Riding for a Reason

Changing the world, one mile at a time

2016 Olympic Cycling to be held near Madison?

Chicago2016There has been a lot of talk lately about the 2016 Olympics and Chicago’s chances of landing the bid.  We will find out next Friday, October 2nd, when the host city is announced.  More importantly for Cycling fans and the State of Wisconsin, the mountain and road cycling events would be held near Madison in Blue Mounds, WI.  The area is well known for it’s hilly terrain and is host to the annual Horribly Hilly Hundred ride.

Here’s a great ESPN article about choosing the location for the course.

Olympic bid could help bring high speed rail to Wisconsin

With the cycling events scheduled to be held about 160 miles from the host city of Chicago, transportation could be an issue for both the athletes as well as spectators.  Cars will not be allowed at the venue, so spectators would need to be shuttled to the race.  This would add yet another argument for Wisconsin to build a high speed rail from Chicago to Milwaukee to Madison by that time.  In addition to cycling events, the sheer volume of people attending the olympics would add tourism opportunities for both Madison and Milwaukee to host visitors with the dense population of Chicago.

Want to test out the course?

It may not be the mountains that cyclists climb through in the Tour de France, but this isn’t a walk in the park!  The 22-mile loop ranges in elevations from 750 to 1,750 feet.  Here is the mapmyride.com route.  If you want to check out a race there, check out the Tour of America’s Dairyland.


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September 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Work Travel = Stationary Bike

So this week I’m traveling for work which definitely limits what I can do in regards to exercise and mainly cycling.  I’m less than two weeks away from the J-Hawk Latebird Triathlon in Whitewater and I really didn’t want to start tapering already.  I managed to get a solid 3 mile run in at lunch on Monday before we left, but I still wasn’t satisfied.  So I’m left with two options…  Option A) Calculate a random route in Laredo with lots of stop lights and run in the dark in 85 degree temps or B) Workout in the “workout room” at the hotel.  And I use that term loosely.

I decided on option B.  After trying to run on the treadmill Continue reading

September 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pictures from my work commute

As promised, here’s the pictures along my work commute when I ride in.  Click on any of the images to enlarge them.

Along the bike path…



The Crazy House in Cudahy…


Front of the house

Side of the house

Side of the house


Back yard

Back yard

September 12, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

What Type of Cyclist Are You?

Came across this entertaining article from bikehacks.com.  Check out the full article here which includes examples of several types of riders. :o)

Basket Gal: This is the gal that is rocking a front basket with all sorts of stuff in it, most often including a helmet. Basket gal must believe that as soon as she starts to fall or gets hit by a car, that in the split second before she hits the ground she will be able to, in one swift motion, reach down into her basket, scoop out her helmet, fling it onto her head and snap the buckle before her dome meets the ground.

Breeder Guy: This is the guy who is transporting more than one small human. He is a family man and is not going to let breeding stand in the way of his bike lifestyle. The combination of gear can be different, but there is one guy in charge of himself and two other people. Having just one kid in my eyes does not make you a true breeder, it’s when you add a second that the “breeder” moniker enters my vocabulary. The most common one I see is the “Trail-a-bike” being towed behind along with a child seat on the back of his bike. It’s also funny to see this guy after he drops off the kids towing an empty bike behind him.


Butter Guy: This is the guy who is obviously involved in some sort of competitive racing because he wears shoe covers, but not the winter kind to protect you from the cold – rather very bright (often pink, yellow, or white) that I guess are meant to reduce drag. He wants to cut through the air like butter . . . and if his shoe covers are yellow his feet look like sticks of butter.

Cleavage Gal: I might get hate mail from guys on this one if it leads to corrective action from the female cycling community. I’m not sure if some female riders are aware, probably not because of the large instance of this, but when riding a bike and leaning forward in any capacity while wearing a low cut shirt, your cleavage is exposed in all its glory and is sure to catch the eyes of male riders coming in the opposite direction Continue reading

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Work Ride and a New Group Ride

Tuesday I got back to riding my bike to work.  Now that summer hours are over, I can wait for the sun to come up a little more before leaving the house.  The weather has been PERFECT lately, which made for a really nice morning ride.  This week I took a camera along and snapped some photos along the way of my ride to and from work.  It was a little foggy in the morning but I think the pictures turned out pretty well.  I promise to get them up tonight!  I got some great views of the lake from the bike path as well as the crazy house in Cudahy that most south siders know about. :)  It was a relaxed 33 miles.


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Wednesday I took a half day at work to go on a networking ride with the Midwest Cycling Network.  Basically a bunch of professionals that meet to ride once a month and chit chat a little bit.  Really friendly and fun group of people.  Although towards the end of the ride I was doing a lot less chit chatting and a lot more huffing and puffing!!!   Needless to say, the south side of Milwaukee is much flatter than the west suburbs.  Yeesh!  It didn’t help that I ate too big of a lunch beforehand.  Some things you just have to learn the hard way!  We finished 32 miles in about 1:45.  A solid afternoon ride!

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Friday = PERFECT day for a 50 mile ride!

On Friday, my friend Jayson and I met up for a 50 mile ride. I had the day off, so it was a perfect opportunity to get out for a long ride. We started out in West Allis and hopped on a bike path heading west to Dousman, passing Carrol College and through a few small towns on the way. Our turnaround point was at Bicycle Doctor in Dousman, WI.  While we were stopped I strolled through the store to check it out.  Pretty great store actually.  They have a huge selection of bikes including Orbea and Cervelo bikes.  Definitely will have to head there again soon.

The ride was pretty normal.  Not a lot of exciting things happened, although there were a lot of chipmunks sharing the path with us which was entertaining.  A solid 49 total miles in about 2.5 hours.  Felt pretty good even though I was a little sore from running 2 days before. :)

When I post tomorrow about my work commute I should have some great pictures from the ride.  I decided to play photographer as I was riding today, so I got some good shots.  I should have the crazy house in Cudahy as well!


I signed up as a bluegrass fundraising community leader last week and got a packet full of usefull information.  I’m reading through it right now and finalizing my strategy and will report back as soon as I have something finalized. 

I’ve also got my first Riding for a Reason teammate as well!  Jenni will be committing to miles for LIVESTRONG as well.  I’ll get her bio up soon!  Welcome Jenni!

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

This Woman’s Work – Dedication to all those who have suffered from cancer

This was on the last season of So You Think You Can Dance. No words can really describe how powerful it is, so see for yourself.

September 2, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Riding for LIVESTRONG in 2010!!!

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After the vote for several weeks, it has been decided that I will be riding for LIVESTRONG as my sponsored charity in 2010.  I am extremely excited for this opportunity and to help raise cancer awareness!

I have also decided on a logo for Riding for a Reason.  Again, special thanks to Mary Navolio and Michelle Podmokly for the amazing logos that they created for the site.  I never could have come up with something nearly as cool as any of their designs!!  I present to you, the logo…


Stay tuned for the jersey and shorts design!

September 1, 2009 Posted by | cancer, Charity, Cycling, Lance Armstrong, LIVESTRONG | , , , , , | 1 Comment