In the time that I’ve been at Cascade, I’ve heard some pretty great stories about people riding the Group Health STP:
Cascade legend Jerry Baker, now 69, has been doing it every year since it started. Paul Wantzelius, who passed away this year, was the only other person able to claim this achievement.
Some of the Major Taylor teens I rode it with last year had never ridden more than 10 miles at a time a couple months before the ride, and a number of them had never been outside Seattle. For them the ride was a life changing achievement.
And Cascade member Mandy Williams, who was badly injured a couple years ago when she was hit by a drunk driver, has been training like crazy (even with bronchitis this past month!) to ride it as a fundraiser for Homeboy Industries.
Raleigh has recently launched a new website, MyCyclingEvent.com, full of stories, events, and resources for cyclists. A number of the stories will be highlighted on their “Why I Ride” page, and one lucky storyteller will win the bike on July 1, just in time to get it all set up for STP.
To enter, submit your story (250 words or fewer) to email@example.com by noon on Tuesday, June 28th. Good luck, and happy riding!