The Pablove Foundation was founded by Jo Thrailkill and Jeff Castelaz. It is a nonprofit organization that was put in place to help needy kids that have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization was named after their son Pablo, who died at age six after a long battle with bilateral Wilms Tumor, a childhood cancer.
This foundation has a mission to invest in underfunded research that is conducted toward cancer. It’s to inspire the affected families through education and improve the lives of the kids in these families who have been diagnosed with cancer. The funds go toward finding a cure and treating the kids who need it. This is so that families that are affected feel cared for, that they are all part of a big family.
Pablove Across America is a cycling experience that involves 50 riders. During the race, each rider is required to donate at least $7500, which goes to the foundation to help these kids. The main objective of the foundation is to fight childhood cancer with unity and love. If you can’t be a part of the race, you can still directly donate to the charity.
Those who take part in Pablove Across America receive some incentives that will make them feel good and always wish to be part of the race. They receive a cycling kit that is Pablove-branded, a short sleeved jersey, bib shorts, individual coaching, a training plan, nutritional meals, on bike food and water, daily maintenance on their bikes, a support vehicle that rides behind the bikers, a personalized fundraising page, a double occupancy hotel room and finally, massage services to keep their body in good working shape. Below are two other charities to check out as well…
1400 Miles Bike Ride
This organization was launched by Davis Tucker to help raise funds and awareness against prostate cancer, the third leading cause of cancer in men. The funds are split into two parts, the first part going to prostate education and low cost testing, and the second part goes to their partner charity, Pints for Prostates. The idea is to get men together to talk about these things over some beers.
The 1400 Miles ride is quite tough and the participants are required to break the race into five legs, each leg requiring the team to raise $2800 per person. Each person donating money would complete one leg of the journey. The race comes with some incentives like jerseys that are branded ‘1400 miles’, cycling kits, pint glasses and tickets that include entry to a follow up party.
The organization is not restricted to just the riders alone, and the community is welcomed to participate in the fundraising with their community ride. Non-riders can participate in a beers and barbecue event, buy t-shirts, or donate directly through the website.
The Free Wheel Foundation – The Ride 430 Challenge
This organization is powered by the Free Wheel Foundation, and its main mission is to provide support to the families of injured and fallen heroes, and veterans. It is usually a 4-day event each year, and each participant in the race is required to raise $6600 by the end of the campaign and their goal is to raise over $350,000. The foundation also provides adaptive equipment to injured veterans. If you wish to donate instead of ride, you can do that here.
Hear some answers to the questions you may have about cycling…it’s pretty informative.
The best and worst moments of the Tour de France 2017…
France has always had a love affair with bicycles and promotes bicycling in other parts of the world where outdoor activities aren’t very common due to a hot and humid climate. The first bicycle was invented by a German, although it was the French who started marketing bicycles. This love for bikes made them start Le Tour de France, which is the most famous and prestigious bicycle race in the world.
People from all over the world visit France to participate in the race. Getting the chance to race can be the highlight of any cyclist’s career and winning it would be the honor of their lives. This race is held annually in July and spans over the period of three weeks. It is among the most difficult bicycle races in the world.
The tour typically has 20-22 professional teams, each having 9 riders covering all of France, including some other European countries like Belgium, Italy, Spain and Germany. It dates back to 1903 when it was held for the first time and has cultural roots associated in the country. Since then, it is held every year except during World Wars.
Le Tour de France is held in multiple stages, with each stage having a start and stop in different cities and an assigned route length. Hundreds of people gather on the roads to witness this historical race and it is broadcasted all over the world. The race tests athletic endurance and stamina of cyclists, as it divided into different time trials which are stretched along either flat land or mountainous areas.
Very few cyclists are able to do well in both regions. The cyclist with the least cumulative time calculated each day, which is summed up at the end of the tour, wins the race. This year’s race started in Germany, but the race always ends in Paris. The next race in 2019 will start in Brussels, Belgium.
