Why You Should Participate in the Ride 2 Recovery – OC Honor Ride

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There are many great walk, run and bicycle charity events that you can participate in these days.  All the causes are worthy but with so many events, people have to pick and choose what they do.  So in a way, each event is competing for ridership, but nobody wants to look at it that way.   ARB Cyclery is hosting the 4th Annual Ride 2 Recovery – OC Honor Ride on Saturday, October 29th.  We would never tell someone to participate in our event over some other worthwhile charity ride.  Again, all the causes are worthy, and event participants will make their own decisions on what charities to support.  But let me tell you why we chose to partner with Ride 2 Recovery and why we’d love to see you come out and support this cause on Saturday, October 29th.ride-2-recovery-logo

Despite the nuttiness of the current election year, I think I speak for the entire crew here at ARB Cyclery when I say we feel grateful to be living in the United States of America.  And to be clear, this is not any sort of political statement – just an acknowledgment that we have freedoms here that you don’t find anywhere else on earth and that we shouldn’t take them for granted.  Hopefully, we can all agree on this, no matter your political persuasion.  And we all know that freedom isn’t “free.”  Thousands of Americans have sacrificed their lives to help us remain a free people.  You may not have agreed with certain wars in our country’s past or agree with what we are doing now, and that doesn’t make you unpatriotic.  But there is no doubt we would not be a free nation today if it weren’t for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform in the past, as well as today.

The people in our military freely volunteer to defend our country, and it doesn’t matter who is President or whether or not they agree or disagree with a particular mission.  They go voluntarily because that is the promise they made.  Some pay the ultimate sacrifice, and many come home severely injured -physically, mentally or both.  In many cases, their lives are altered forever, and they deserve the support of all Americans, regardless of political views.  So supporting Ride 2 Recovery is one small way ARB Cyclery can give back to the veterans who have given so much for our nation.

While every organization that helps our veterans is worthy of support, Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) does it in a special way.  It uses cycling as its primary form of rehabilitation and healing.  Wow…. when I heard about this, I knew immediately that ARB Cyclery had to get involved.  Everyone here at ARB Cyclery has a passion for cycling, or else they wouldn’t be here!  Most people who ride regularly want to share with others what cycling has done for them – hoping they also catch the “bug.”  The benefits are numerous – health & fitness, connection with the outdoors, time to unplug, environmental, social, challenging oneself, increased confidence, and much more.  If you feel cycling has positively benefitted your life, then who better to share that with than those who we owe such an enormous debt of gratitude and desperately need our help– a wounded veteran.

On Saturday, October 29th, let’s take a pause and forget about all of our differences this election year and support our fellow Americans by giving the healing power of cycling.  You will literally be helping to save lives.  Click here to register!

If you would like to see the entire documentary, Recovering, there will be a screening at the shop on Wednesday, October 26th at 7:30pm following our shop ride.   The documentary will also be shown two separate times following the Orange County Honor Ride on Saturday, October 29th.

Ride with BMC’s Peter Stetina & Support America’s Veterans

Calling All Orange County Cycling Enthusiasts:

R2R Challenge High-FiveIf you are reading this blog, most likely you’re a cyclist!  You are probably an American citizen too, or at least live here.  The one thing all Americans share is a deep appreciation of those who sacrifice life & limb to protect our freedom and those of others around the world (regardless of your opinion on any particular war).   These men and women truly are heroes.   Here is your chance to step up and make a BIG contribution to America’s wounded veterans using your passion for cycling.  I can’t think of a better combination!

Ride 2 Recovery and The Big Orange Classic have put together a fantastic event the day before the main ride.   In return for your $100 donation, here is what you’ll get at this exclusive Orange County VIP event:

