Riding for a Reason

Changing the world, one mile at a time


greg1About me

My name is Greg.  I’m 27 years old and I live in the Milwaukee area.  On New Year’s Eve 2008, some buddies and I made a New Year’s resolution to do a triathlon together.  Little did I know that it would spark a passion in me and completely change my life.  I began training for a “pre-triathlon” before the July race that we chose.  I competed in my first Tri using my mountain bike from middle school, and trained 2-3 times a week, not really knowing what to do or what to expect.  My intent was that if this was something I enjoyed, I would buy a road bike to continue competing.  Well I fell in love with the sport!  Although my bike time was pretty slow at about 13.5 mph, the positive atmosphere and my competitiveness was quite a euphoric experience.  A couple weeks later I found a used road bike on Craigslist that was too good of a deal to turn down.

Now that I had invested into the sport of triathlons, I new I had to help justify that investment aside from 4+ races a season.  I decided I was going to bike to work 1-2 times per week.  At 32 miles round trip, it’s a pretty long haul at 5am in the morning, but the view is worth it!  I set a goal to bike 500 miles during the summer of 2009 and I accomplished that in 3 months!  Every time I get on the bike, my passion just grows deeper for the sport.

My mission

I originally started this blog as a personal diary to keep track of my biking adventures.  While that will always remain a part of it, I’ve decided to add another layer to it.  I thought, if I’m going to keep logging these miles, why don’t I start to do it for a reason other than myself.  This is why I renamed this blog to Riding for a Reason.  Starting January 1st, 2010 every mile that I ride is going to be for a charitable cause.  In the next few months I will be researching charitable organizations to decide which one I will focus on next year.  Each year I will select a different charity and use this as a format to not only share my experiences and fundraising successes, but also to post information and articles to help raise awareness for that charity.

If you have any ideas for charities that you think I should consider, or if you would like to join in on my efforts, please let me know.  The more the merrier!  My initial goal is going to be 1,000 miles in 2010. 

Want to join the movement?  Send me an e-mail and let me know you’re interested.  If you want to do some rides after work, a couple charity rides, or commit to a certain number of miles in 2010 any support would be welcomed!  As a team goal in 2010, I would like to reach 3,200 miles, or the approximate distance from the west to east coast.

First and foremost the goal of this journey is to raise awareness about diseases that are affecting our friends and family around the world and the charities that are working hard to find a cure and improve the lives of others.


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