Exciting stuff again! We’re heading out to Interbike in a few hours and meeting up with lots of friends, sponsors and industry contacts. Looks like things are shaping up for us to do some cool stuff next year (more on that later.)
The fun part about going out is that we get to drive through the Mojave Desert in the middle of the night. (Hopefully, we won’t miss our turn this time… oops!) I’ll update with some pics once we get there, but we’re super excited. Tomorrow and Thursday will be appointments and some business. Then we’re going to the Fashion Show thursday night, where we’re hoping to meet up. After that, we’re going out with other racers and fun people.
Friday is time for Gooseberry Mesa! We’ll drive there in the morning, get some riding in later in the day and then camp under the stars. We might be able to sneak in another ride Saturday morning, before heading back home.
The other exciting news is a new partnership that I will have for 2009. Many of you have probably heard of World Bicycle Relief. For 2009, I will be teaming up with WBR to help promote the power of bicycles in developing nations. WBR does some super cool stuff and I’m really excited to join up with them. They partner with relief organizations to provide quality bicycles to people who need them (the bikes cost $109 each.) They also try to improve the quality of life for men, women and children in developing nations with bicycles.
We haven’t worked out the details of it yet, but maybe I can get people to pledge a dollar per mile for Tour Divide next year! (that could buy 28 bikes) OK, 50cents a mile (it is a long ways)? I can definitely take WBR info to hand out at races so you can all learn about them too.
So, we’ll have more on that, but for now I’m just excited to help bring awareness to what WBR is doing. It’s pretty cool to be a part of something bigger than yourself, which I hope to do.
We’ve gotta run, but I’ll leave you with a cool pic that Stephen Gleasner took of me on Tour Divide. This is what I’ve made up for Sponsors.