My name is Ryan and this is Why I Ride

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We've been highlighting the last great bike tours to end your season, yesterday we had a live interview with Pedal the Plains folks (hear the podcast )and today we focus on Tour de Cure, a ride to support people with diabetes. With so many tours in Colorado it can be over whelming which one to pick but for some like Ryan and Deana the choice is easy.

My name is Ryan, and this is why I ride…

Last year, my boss asked me to ride in the Tour de Cure bike event for diabetes. I’d done charity rides before. They’d never meant much, but when I sent out some emails, I couldn’t believe the response—“My two-year-old was just diagnosed with diabetes…. My grandma died last year from diabetes… My five-year-old needs 4 shots of insulin a day just to live.” I was in.

I usually ride about 60 miles on the weekends so I opted for the 100 mile course from Longmont to Estes Park. The morning of the race, I met Christina. She was a Red Rider—those riders who have diabetes-- and was riding the 100 mile alone. She asked me to check on her--that is, if I could keep up with her.

The first 60 miles were a breeze, but around mile 70, that all changed. At that point, there is a 3 mile elevation climb of 2,000 feet. My heart was beating so hard and fast, I felt like it was going to come out of my chest. “Just breathe. In, out. In, out. And keep pedaling.” I felt like stopping, but then I saw a sign that said “Remember who you are riding for.” I felt like quitting, but then I realized that I’d lost sight of Christina. Was she okay?

Podcast on Pedal the Plains with Chef Biju, Skratch Labs and others

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Colorado is the home of many great cycling events, for racers we have Boulder Roubaix, Mt Evans and North Boulder Crit and tour riders have Ride the Rockies, Triple Bypass and Elephant Rock Ride and now this year Colorado will have a birth of a new ride, Pedal the Plains. Tonight's live podcast show was with the ride director, Chandler Smith, Reed Rowley from the Govenor's office, Chef Biju, Jon from Skratch Labs, and me, the geek who likes to ride.

Listen to internet radio with overthetop on Blog Talk Radio


Clockwise from center, Biju, Reed, George Thomas (headphones), hidden is Chandler

Thanks to George Thomas with Over the top Radio for making this podcast happen!

Wheat Ridge “Lightweight” flying for Gold at London’s BMX Olympics

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Watch BMX preliminary today and the finals on the 10th

Local boy David Herman is the number one rider on the USA BMX Team competing at the London Olympics – aiming for the Gold Medal as he leads the US squad of five against 43 other male and female contenders from 22 countries between August 8th -10th.

More popular than ever after its 2008 debut in Beijing, the BMX racing discipline is returning to the Olympic Games this year with Dave Herman (24) of Wheat Ridge, CO, at the helm of the USA Team. Sole automatic qualifier for the USA men’s side after taking fifth at the UCI BMX World Championships in May, Herman placed even ahead of Maris Strombergs – the world’s first BMX Olympic Gold Medalist.

This victory has made David “The Hermanator” Herman the top-ranked male athlete in USA Cycling’s BMX Power Rankings. “Dave’s a really great athlete. With his shy, modest way of training hard and taking victory in his stride, he’s an absolute bonus for our team,” describes Free Agent-Rock Star manager Dale Holmes. “I signed him up while scouting for Olympic talent last year – and I really hit the jackpot!” USA’s best hope, he is one of Free Agent-Rockstar’s most valued riders, and top of the elite Senso New Heroes Team for Velo Saddles. 

Before mounting the podium the BMX world championships in Birmingham in May, the USA Cycling athlete finished 3rd in the first World Cup of the season in California and 3rd in the World Cup race in the Netherlands. "My confidence is high," says Dave, grinning his shy but contagious smile. “I’m not just out to ride the Olympics, I’m off to win a medal!” With his mere 155 lbs., he is small by BMX standards. But what he may lack in momentum landing on the backside of a jump, he makes up with being fast at the start – where many BMX races have been decided. His saddle, he says, is an advantage – allowing him that extra flexibility with practically zero weight.

The new darling of the US BMX racing scene, Dave can pick and choose what he cares to ride and the equipment he prefers to use. He’s happy to divulge his secrets: “My saddle is one of the lightest you can get, the Senso VL 1200 BMX Carbon from Velo. He especially likes the saddle’s fast design, which complements the dynamics of his bike, the Free Agent Limo. “I ride this because it’s the best BMX bike on the market, with unique tubing – unlike any other bike I’ve ridden."

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