I started riding 6 years ago on what I would call a dare / challenge. I was attending an information session on the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Ride to Cure Program. I had no intent on signing up and riding, I was just there for support. However, one of my fellow board members who was a rider, challenged me to sign up. I of course, could not turn down the challenge. I signed up for the JDRF Ride in Tucson that night. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I went for my first bike ride a few weeks later on my hybrid bike. We rode approximately 20 – 30 miles that day. I’m not sure how I made it up those hills or even that distance. I decided after that ride that I was never going to be able to keep up or complete the ride in Tucson, if I didn’t have a road bike, so off to the bike shop I went to buy my first bike.
After I got my bike, a friend of mine told me about her friend Sandy and how he cycles. I looked Sandy up and discovered Team Evesham. They welcomed me to the group and helped me learn to ride. Whether they know it or not, they prepared me for my first century ride.
It wasn’t the easiest ride I have ever done but as determined as I was to accept the challenge of riding, I was even more determined to complete the century ride. I was the last of the JDRF riders to finish, but I had finished. Crossing that finish line was something that I will never forget.
Five years after I accepted that challenge to ride, I’m still riding. I couldn’t imagine not riding. I’ve met some of my best friends through Team Evesham. You always know that whatever ride you do or however often you ride with the team, that you are always greeted with open arms, have a great ride experience, and the opportunity to meet the most awesome people. I’m looking forward to my future rides with the team and future friendships.