A new year and a new beginners series! On the 150th edition of the Pedalshift Project, we kick off the Bicycle Touring Beginners Series by meeting this year’s cyclist and road map some of the topics we’ll cover as we check in over the next several months. Plus, updates on meetups and more!
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XFL Tour: I’ll be rolling my own route across central Florida from Tampa on the gulf coast to Cocoa Beach on the east. Preview episode drops in two weeks!
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Meetups & Live Shows
- XFL Orlando meetup Saturday 2/9, time TBA – pedalshift.net/orlando.
- Pedalshift LIVE Friday February 22 at 9pm ET! It will be the wrap up show for the XFL tour… takeways and a whole lot more. We’ll do another AMA session too, so send me your bike touring or non-bike touring questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or come and ask in the chat box the night of.
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In Steve’s own words…
IN SEPTEMBER 2017 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH YOUNG ONSET PARKINSON’S DISEASE AT AGE 41.
It changed my life.
I don’t know why I have Parkinson’s. It’s a total mystery. I have no family history of it, I’ve not been exposed to the chemicals known to cause it, and have no other risk factors. No clue.
But I’m not going to let this be a meaningless disease. I’m going to use this to make a difference.
Steve, your backstory is an important element to this 2019 tour and it starts with your plans for a cross-Colorado bike tour in 2017. What were your plans and what intervened?
What have been some of the challenges you’re overcoming with Parkinson’s and the treatments you’re under?
Your 2019 tour is a fundraiser for Parkinson Association of the Rockies – what’s your goal for this and are they helping out as a partner for the ride?
Ride for Parkinson’s is registered as a charity unto itself – do you have plans for tours beyond this one? Are you looking for other riders to take up the mantel too?
You’re in Fort Collins, which is one of the bikier places in Colorado, if not the whole country. What do you think makes it like that?
Your 17 tour was east to west and this tour is across Colorado south to north. What prompted the change, and what are some of the fun challenges you’ll tackle with this route?
Every episode of the series we cover a topic or two for the beginning bike tourist… what are some of the topics you’re looking for us to cover?
Riding with groups
How much to take
Learn more about Steve’s ride at https://www.rideforpd.org/
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