  • Peter-Stetina-TourEasy (nobody gets dropped) 20 mile ride with one of America’s top cyclists, Peter Stetina of BMC Racing.  Peter is a 4 time Grand Tour finisher, including a 35th place (out of 164 who finished) in his first Tour de France last year.
  • Chance to ride & chat with Peter in a more intimate setting than the main ride.  He’ll be hanging out pre- and post-ride as well.  How many group rides have you been on where the guy riding next to you has competed in the Tour de France – and you haven’t been dropped!  Go ahead, ask your questions – what’s a day at the Tour really like?
  • Ride the same top of the line BMC SLR01 as Peter Stetina!  You’ll have the opportunity to demo one of these amazing race rigs on this ride.
  • The ride starts and ends from Shimano USA headquarters, perhaps the most innovative and recognizable brand in cycling.
  • Browse and hang out in the recently constructed Shimano showroom to see the latest in bicycle components and gear.  This will include a demonstration of the new Road Hydro groupset.
  • Complimentary Shimano grab bag and post-ride beer/appetizers while hanging out with Peter Stetina and reps from Shimano and BMC.

Tour de France 2014, Grand Depart, Peter Stetina, BMC Team Machine SLR01 (Pic: Colin Henrys/Factory Media)

While this is truly a dream event for any cycling enthusiast, what you’ll feel best about is that your donation is really making a difference in the lives of America’s wounded veterans – or Healing Heroes.  And what is changing their lives? CYCLING!  If you love cycling and it has given so much to you, what better way to give back than giving wounded veterans that experience they so desperately need.  What makes cycling unique as a way to help our Healing Heroes become fully rehabilitated?  First of all, almost everyone can cycle, no matter their physical situation.  This is not so for almost any other sport, including running. Cycling treats the whole person:  physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.  And healing veterans can be brought to a higher level of function by utilizing cycling as a part of their rehabilitation.  But in order to reach more veterans, Ride 2 Recovery needs your help.  And fundraising events like these help do that.  Here is a video that captures much of what Ride 2 Recovery is all about.  Caution – it is sobering, but also inspirational.   Please consider signing up for this one-of-a-kind cycling event!

 

 

[New Video] Irvine Resident and Olympian Dotsie Bausch after Ride 2 Recovery at A Road Bike 4U

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“I love so much about it,” says Dotsie Baush. “I just love being able to be outside with the wind in my face and the ability to see so much in a short period of time, if you go 30 miles or 50 miles or 70 miles. But I love the competitive aspect of it more than anything. I love track racing and I love the gift it’s given me. It’s been an incredible journey so far in just a short period of time.” (quoted in ESPN interview.)

Her journey from anorexic runway model to professional cyclist and now Olympic Silver Medalist has been chronicled by virtually every major news organization. But beyond the model exterior and her physical capabilities on a bike, there is her unquenchable desire to pay it forward.

Her story of getting caught up in the crazy world of the New York runway model is nothing new. She drove herself so hard that she finally found herself barely surviving in a 5’9″, 90 pound body. After contemplating suicide, she headed for therapy and a big life turnaround. She credits cycling for much of her recovery.

Now she helps others who are disabled by an eating disorder. No one is better at identifying with someone in some form of addiction, than an ex-addict. But Dotsie’s big heart doesn’t end there.

Our wounded vets sometimes struggle with some of the same needs in their recoveries that Dotsie did. And many of them are finding the same thing she did. A bicycle is a fantastic way to build strength, endurance, and postive mental energy. Through Ride 2 Recovery, veterans across the country are being outfitted with specially designed bikes that allow them to fully participate in cycling.

To help raise money for these vets, A Road Bike 4U hosted an Aug 3rd ride originating at the store located in Irvine, at the corner of Main St. & Red Hill Ave. Dotsie Bausch was one of those riding in support of our wounded warriors that day. You can still get in on the fun, and meet Dotsie. Watch this video and plan to show up for the event next August 2014.

Honor Ride Raises $20,000 for Healing Heroes

This blog post is from an article originally published by the Orange County Register, August 4th, 2013

BY RYAH COOLEY / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Donny Savard hugs his wife Shawna as his 2-year-old son Seth looks on. Hundreds of cyclists gathered Saturday in Irvine to raise money to buy Savard a new hand cycle. KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Donny Savard hugs his wife Shawna as his 2-year-old son Seth looks on. Hundreds of cyclists gathered Saturday in Irvine to raise money to buy Savard a new hand cycle.
KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Donny Savard’s face lit up as he looked around at the more than 300 riders and all the different bicycles at the start of the Honor Ride at the A Road Bike 4U shop in Irvine on Saturday.

