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post #1 of 22
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Dear fellow Bears,

I recently accepted the challenge of cycling in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fund-raising event. The Tour de Cure is a series of cycling events held in over 80 cities nationwide. The Tour is a ride, not a race; it features different route lengths from a leisurely 6-mile course to a demanding 100-mile journey. I have joined thousands of others to pedal in support of the Association's mission: to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. I have asked for, and have received, permission from EpicSki.com administration to post this solicitation for a charitable cause.

Specifically, I am riding in the Tour de Cure for Northern Vermont, which starts and ends at Dorset Park in South Burlington, Vermont on June 11, 2006. My team is the “Wing Nuts” – the frankly appropriate name for the group of weekend ski instructors with whom I’m privileged and delighted to work at Smugglers’ Notch. The event on June 11th marks the conclusion of the Northern Vermont Tour de Cure fundraising campaign for this season, and so we need to be sure all contributions we receive are turned in before then - and preferably by June 7th, where possible.

To prepare for this event, I have first taken these steps: (a) Bought a road bike (Bianchi Volpe) (b) Bought those cleated shoes that lock the wearer’s feet into a “grip of death” with the “clipless” pedals. (c) Bought those ridiculously tight shorts and jersey which I am advised is appropriate for this activity and renders useless my attempts to hide my new (just this winter!) paunch. (d) Bought a really speedy looking biking helmet full of holes. And finally, (e) I have worked assiduously to condition myself and learn how to disengage the shoes from the “grip of death” before, rather than after, coming to a full stop. In all fairness to the left side of my frail and aging body, I have seen to it that the scabs, scrapes and bruises on my right knee, elbow and thigh match as closely as can be expected under the circumstances.Very important: In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that you’ll be helping many, many people to deal with their diabetes or to avoid diabetes entirely, you will be allowed to witness a photo of oboe (moi) wearing the aforementioned revealing Lycra duds. This is a once in a lifetime offer, Bears! Let’s get it over with and stop the suffering!

I am asking you to help by supporting my fund-raising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of the 20.8 million Americans who suffer from diabetes and the 40 million people in the United States with pre-diabetes.

It's fast and easy to support this great cause - you can make your donation online by simply clicking the link at the bottom of this message.

Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight against this deadly disease. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.

To make a donation online by credit card, please click on this link – it will take you to my personal Tour de Cure web page for contributions: https://secure2.convio.net/adap/site/Donation?ACTION=SHOW_DONATION_OPTIONS&CAMPAIGN_ID= 4152&PROXY_ID=2870762&PROXY_TYPE=20&FR_ID=3202&JSe rvSessionIdr012=uicdxc4ay1.app25b

For all of you who are sponsoring or will sponsor me in this worthy cause, THANK YOU! All donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes by e-mail (for online contributions) or USPS for checks.

Best regards,

oboe (also known as Bennett Greene)
post #2 of 22
Good luck, Oboe,

Raise a bunch! Oh, BTW, Don't forget the CHAMOIS BUTT'R!!!!!!!! You'll thank me later.
post #3 of 22
Oboe -- good luck with the ride, and I am happy to sponsor you in my own small way. My 16 year old daughter, Daria, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 4 years ago, so we are too familiar with the devastating effects of this disease. She has to test her own blood sugar 5-6 times per day, and gets 4-5 injections of insulin per day -- not the easiest regimen for a teenager to keep up with (don't get me started on how much we have to nag her to clean her room). Fortunately, she keeps her diabetes in fairly good control, and is an active gymnast, soccer player, and skier (of course). She is active at ADA and JDRF events in the Boston area, and we love to hear when other folks are aware and working for a cure for this disease. Seeing the picture of you will just be icing on the cake!

Bob Binder
post #4 of 22
Good luck and good for you!
post #5 of 22
Those shorts wouldn't happen to be RED, would they?:
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thank You!

To those who have made online donations, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You've stepped up to the plate made me feel even better about doing this.

To those who haven't yet made an online donation and want to, there's still time. The Tour de Cure is this Sunday, June 11th. The powers that be are asking me to try to get all donations turned in by Wednesday evening, June 7th - not that the world will end if I don't - but theortically, donations in connection with this particular event can be made through Saturday the 10th. Of course, donations to American Diabetes Association can be made anytime the spirit moves you to do so.

Bonni, red bike shorts probably exist, but I haven't seen them yet. The shorts I wear are basic black, even though that part of my post was in red. However, the scrapes I've accumulated are bright red when they happen, and after a workout on the velo, I'm red all over.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

????

Quote:
Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
Good luck, Oboe,

Raise a bunch! Oh, BTW, Don't forget the CHAMOIS BUTT'R!!!!!!!! You'll thank me later.
What is chamois butt'r?
post #8 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by oboe
What is chamois butt'r?
Cream applied liberally to the inside of your riding shorts to prevent chaffing and such.....That narrow seat can induce very strange sensations over a long ride!!!!
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ragin' cajun'
Cream applied liberally to the inside of your riding shorts to prevent chaffing and such.....That narrow seat can induce very strange sensations over a long ride!!!!
So, ragin', what specific substance do you recommend?
post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by oboe
So, ragin', what specific substance do you recommend?
We use Chamois Butt'r, great skin lubricant, that's the name brand found in most all bike shops. I use to apply it liberally to the chamois cushion in the shorts; however I find it easier to just lather it on directly on the butt and groin areas then slip shorts on. Sounds kinda messy but well worth it, if ya know what I mean....
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by oboe
To prepare for this event, I have first taken these steps: (a) Bought a road bike (Bianchi Volpe) (b) Bought those cleated shoes that lock the wearer’s feet into a “grip of death” with the “clipless” pedals. (c) Bought those ridiculously tight shorts and jersey which I am advised is appropriate for this activity and renders useless my attempts to hide my new (just this winter!) paunch. (d) Bought a really speedy looking biking helmet full of holes.
I did about 60 miles yesterday and saw a number of signs for the upcoming local Tour de Cure. A good cause indeed.

