Vaginas, Bikes & $10 Bucks

Author, Cheri Felix

This week Cheri is pushing 303 to the limit but it's clean and it comes from her heart. Enjoy.

Some of you know me. Most of you don’t. In my other writing life I spend a lot of time writing about vaginas. I know it sounds odd. The vagina part. But hey about half of us have one and apparently all of us like to read about them.

Now that I have your full attention we’re going to go in a completely different direction. But stick with me because we’ll go back to vaginas. You know how we sometimes ask others to support our cause with city council or in a local election? Like when we are asking for more access to trails or to build more bike lanes? We often ask people who don’t mountain bike or road bike. Who don’t own a bike. We even ask people who don’t even want to ride a bike. Well, that’s because it takes more than us to make change. Well that brings me to my main non-vaginal point. Recently it came to my attention that someone named Amy Buss who lives in our community is in the middle of the fight of her life. This kind of fight makes the Tour de France look like hopscotch for toddlers. This kind of fight makes your toughest CX race you’ve ever done in the snow, the sleet, the rain, with a torn ACL, with one pedal, a missing cleat, a broken saddle and let’s throw in an inappropriately placed hole in your shorts look like the easiest day of your life.

Amy Buss is in the eighth year of a battle with melanoma. The cancer seems to find a new place to roost and it’s doing its best to take her away from her husband and her eight year old son Shane. I know; downer, buzz kill, kill joy. One minute we’re talking about vaginas and the next thing you know wham! We’re talking about cancer.

So here’s how I see it. Every single one of us has a profound opportunity to make a difference. Really. We’ve asked you to build trails. We’ve asked you to attend mid week meetings. And we’ve asked you to meet us at the top of Flagstaff to watch men on bikes with very skinny tires ride very fast uphill. Now I’m asking you to help save a life. To give a local family a helping hand. To quite possibly give a boy a chance to grow up with his mom. $10.00 bucks is good. So is $20.00 and more is amazing. If everyone donated what it costs to buy a tube, some Skratch and a snack for the road wouldn’t that be incredible? It takes about 5 minutes to do something good. Why not do it now? Click this for more information.

O.K. back to vaginas. I couldn’t find an appropriate vagina joke or quote so I’ll leave you with a joke I borrowed from Jack and Jill have just climbed Le Alp de Huez, one of the steepest peaks in the Alps on their tandem."Phew, that was a tough climb" said Jill, leaning over, breathing hard. "That climb was so hard, and we were going so slow, I thought we were never going to make it."
"Yeah, good thing I kept the brakes on," said Jack, "or we'd have slid all the way back down!"

News Item: