Monday, July 21, 2014

Cycling can be lonely. Long hours on the road, training when no one else wants to go out. All because you don't necessarily like it,  but because you have some big ride looming in the distance. You can never get enough miles in, never push hard enough. Then you say WTH, good enough....
Cycling though is really about a community. I got into it because of my neighborhood friends were riding. They push me, help me fix flats, crack me up, schedule 5:30am rides and make me a better rider. Once in awhile we even go out and stop halfway for professional cycling beverages, food and camaraderie. Riding alone makes you stronger. Riding with your friends makes you better, especially if you have a cool cycling cap.

Friday, July 18, 2014

2014 Tour des Trees Just a Week Away!

The 2014 Stihl Tour des Trees is just a week away and I will be again riding in this great event. Nearly 100 riders will begin cycling from Milwaukee on Sunday, July 27th and will pedal their way through the state of Wisconsin ending back in Milwaukee on Saturday, August 2nd just in time for the International Society of Arboriculture's meeting.

This year's cycling route is approximately 600 miles through America's dairyland. The Tour des Trees is the primary fundraising event for the TREE FUND which raises money for arboricultural research. Each rider must raise at least $3500 and in years past this event has raised as much as $600,000 for research. Of interest to me is research that helps keep our tree workers safe in an industry that has far too many serious and life altering accidents.

This will be the second Tour des Trees for me. My first was two years ago in Oregon where we tackled over 30,000 feet of climbing. I've been cycling now for a few years and feel much more confident about this year's event. I know it will still be hard and the thought of riding 100 miles every day for a week is a bit daunting. Yet, like most things in life, it is all about putting one day in front of the other and to just keep the legs moving. The support and friendship on the tour is amazing and one of the reasons you keep pedaling.

Look for more updates along the way. Ride on!