“There are some cool bikes here,” Savard said. “Look at that.”

He pointed to a tandem bike for two and an outdoor elliptical bike, where the rider stands up to pedal.

Savard, of Laguna Nigel, said he hasn’t ridden a traditional road bike in four or five years. He is in a wheelchair due to injuries he suffered in the Iraq War while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.

Thanks to funds raised at the honor ride put on by Ride 2 Recovery and A Road Bike 4U on Saturday, Savard will soon have a bike of his own. The Top End Force RX bike will allow him to lie down and pedal the bike with his hands.

Savard said it felt amazing to have so many people come out and support him.

During a break at Irvine Boulevard, Donny Savard visits with Mike Alford of Temecula as members of the cycling community, including many veterans, gather Saturday to raise the money for Savard's new hand cycle. KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
During a break at Irvine Boulevard, Donny Savard visits with Mike Alford of Temecula as members of the cycling community, including many veterans, gather Saturday to raise the money for Savard’s new hand cycle.
KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

“I’m like one in a million,” Savard said. “This is an opportunity I never would have expected.”

Linda Glassell, the national director of Honor Rides for Ride 2 Recovery, said the organization is a nonprofit that uses cycling as a means of rehabilitation for healing heroes like Savard. She said the Top End Force RX bike they’re getting Savard is valued at $5,000.

After the event, Glassell said they raised more than $20,000, primarily from registration fees. Glassell said some riders also chose to raise funds on their own and they held a raffle the day of the ride with a Giant road bike as the grand prize. The remainder of the funds will go to Ride 2 Recovery’s rehabilitation programs.

Ride 2 Recovery's Project Hero program manager Robert Keating, left, and volunteer Richard Chappell ready a temporary hand cycle for Donny Savard at A Road Bike 4U bike shop in Irvine. Members of the cycling community, along with many service veterans, gathered Saturday to raise the money for a new hand cycle for Savard, injured in Iraq while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Ride 2 Recovery’s Project Hero program manager Robert Keating, left, and volunteer Richard Chappell ready a temporary hand cycle for Donny Savard at A Road Bike 4U bike shop in Irvine. Members of the cycling community, along with many service veterans, gathered Saturday to raise the money for a new hand cycle for Savard, injured in Iraq while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps.
KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Bruce Marshall, owner of A Road Bike 4U, said he partnered with Ride 2 Recovery because he wanted to give back to the community. Helping veterans also is important to Marshall, whose grandfather, a World War II veteran who died 15 years ago, lost his arm in combat.

Marshall saw how much playing golf helped his grandfather during his recovery, so he was excited when he found out about Ride 2 Recovery using cycling to help veterans.

“I always thought that wounded vets didn’t get enough appreciation,” Marshall said. “To think that I could help veterans who have put so much on the line… It’s just a small thing to do.”

Marshall said he hopes to make the honor ride an annual event.

Donny Savard approaches the first rest stop with the help of Mike Sowa of Westlake Village pushing him uphill through the Great Park and former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Members of the cycling community, along with many service veterans, gathered Saturday to raise the money for a new hand cycle for Savard. KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Donny Savard approaches the first rest stop with the help of Mike Sowa of Westlake Village pushing him uphill through the Great Park and former U.S. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Members of the cycling community, along with many service veterans, gathered Saturday to raise the money for a new hand cycle for Savard.
KEN STEINHARDT, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Participants chose between a 25- and 60-mile loop, which both started and ended at Road Bike 4U and went through the GreatPark. Riders paid $35 to pre-register or $45 for same-day registration.

Jules Shobert lives in Covina and works in Costa Mesa. The honor ride for Savard was only her third time on a road bike so she chose to do the 25-mile loop.

“I think it’s great,” Shobert said of the event. “The half-marathons I do are all associated with charities that I support.”

Prior to the start of the ride, Savard said he wasn’t sure if he would do the 25- or 60-mile loop. He was provided a hand-powered bicycle for Saturday’s ride.

“It’s all going to depend on how comfortable I feel,” Savard said. “I’m just going to keep going till I waste out. I have a tendency to over do it.”

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