On September 25th I’ll be riding in this breast cancer awareness and fundraiser ride.
As a survivor, I’m excited to be able to participate.
You can help me with the fundraiser part of this effort here:
Use the QR code or go to the website for more info.
The website https://www.tourdekomen.org/2021 also has a donation button!
My Breast Cancer Story
First, I’m a survivor. Today, August 24, 2021 is over seven years since I received the diagnosis. In the 2,800 days since the biopsy report, there have been a lot of ups and downs in my case. But the really important part of the experience began much earlier than 2013.
I was a cyclist long before I received the breast cancer diagnosis. Long, like 30 years! So, one strength that I had from riding, racing, touring, mountain biking, etc. was understanding something about tackling difficult things. I had an extra bit of confidence that I could work through this new challenge because of the things I had accomplished as a cyclist. And I’m not talking a bunch of 1st places or gold medals, but a whole lot of just finishing, seeing incremental improvement with training, and a few top placings in competitive events.
I had also been hurt a few times in bicycle crashes, and knew a thing or two about recovery. I knew that recovery came easier the more fitness you had, so there was another plus that being a cyclist gave me in this new situation: I had some fitness! This did pay off for me as I was able to return to work and get back to other aspects of daily life more quickly.
The most important thing that I had from my cycling background was that I had something to look forward to after the surgery. I knew that being back on the bike would be good for my soul and help me heal physically and emotionally. And it was(!), and still is(!), as it reminds me of all the good things my body lets me do every day. I felt betrayed by my body at first, but as time went on I could see the breast cancer differently. It was a temporary condition, thanks to the access I had to a mammogram. So, the cancer does not define me. Rather, I am a woman who happens to have had breast cancer. I’m very grateful that the tumor was found when small and that my post diagnosis life has allowed me to continue my active lifestyle, including Le Tour de Komen.
Today I’m able to think about Le Tour de Komen as a breast cancer survivor. I’m able to tell my story. Above all else I hope my story will encourage women to be diligent about self-exams, annual appointments with their doctor and going for their recommended mammogram screenings. Neither I nor my doctor detected my tumor by palpation. The mammogram was essential for my early diagnosis, and it was only the second one I had ever had.
Love & respect,
Get 2 (or more) of your friends to register and we'll refund you 20%!
Your friends will ALL receive 10% off their registration too, using a code they will receive from your referral.
Some things will be different this year, but riders will still be
with three aid stations & rider discounted no-host style food & beverages at the finish.
New for 2021
Rolling start between 7 and 8 AM
Start & finish at Route 66 Junkyard Brewery
Register at BikeReg
Mark your calendar!!
Short Loop: 60 miles
Long Loop: 80 miles
Long loop GPS track – Please note this track was made using some computer software, combined with track data from the previous course. There could be small errors. I’ll drive the course to set flag markers on Friday and upload that trace Friday evening. If riders use this track, plus watch for the flags, they will be fine on the 80 mile loop. The 60 mile GPS track is from an actual ride!
Because I don’t know your exposure or vaccination status, to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the following steps will be taken:
Even during a pandemic, cyclists can be killed.
This link will take you to more pictures and a nice story in the Taos News https://bit.ly/TaosMcLaughlin
On Wednesday, July 1, I was in the Taos, NM area to install a ghost bike for Mark McLaughlin, who was killed Friday June 26, 2020. The exact location is 163 State Route 230, Arroyo Seco, 87514.
The event was at 6:30pm.
About 20 people, family that came in from out of state, and nearby residents, attended.
Here is the original report from Taos News. I don’t have any other details about the crash.
Report on Bike Day at the Capitol from Khal Spencer
Use the contact form if you have questions or to coordinate travel to Santa Fe.
Also, check out the Saturday
Download blank waiver for late registration here
I have a printed waiver for all preregistered riders. Don’t print another!
Everyone must sign their own waiver.
No late fee for Saturday or Sunday registration.
Late registration and packet pickup at Taos Youth & Family Center
Saturday September 21: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, September, 22: 7:00 – 7:30 am
Cash or check only!
Lunch (and showers) will be available after you finish your ride at the Taos Youth & Family Center. Lunch is on DCW; showers are $2 bucks.
If you are looking for a tune up for the Crusher in the Tushar, look no further. Burke’s ride deserves copycats, because it is so awesome. La Mosca is modeled after his fantastic event.
Looking for a discount??
You can find a flyer with the discount code at these fine local businesses:
Northeast Cyclery (new location in Hoffmantown Plaza; 8238 Menaul NE, at Wyoming)
Trek Superstore, 5000 Menaul NE
Little Bear Coffee, 2632 Pennsylvania St NE
Michale Thomas Coffee, 1111 Carlisle Blvd SE
Gran Fondo [Taos, Mora, Angel Fire]
September 22, 2019
Plan to celebrate the fall equinox with us in beautiful norther New Mexico
Martinez family honoring Gregory Lee Martinez II; 1986-1994.
10005 Lyon Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
Ghost Bike for Christopher Greathouse, age 12, will be placed on November 10th at 4:00PM.
Original post said Sunday. Acutally, the Ghost Bike will be placed on Saturday, November 10. 4:00PM
He was killed on June 15th, 2018 while bicycling with his brother, Stanley. The crash happened at Moon Street and Los Arboles Avenue, just south of Candelaria in the North East Heights.
Duke City Wheelmen will help the family place a ghost bike made by Christopher’s brothers Stanley and Anthony. A metal plaque will be placed that has Christopher’s picture.
The family has stated that all are welcome at the ceremony where they will place the Ghost Bike at the scene of the crash and honor Christopher’s life. Ghost Bikes are bicycles painted white, placed where a cyclist has died. All too often, the cause of the death is a crash with a motor vehicle. The serve to remind us of the importance of driving attentively, the value of human life and the joy that riding a bicycle can bring to young and old alike