Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tulsa Tough Bicycle Giveaway....

It was lunchtime. I'd just put a peanut butter cracker in my mouth when my cellphone rang.

Helloph?” I mumbled around the cracker.

Sandra was on the line. “Hello? Ed?”

I swallowed hard, dry cracker dust and peanut butter coating my throat and making my voice raspy. “Yeah, it's me.”

Sandra had just taken a call from Malcolm McCollam. Malcolm has a hundred surplus single speed bikes with coaster brakes that were donated for the Little 100. He wanted to know if we could do a kids class and give the bikes away to those kids who attended it and the kickoff for the Tulsa Tough. To receive a bike, a kid would have to attend both the class and the Tulsa Tough kickoff.

Currently, the plan is to offer two "Tulsa Tough BikeEd" classes on the last two Saturdays of May from 9:30AM to 2PM. At this time, it will most likely be held at the West Festival Park.

The Tulsa Tough will be held the weekend of June 2nd and 3rd. The Tulsa Tough is both a tour and a race, with the race being the premier event of the 2007 season. The kickoff will be a ride down Riverside Drive behind a police escort at the start on Saturday. The kid's ride will loop back to the start area.

We will need experienced cyclists willing to volunteer their time assisting with the BikeEd course. Ideally, we'd like a ratio of 5 kids to each volunteer.

League of American Bicyclists instructors will be leading this program.

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Blogger Paul Tay said...

A few weeks ago, there were three kids from Edison training for L100 near my neighborhood, ON the sidewalks, at FULL bore. Rolling through the driveways, the intersections, and the traffic control devices. All without helmets.

One of these days, if L100 really takes off, without the attendent VC classes, some kid is gonna get SERIOUSLY brain-damaged.

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Blogger Paul Tay said...

On your T-Now comment about "Biking in the Bible Belt," why don't you do an u-tube to balance out that crappy piece.

It's actually a very old piece and played at the Bicycle Film Festival a few years back. James wanted to interview me. But, I'm glad I didn't get on.

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