By Ally Stacher
For the 2012 year our team Specialized-Lululemon has taken on the task to raise money for Right to Play (RTP). Its a charitable organization that was created by professional athletes to help proverty stricken youths by the introduction of sport. RTP uses sport to promote a healthier and safer world.
I am excited about our involvement in raising funds for RTP that I’ve been brainstorming and working on small projects to help in anyway possible. One of my closest friends from my home town, David Waymire, Builds custom guitars. I told him about what we’re doing and how great RTP is and he offered to donate one of his guitars. Its a beautiful piece of art work. The noise it makes when its strumed is heavenly.
Another project I have been working on was a charity ride. With all the money made going directly to RTP. Needless to say it was a success! The ride started at 8:30am with a nice 20km loop. If you’d like to check out our little scenic ride you can find it on strava. We had about 35 riders of all levels join. Two of my trusty teammates were there. My boyfriend John Murphy and many members of the Asheville cycling community. The ride started and finished out of the Lululemon Showroom. We had no problems that my trusty lezyne minipump couldn’t fix.
After the ride we had a yoga class that was directed towards cyclist. Appetizers which consisted of tomato, mozzarella and basil, hummus and veggies and cookies from the coffee/bakery next door. Emilia, Loren and I baked an aggressive amount of baked goods and sold them throughout the day. I’m really surprised we didn’t eat more of the baked goods during our baking session… We also had numerous donations for our raffle that took place. First Endurance donated a large amount of high quality nutrition products. Bobby Sweeting, a professional cyclist, donated a month’s worth of coaching and a bike fit. Motion Makers, a specialized dealerand local bike shop, donated two gift certificates and the Lululemon ladies donated several outfits. Pretty much we had an abundant amount of really awesome goods for our raffle. We also had a silent auction for two jerseys. One was the leaders jersey from Tour of California and the other one was a team Jersey that all the riders that raced exergy Tour signed.
The all day charity event was a success. We inspired beginner riders to ride more. A few people did yoga for the first time. We were able to spread the word about Right to Play and even raise a little bit of money at the same time. I was pretty pleased and over joyed at everyone who contributed. I can’t thank everyone enough for their participation.