Here is more info on the ride that Mark will be doing and dedicating to El Grupo. Thanks to Mark for coming over to Nathan’s birthday party, for wearing your new El Grupo jersey proud, and for setting such an amazing example of enthusiasm, dedication, and determination for our El Grupo youth.

“A week from tomorrow – Saturday April 30th, I’ll be taking on the PBAA record of riding the perimeter of Arizona. The record for the 1780 miles is 9 days, 10 hours, 43 minutes – approx 179/day of riding.  This was set back in 1998 by Jim Kemper of Tucson.  I’ll be following Jim’s route in a clockwise direction starting down here in Green Valley, up to Tucson, over to Ajo, Gila Bend, Yuma, Quartzsite, Parker, Lake Havasu, St George, Utah, Fredonia, Page, Kayenta, Window Rock, Springerville, Alpine. Morenci/Clifton, Duncan, Lordsburg, NM, Douglas, Bisbee, Sierra Vista, Sonoita, Patgonia, Nogales, then Green Valley.   I will be riding solo ( no drafting) and will have a small crew (RV driver/cook, bike mechanic – Alex from Fairwheel!, and a massage therapist).

I’m telling you about this because there is a small charity that will benefit by this event as well.  It’s El Grupo – the kids that are out on the old man shootout, learning bike skills, responsibility, and getting fit!  Ignacio and Daniela are the great leaders of this 501C-3 charity.  My goal is to raise enough funds to get a dozen kids to the summer Colorado camp in Durango. The total cost is about $6K.  Laura and I have already committed a generous amount, but we still need $1K!  Please consider a smallish donation, $25 to El Grupo to help out.”

Please be sure to THANK MARK when you see him out on rides! We wish you the best on your ride and adventure. We know that Alex Strickland will take care of you VERY WELL out there. And we look forward to your stories when you return safely!

Check out more perimeter records from around the world here. Guess who holds the record for riding the perimeters of most cities around the world?? The first to find it out and post it will get a prize, no joke!


8 Responses to “Mark Mandel’s quest for the AZ perimeter record!”

  1. kathleendreier

    Mark, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so grateful for your generosity. My gratitude also to your wife, our wonderful Alex and the rest of your support crew.
    Kathleen (Logan’s mom)

    Ignacio/Daniela….I will post the blog about Mark also on the Facebook page.

  2. Cathy

    I know I know!!!!

    I didn’t even have to look… but if i’m wrong ill feel silly 🙂

    ~Emily F.

  3. daniela

    I’ve purposely edited a few comments here to keep others searching 🙂

  4. adkisson

    So I dont ruin it for people.
    His first name is edward!
    His middle name is _ _ _ _ _!
    And he’s awesome.

  5. Jade

    Again, not to ruin it for people. Edward……….Feldhake III. And i see him about 3-5 times a week! And, he is awesome!!