Sunday, July 29, 2007

You Say You Want a Revolution


We've previously mentioned BORP (the Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program) several times in these pages. This is the sports and recreation program for people with disabilities. It was through their cycling program that we first figured out that I could get back on a bike and what kind I should be looking for.

At the time we discovered them, we later learned, their cycling program lay in ruins. Thieves had broken into the storage building and hauled away every single bike, trike, handcycle and tandem as well as every tool, spare part and tire tube. The entire cycling program was eradicated in one night.

While we were impressed when we first saw their set up, apparently this was nothing compared to the array of gear they used to have (especially, all the kid sized cycles). Lisa (who maintains a wait-and-see attitude toward the afterlife) has no doubts that there is a very special circle of Hell reserved for the heartless jerks who steal bicycles from disabled children.

BORP holds a huge cycling event every year as a fundraiser and Lisa and I have signed up to ride 25 miles as a way to show our support and say thank you. This is a big challenge. The farthest I've been able to ride so far is about 12 miles, but I'm confident I'll get there.

So, today, we're announcing "Team How's Robb" –– (OK, so far it's just Lisa and me but we had to give it a name.) and we're asking for your help. Please follow this link to our Revolution 07 page where you can find out more about how you can help us support this great organization and the important work they do.

You can also join Team HowsRobb and ride with us through Sonoma wine country on October 6th. Sound enticing? (I didn't even mention the music festival, wine tasting and complimentary massage.) Even if you can't ride with us, any show of support would mean a lot to us. Thanks.


Kath said...

Were you out training for the ride near Aquatic Park today? I just happened to look up as I was exiting the 80 onto University this afternoon and spotted you up above me on the walkway/bridge to the right of the freeway... at least I think it was you!

Go Team How's Robb!


Anonymous said...

Can we just sign up for the massage and wine tasting?

Annalisa and Gary

Anonymous said...

Hope you don't mind but I posted about this on two different Atlasquest boards. I hope it helps!


. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

K- Yes that was me. Not training though. I was pacing lisa nd Kara as we headed over the the kite festival.

LW- Post away! and thanks for your donation.

knitica said...

Man, stealing bikes from disabled kids. I can no longer bitch about the two bikes stolen from me (2 separate thefts, one of which left me to walk home). Thanks a lot Robb.

velogirl said...

Hi Lisa & Robb! I saw Lisa's post on the TE forum. I have a new client who is a handcyclist and is interested in finding other adult handcyclists to ride with (since her pace is slower than standard bicycles). BORP has been unable at this point to connect her with other adults with their own bikes. I'm going to share your blog with her if you don't mind.


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