While I applaud your efforts, and am an avid rider who has done a number of centuries over the past few years, I have to say.... you could have just put all that money into a donation, given a LOT more to the cause, and saved yourself the (quite literal) pain in the arse.

Be sure to go out and do some fairly long ride and adjust the bike to minimize any discomfort and get yourself ready for the long haul. BTW, how far are you going to ride?

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 
Let's be clear and up front, John: The Toure de Cure is not only a good cause but was a GREAT excuse to go out and get the bike with all the timmin's. I NEED THE EXERCISE!!!! And it's fun. AND I get to do something with my friends. AND I build up stronger legs and lungs with better endurance. AND the bike will still be there when I reciprocate some of my donors and ride in the MS Tour.

Distance? Get serious. I picked the shortest distance because it's on a bike path. I don't feel ready for the open road, even with a SAG wagon etc. I may ride the path for more than one loop, though. I'll get looped. I've been looping around the neighborhood so I'm never all that far from home "just in case", and the folks at the Alpine Shope in South Burlington have been great about adjusting the bike from time to time. Unfortunately, we've getting more than or share of rain here, but Sunday should be fine. I'll ride, whatever the conditions may be. I'll CERTAINLY show up for the post-ride barbecue.

Next year, I'll STILL have the bike and might be able to run with the big dogs. Maybe.
post #13 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bonni
Those shorts wouldn't happen to be RED, would they?:

Ya mean like THIS??

Which one is Oboe?



Damn,all of a sudden my copy/pastes don't show up automatically - just URL's
post #14 of 22
Thread Starter 
uh . . . well . . .er . . .(ahem) . . . heh heh . . . um . . .
post #15 of 22
Hey Oboe,

Done any of those 0-mph "Oh CRAP, my foot's not coming out of the pedal, and I'm going ovveeeeerrrrrrr: " falls yet?

BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAaaaa
post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by JohnH
Hey Oboe,

Done any of those 0-mph "Oh CRAP, my foot's not coming out of the pedal, and I'm going ovveeeeerrrrrrr: " falls yet?

BWAHAHAHAHAAAAAAaaaa
oh . . . I've done a few - once on the left side and once on the right. Gotta keep those bruises, scrapes and scabs symetrically balanced, donchano.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 
How about this: My ex-wife has sent me a donation of $50! She's a diabetic. She's really, really happy that I'm doing this.

The Tour de Cure will happen Sunday rain or shine - there IS a chance of rain, but I'm prepared. I'm bringing in the donations made by check this evening. Online donations can still be made through Saturday.

Thanks again to all who have made donations or will be making donations!
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
The 2006 Tour de Cure for Northern Vermont is finished!

It was a chilly and rainy day, but with fortitude and dedication, Team Wing Nuts fielded riders for each distance - 10k, 25k, 50k and 100k. Everyone survived! The scenery around Lake Champlain - or as much of it as could be seen in the rain - was beautiful.

Although I was concerned that I'd be over dressed and would over heat, it didn't work out that way. In fact, I never opened the pit zips on my jacket. The difficult part for me was after finishing. The grounds were by then just a sponge soaked with water. I did not know that water would enter the biking shoes through those little holes underneath, that the wind would increase, and that I'd flirt with hypothermia.

Out of 37 teams, Team Wing Nuts placed a not too shabby 5th in money raised. We're proud of our work and proud of and very grateful to all who made donations. The past history of American Diabetes Association indicates that the lion's share of money raised by ADA goes to research, education and assistance.

As for myself, being new to this, I chose the 10k - and it clearly was not enough. I did try to recuit someone to go around the course one more time, but got no takers. Next year, I'll do AT LEAST the 25k.

Thanks to FRAU for that great photo of Team Polska (the serious looking guys in the biking shorts with red crotches). Team Wing Nuts will produce a group photo of its own. Some day, I'll post it on EpicSki.com

The deal was that contributors would, at their respective options, either receive or be spared from receiving a photo of oboe in the Lycra sausage pants and too tight jersey. As it turns out, as a thank you gift for the amount of money I raised, I was given and wore the Tour de Cure jersey and biking shorts, so that's what I'll wear for the photo. During the Tour, however, they were not to be seen, since I wore cold weather clothing over them - tights over the shorts and a hot yellow jacket over the jersey.

Thank you so much for your support! You guys are the greatest!
post #19 of 22
Nice job oboe.

Locally, there's a Harley raffel going on. Procedes to juvenile diabetes.

Helped out some yesterday.

It's all good.
post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Lars. Good on ya.

P.S. BY the way, I did NOT use even a drop of chamois btt'r, and I'm none the worse for that. The guy at the shop has to date this year biked over 1500 miles and never touches the stuff. He says if your pants are adjusted right, you can go for 100 miles, but if they're adjusted wrong, you'll feel awful after 2 miles.

I'll report back on the butt'r matter after I do 25K - soon, I hope. Rain MUST stop first. I've had the radish with this bleeping weather.
post #21 of 22
Hey Oboe -- I thought that you were going to POST that picture of you in your bike duds! I bet that would make folks pony up some contributions.
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
. . . only for those who made donations . . . and of course, for FRAU, who has, shall we say, tossed the guantlet.
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