Swap Meet and CTS

Bicycle Swap Meet Saturday November, 13th

This is a very fun event that is often one of the biggest fundraisers for the team. Annually we have a few bikes to sell, some t-shirts, jerseys, and BAKED GOODS.

The event starts at 8am officially, however I will be out at 5am to set up. I will get our area set up, with tables, chairs, and bikes. I will need little help at this crazy hour. Really the meat of where we need help is between 8am and 12 noon. If I could have 3 people per hour helping that would be great. 2 for valet and 1 to help me with the merchandise. I will need to leave there no later than 12 to get to CTS (see below) with a few of you, so we need the most help from 11:30 – 2pm to raise some money and gather our stuff at the end.

If you can not make it or would rather bake, I need as many baked goods as possible. Well of course not as crazy possible, but I have had some good luck in the past selling them and it seems to go over well, so let’s try it again. Single serving items like cookies and brownies are easy to sell, but really anything you are comfortable contributing is just great.  We have been able to raise over $1000 at a swap meet before, which goes a long way with El Grupo, so this is indeed very important!

Carmichael Training Systems

One of our sponsors is having a grand opening on Saturday afternoon. What I need is 3 volunteers for demonstrations. I need two for LT/VO2max tests and one for Bike fit.  I will need parental signatures if they are minors.  These 3 could also volunteer to race on the computrainers at the end of the day if they wish. The race will be a 3 mile race led by 2009 US National Criterium Champion John Murphy.

Volunteers will need to be veteran riders and will need to help from the hours of 12 to 4pm. You will need your cycling clothes, a good head on your shoulders, and a lot of smiles. You will be doing some computer testing stuff, bike fit demos, and the like. I also will be at this event the whole time. Long day. If you would like to do this then your participation at the Swap meet will be less and not that early, I would imagine. Also at CTS you will need full riding gear and road racing bike.

Please everyone let’s have a big responding session to figure out our hours and thanks again for all your fantastic support and work today. I do apologize if this feels at all last minute. This is a crazy time of year and I am just trying to keep up with it, so thanks all for the help!


Thank You

Most important— THANK YOU— to all the riders that came to the PBAA today and worked hard and diligently to get their work trade done.
Also to Cathy and Cherish for coming, helping, singing, and getting breakfast for us.
And a HUGE THANK YOU to NIPPY. Man you are so awesome to this team. Always helping at the toughest, most important times. Thanks so much for your support, help, and guidance. THANKS NIPPY.

The Hours we did today put us super close to the 10 we all need. We have some options still left open to us, and I will be sure to do my best to get that info to everyone in prompt time, so we can finish our hours. Thanks everyone for your patience on this, I too would not like to have this so pressed, I’m trying.

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A GPS map of the A team’s ride yesterday

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Silverbell recap

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Silverbell Century Final Post

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Testing Testing

1  2   3 Well…while I am here. Check this out. It’s a Belgian pop song about cyclocross. I have no idea what she is saying. Only in Belgium  do you get a pop song about cyclocross. enjoy+ hunter