Sunday was the perfect day, blue sky and cool morning temperatures, but warming comfortably during the day. We had a good turnout at Rastelli’s for a ride to the Pemberton Wawa. We also had a contingent of riders heading to Atlantic City on the Tour de Shore. Let’s hope that all of August’s Sundays are like this past one.
We’ve added a photo gallery to the Team Evesham website. It’s the new menu item “Gallery” at the top of the home page, it contains 80 selected photos from the 500+ that team member Rich Stolz took of the team and individual riders on July 2nd. Be sure to check it out, and thank you Rich.
Sami Sorid – Move for Mental Health
Last week the Currier Post did a feature article on Sami Sorid and the charity ride she is organizing, “Move for Mental Health”. The article is below in its entirety. Please read it, it shows what an amazing teammate we have in Sami. You can register for the ride here.
MOUNT LAUREL – Seeking a way to help people like herself who have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, 17-year-old Samantha Sorid found inspiration in the miles speeding under her racer-thin bike tires every weekend.
On Sept. 10, the Lenape High School senior will lead a host of volunteers at the first Move for Mental Health ride to benefit the Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey. The 5-mile, 25-mile and 50-mile routes will start at Laurel Acres Park at 1045 S. Church St. in Mount Laurel.
She hopes 150 riders will join; already, about 60 riders have signed up for the event, whose sponsors include Wegmans and Holman Enterprises. While the $25 registration fee will help cover the event’s costs, each rider’s $20 minimum donation will go directly to the nonprofit.
As one of the youngest members of the long-distance cycling club, Team Evesham, Sorid regularly takes 35-mile rides through South Jersey’s countryside. The endurance sport has been among the strategies the aspiring psychologist has used to manage obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Diagnosed at age 3, Sorid overcame a compulsion that kept her from completing assignments in first grade. Through medication and therapy, she is now an honors student applying for colleges, while devoting countless hours to organizing a fundraiser.
“I’ve been trying to make a little bit of a difference in that community, because I know what it’s like to live with a mental illness every single day,” Sorid said, during an interview at home with her father, Jon Sorid. “I’ve been lucky enough to overcome a lot of what I’ve had to deal with.”
After participating in another charity ride to the shore, Sorid began researching ways to launch her own fundraiser.
Her dad, a planner by nature, wrote out the steps involved, from setting a budget and building a website, to buying insurance coverage and ordering T-shirts for riders. She attended municipal meetings, visited the local police to set up security, obtained permission for planned rest stops, and drummed up sponsors to help cover the expenses.
She also enlisted support from Mary’s Fund, launched in memory of Mary Sherlach, a psychologist at Sandy Hook Elementary School, who died during the 2012 mass shooting in Connecticut.
“I’ve been learning a lot about how things work,” Sorid said. In some cases, she needed her father to persuade people her efforts were serious, but she was the one behind a bullhorn on a recent Sunday, sharing her story and rallying riders on her team to sign up.
At first, the thought of going public with her diagnosis was scary, the teen admitted.
“There is a big stigma associated with it,” Sorid said. “I didn’t really want to get wrapped up in that. But with this project, I realized that’s the reason I’m doing this. I’m doing this to try to break the stigma in my community and, hopefully, beyond.”
“Nobody would know (about the diagnosis) if I didn’t say anything,” she added. “But I think that would be a waste, because there are so many people who aren’t as fortunate as I was to get help, who won’t be able to overcome it as quickly as I did. I’m doing this for them.”
After her bullhorn speech, many people came up and thanked her for undertaking the cause, and shared their own stories.
“It’s been worth it,” she noted.
Sandy Student, Team Evesham’s founder, called Sorid “one of my rising stars,” who won the team’s most-improved-rider award two years ago.
“To see her do her own ride is nothing short of amazing,” said Student, who is also vice president of the Evesham Board of Education. “We need more kids like Sami, her family and parents. It’s just an incredible story.”
He recalled a hot and humid summer day a couple of years ago, when the teen decided she wanted to learn how to bike up a hill, a task Student said most long-distance cyclists avoid.
“Sami was not going to be denied. She climbed it,” Student said. “Nothing stands in her way.”
For more information or to register, visit http://bit.ly/2sAYGHN
To volunteer, email email@example.com
Come climb with us this Saturday, August 4.
BW2 PENNINGTON – BRICK FARM MARKET – PURE ENERGY CYCLE 53M 3400FT
Team Evesham Rides
- Thursday, August 3rd at 6pm. – B level, 20 mile ride will start from the Indian Spring Country Club, 115 S. Elmwood Rd., Marlton, NJ 08053. Please bring bicycle lights, although we are planning to be back before dark.
- Friday, August 4th at 8:00am – C+/B level ride for 30+/- miles starting from Rastelli Market Fresh at 710 NJ-73, Evesham Township, NJ.
- Saturday, August 5th at 8:00am – C and B levels 25 mile ride from Rastelli Market Fresh at 710 NJ-73, Evesham Township, NJ.
- Saturday, August 5th at 8:00am – Join us at the Pennington Square Shopping Center, 7 NJ Route 31, in Pennington, NJ. We meet at 8:00am. This ride will have over 3400 feet of climbing and it is a challenging route. We would classify this ride as a B+ level. Your ride leader is Brett Wartenberg, contact him for more details 609-332-8766. The route is BW2 PENNINGTON – BRICK FARM MARKET – PURE ENERGY CYCLE 53M 3400FT
- Sunday, August 6th at 8:00am – All level (A, B+, B, C+, C) ride starting from Rastelli Market Fresh at 710 NJ-73, Evesham Township, NJ. The routes will be published later this week.
- Monday, August 7th at 5:30am – Dawn Patrol ride. Join these early morning riders for a quick jaunt thru the Pinelands. This ride meets at Rastelli’s on Route 73 in Marlton. Both front and rear lights are mandatory for this ride.This is a “B” pace ride. * see note below
- Wednesday, August 9th at 5:30am – Dawn Patrol ride. Join these early morning riders for a quick jaunt thru the Pinelands. This ride meets at Rastelli’s on Route 73 in Marlton. Both front and rear lights are mandatory for this ride. This is a “B” pace ride. * see note below
* Dawn patrol – Website updates may not be possible with this ride. In the interest of safety wet roads and rain on the windshield automatically cancel these Monday and Wednesday rides.
- 8/05/2017 – Princeton Free Wheelers 2017 Event
- 8/06/2017 – Hazon, Tribe Ride: Ride th Pines
- 9/10/2017 – Move for Mental Health
- 9/16/2017 – Foster 100
- 9/23-24/2017 – MS City to Shore
- 10/8/2017 – Bike for Bancroft
- 10/15/2017 – Covered Bridges Ride