Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bivona's Ride for Missing Children: Van Gothner's Best Buddies

There are so many rides taking place this May, and BBB would like to mention them all.

Time constraints make that difficult. We'll be posting a round up soon, but here is mentioned two rides mostly to benefit children.

The first is a ride for Missing and Exploited Children, as hosted and ridden by Lou Bivona who is on the board of the organization (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, or NCMEC).

The other half of BBB (Hotvelociti) designed and produced NCMEC's bike jersey, (here displayed). It's available at the Tenafly Bike Workshop and the Piermont Bicycle Connection.

But in the meantime, please take a moment to give a couple of bucks to Bivona's ride. On the 15th he'll be riding 100 miles for the children. This includes little children snatched off the streets, and kept either for ransom, or tortured or killed. NCMEC is instrumental in searching for those children in a timely fashion before they are hurt.

Even if you give a small portion of your money--like $5 or $10 or $15, or more if you can afford it, the dollars will be used to save the poor little ones from destruction by the loonies who have taken them. Below is the message from Bivona:

Dear Friend,

We are all in a tough economy but we cannot look away for that reason. Your donation is so important to helping our children not face the horrors of being exploited.
For that reason last Friday we rode 100 miles on our bikes in Buffalo and tomorrow, Friday May 15th we are riding another 100 miles in Rochester to show how strongly we feel about the problem facing our children. I would like you to join me by clicking on the link at the end of this message below to show your support in making a change for our kids.

http://www.active.com/donate/rochesterride2009/LBivona1

Lou Bivona
lou@taverndirect.com
8 Somerset Rd
Tenafly NJ 07670
585 738 3018
www.taverndirect.com
Also of note is a ride by Van Gothner and Betsy Davison called Little Buddies Challenge which takes place May 30t. It's a fundraiser for children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The Van Gothners, if you recall, were very good friends of Camille Savoy, who was struck and killed last November by a careless driver on Rte. 9W in Alpine, NJ.

They came to Savoy's bike memorial in December and recalled him with great emotion. Savoy used to ride with the Gothner and Davison in the annual Best Buddies ride. Now, his ghost bike sits, with buds just appearing on the two trees planted in his memory.

Van and Betsey will be riding and would love to have your contribution, whatever it is. Feel generous, and give--for the children!!! Here is a message from the couple:
Friends-

It is now just over 2 weeks until we ride.

Please make your contribution before May 22nd and support Best Buddies' efforts and programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

Click on the following link to reach our family donation page.


Thank you,

Van Gothner & Betsy Davison


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Race on River Road this Saturday, May 16

Alpine, NJ from the New York side.

It's bike month, and how better to celebrate than by racing on a local road that HAS NO CARS!

Yes BBB has been waiting for this day for a long time: A time trial put on by Century Road Club Association this coming Saturday, May 16. (Well, there was another one earlier this year, but both are firsts for RIver Road.)

The race will start at the Alpine boat basin parking lot. This is easily accessible either from Alpine, NJ (via 9W) or from the end of "River Road" just south of the GWB.

Please note there is a gigantic NEW rockslide between Ross Dock (Palisades Ave.) and the Alpine Boat Basin on River Road though it is passable by bike (not by car). Give yourself a little more time if taking this route, because there is other debris on the road that requires extra care to get around.

The race will go from the Alpine boat basin to the top of the hill in Alpine, NJ, with a return. The total mileage is approximately 1.5 miles. The race is open to all with a USCF license or a USCF 1-Day license ($10), but is limited to 120 entries.

Categories include men's 1/2/3 and Pro, women's, Cat 4, Cat 5, Masters 40 plus and Masters 50 plus. Online registration closes on Thursday, May 14, but you can also register on site for $15. All of the categories show a 7:45 am start time, but go in the order shown above, with 1:30 minutes between riders.

The Alpine event will be a fund raiser for the New York Alzheimer’s Association, one of the charities supported by the Foundation sub-team. Additional donations will be gratefully accepted.

Alpine Hill Climb Categories
Pro/1/2/3
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
$150/3

Women
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
$100/3

Cat 4
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
$100/3

Cat 5
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
medals

Masters 40+
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
$50/3

Masters 50+
1.5
miles
7:45 AM
$15
$50/3
Alpine Hill Climb TT