to see a number of our riders and friends returning to their Saturday morning routine.
That said, we were missing a few of our regulars on Saturday. While we missed their presence, they were gone for a very good reason, an incredibly awesome cause. Saturday was the second annual One Day 100 Bikes fundraiser for our favorite charity World Bicycle Relief (WBR).
For those in attendance, the festivities kicked off with a group ride in the city, for which the 52 riders had perfect weather.
The afternoon events took place at FFC-Lincoln Park and kicked off with the Celebrity Spin Challenge, with Former Chicago Bear Alex Brown and WXRT’s Jason Thomas co-teaching. There were other Spin Classes, the Chicago Compu-Challenge and a festival with bike expo, food, beer, wine and a DJ. There was a bike clinic with Bike Lawyer Jim Freeman.
Of course, no celebration of WBR would be complete without a silent raffle.
We’re delighted to report that One Day, 100 Bikes was a great success. Tom Renaud summed up the day: “Everyone had fun, participated in events and helped to raise a lot of money.” One Day 100 Bikes raised more than $42,000 for WBR. That’s 288 Buffalo Bikes. Far more than 100 bikes – and not bad for a day’s work!
As if the day wasn’t special enough, guests, competitors and participants were also treated to a visit by Lynn Rogers, out of the hospital on a day pass. Our hearts have been with Lynn as she overcomes great challenges to returning to her century-riding, Ironman-crushing self. Seeing her radiant smile on Saturday was encouraging and gave us hope that we’ll see Lynn on a different set of two wheels again very soon.
As temperatures continued to stay above normal, many headed to the beaches on Sunday. But Gearheads simply can’t give up on those cycling tans we’ve been working so hard on all summer long.
We simply don’t know what Mother Nature will have in store for us this fall and winter. Will it be snowing for Halloween? Will it be 70 degrees and sunny for the State CX Championship in December? We’ll have to wait and see. What we do know is that Gearheads make the best of every situation and we certainly take advantage of a heat wave during the first weekend of fall!