There are other jerseys associated with this race that are awarded to cyclists. Bonus points calculation is done, in which the first three winners have some time deducted from their overall time. This practice is held at many intervals throughout the race. The cyclist with the highest points comes out as a winner and is awarded a green jersey. The cyclists with the most points, while cycling over small hills and steep mountains, is termed as ‘King of Mountains’ and is given a polka-dotted jersey. Riders who are 25 years of age and under, with the lowest total times, are given a white jersey.
Riders come very well prepared for this race, usually bringing three different types of bicycles. They use one for time trials, one for flat road stages and one for mountain stages. These bicycles have to meet the standards of the International Cycling Union. All major bicycles manufacturers consider it an honor to present a customized bike to famous cyclists of the race and past winners.
The prize money at the end of Le Tour de France varies every year, but for 2017, the winner will receive a prize of 500,000 euros. There are many different colors that are worn to represent different achievements and awards. If you want to find out what they mean, you can visit read more HERE.
1. Trek Emonda SLR 8 RSL
After the release of the Emonda series back in 2014, Trek realized it was inevitably flawed, so they decided to go back to the drawing board. The goal was to construct the lightest line of road bikes ever offered on the market, finding a good balance between aerodynamics, speed, and weight. This beauty is crafted with one of the lightest USA-made frames, weighing in at just over 13 pounds, with a weight limit of about 275 pounds.
Now taking a look through the customer’s view, the Emonda SLR 8 RSL comes with a lifetime frame warranty and offers a variety of seven different sizes. When riding the bike, one will notice the refined ride quality and evenness to it. This bike rides like a proper race bike should: swift, smooth, light, fast handling and comfortable. FULL STATS
2. Pinarello Dogma F10
Not many bikes manage to look great and shout “quality!” at the same time, especially while sitting still, as Pinarello’s Dogma F10 does so well. Its uncompromisingly fast performance ride tells us that this bike means business! It packs an exhilarating frame fit with minor single digit improvements in stiffness and weight, compared to the highly known Dogma F8.
While riding the F10, you’ll be keen to notice the jumps it makes with the slightest inputs and corners as if you were riding on a racing track. Experiencing this sensation automatically sets the mood to “racing”, which is highly effective for professional cyclists in terms of motivation towards training.
The recent improvement of the aerodynamics in the F10 is but one of the many reasons why this bike is legendary. Even if you’re not much of a racer, an experience with the Dogma F10 will leave you craving more of the “need for speed”. READ MORE
3. Planet X EC-130E
Planet X is a UK road bike brand known for its quality bikes with an exceptional value. Recently, they released their newest edition to the family, the EC-130E. It’s rigorous and carefully designed, and its lightweight aero frame earned it the 2017 Aero bike of the year award. The Planet X EC-130E is available in a range of different builds, allowing the company to showcase the craftsmanship and pride in the bike’s construction.
Planet X permits customers to freely access and upgrade parts of the EC-130E build such as wheels, alter saddles, and peddles to ensure maximum comfort. The bike will then be built perfectly for them according to their preferences. If you’re looking for an aero bike with the option of adjustability to the build, then there’s no better bike than the EC-130E. LEARN MORE
4. Look 795 Aerolight eTap
The LOOK 795 is an epic example of an integrated bicycle series designed to perfection. Mesmerized by this absolute masterpiece, Pro cyclists unraveled this bad boy for the world to see at the 2016 Tour de France. It features the latest 2017 LOOK 795 Aerolight ProTeam, including a fully integrated carbon exterior aero frame, outstanding LOOK integrated aero brakes, and Mavic Cosmic Pro Carbon SL wheels.
The 795 has really taken road bike aerodynamics to a whole new level, and it is internationally recognized by winning multiple design awards, while simultaneously setting a new benchmark for high performance bikes worldwide. READ MORE
A lot bike newbs can’t decide what type of bike they should invest in. Here’s a really good video that breaks things down:
Lol, let’s do a collective laugh for this one. If you don’t have the right seat, you will suffer from a very painfully sore butt over a long ride. Believe me, been there, done that! Do not become a victim and upgrade your equipment as soon as possible. Check this out:
A lot of my friends who are beginner bikers come up to me and ask me how I’m able to pull of beautiful but long distance bike rides and have fun doing it. Well, here is a good video I found that shares some great tips to get things rolling: