Trek Women
October 16, 2007

So worth some frost bite...

Trek_bc_aware_ride_1_2It was about 6:00 am on Saturday as I was getting set to head up I-95 to Levittown, PA for the Trek WSD Breast Cancer Awareness Ride hosted by Bucks County Bicycle Company when I realized that I had left my bike rack at Russ’ house. For a second, I toyed with slipping back under the covers and calling it a day. But for me, this was more than a ride for a great cause; I was doing it in honor of my Aunt Beth, a breast cancer survivor and cyclist too.

Plan B – open the lid on my wee convertible and maneuver my bike into the passenger seat. I layered up in fleece, cranked the heat and hit the road for the 3-hour drive north. It was teeth-chatteringly cold; Trek_bc_aware_ridebut this was important and worth some frost bite.

I met up with my fellow Trek chick, Jen, and her lovely friends, Carla and Suzanne, at the bike shop. Scott, the owner, is awesome. He opened his store 18 months ago and it’s this friendly, lounge-y hang out for folks who love biking. And he’s only 26! You must stop by if you’re in the Philly area.

It was the perfect Fall day for a ride and extra-special to do it with others who have been touched by cancer. As I rode, I thought of my Aunt and the month I spent with her while she was receiving chemo. Aunt_beth_on_bike1aToday, she’s a survivor and did two 25-mile rides of her own this summer. She puts about 60 miles a week on her leisure bike and is thinking about changing to a lighter, faster hybrid.

I’m so proud that I was one of the thousands of cyclists nationwide who participated in a Trek Ride this weekend. By supporting research, we can find a cure for this devastating disease in our lifetime.

P.S. 100% of the ride registration fees are being donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.   

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