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Albert Wolff via Crowdrise
July 06, 2012

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BENEFITING: SACRED HEART COMMUNITY SERVICE

EVENT DATE: Jul 14, 2012

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THE STORY:

COUNTDOWN: 7 days --- July 14th @ 4:30am wheels roll!!!

Hi Family & Friends,

Hey it's me Albert and I'm set to do the 2012 Death Ride in the Sierras.

Right now you may be asking yourself: What the heck is that? Why is the word Death in the title? What does this have to do with me?

Well, for you cyclists and non-cyclists alike, the Death Ride is probably the most famous long-distance climbing (cycling) event in the U.S.   Folks from all backgrounds and many countries fly-in to do it.  Every year, 3000 individuals train hard and attempt it, but only 2000 will finish and get their prestigious 5 Pass Pin.

THE ROUTE: I will face a high-altitude course (tops off at nearly 9,000 ft) that will crest 5 Sierra Nevada passes (Monitor, Ebbets, Carson, Ebbets, Monitor). Oh yeah and if that is not enough, each pass has a time cut-off!  You don’t make it in time, you get pulled.  In total, the route is 126 miles with a vomit-inducing 16,000 ft. elevation gain.  Check out the link below for details of this gruesome course.

http://www.deathride.com/course.html

THE CHARITY: At first, I thought about asking donations based upon how many passes I complete, but given how I stopped cycling for some months that is probably not a good idea. I’m still going for it though, because I don’t know how to give up. My friends and family know that :)  What is the worst that can happen...wait, don't answer that! 

Anyhow, the charity I’ve chosen is called Sacred Heart Community Services and is located in San Jose (Alma/Monterey).  Their mission is to provide the poor with food, education, clothing, housing assistance and so much more. They really do some great work, and I encourage you to check-out their website.

http://www.sacredheartcs.org/our-programs

THE TRAINING LOG: Also to show my commitment to my end of the deal, I have begun intense training…finally.  If you wish you may follow my training below as it will be updated weekly.

-5/12: Cupertino-Pescadero-Cupertino, 88 miles, 7000 ft

-5/13: Sprint Intervals

-5/16: SJ-Fremont-Calaveras climb-SJ, 28 miles, 2500 ft

-5/22: Stevens Canyon/Redwood Gulch, 18 miles, 1800 ft

-5/23: Sprint intervals

-5/24 to 5/29: High Altitude Training

-5/30: Mt. Eden and Montebello climbs, 25 miles, 3000 ft

-5/31: Hill Sprints and Sprint Intervals, 18 miles, 1000 ft

-6/2: Redwood Gulch-Bohlman/On Orbit-Mt. Eden climbs, 25 miles, 4300 ft

-6/4: Montebello, 16 miles, 2300 ft

-6/6: Hill Sprints

-6/9: Redwood Gulch/Sanborn//Norton-Kittridge-Quickert-On Orbit/Tollgate-Mt. Eden/Montebello, 35 miles, 6200 ft

-6/10: Recovery Ride

-6/11: Run

-6/13: Intervals

-6/15: Redwood Gulch/Hwy 9/Page Mill, 25 miles, 3500 ft

-6/17: 48 miles, 2000 ft

-6/15: Redwood Gulch/Hwy 9/Skyline, 25 miles, 3500 ft

-6/17: Intervals

-6/19: Montebello, 15 miles, 2500 ft

-6/21: Trail run

-6/23: Foothill Loop, 30 miles, 2000 ft

-6/25: Montebello, 15 miles, 2500 ft

-6/27: Redwood Gulch/Mt. Eden/Regnart, 25 miles, 1800 ft

-6/29: Foothill Loop, 32 miles, 1500 ft

-7/1: Foothill & Climbing Loop, 38 miles, 2000 ft

-7/2: Recovery ride

-7/4: Mt. Hamilton ascent, 40 miles, 4800 ft

-7/6: Foothill & Climbing Loop, 38 miles, 2000 ft

In closing, I hope you consider joining me in this adventure.  I'll do the pedaling and suffering, and you kindly offer the donations.  Remember, we have all struggled financially at some time in our life, so be generous and together we can make a difference and help those in need.

Blessings, Peace, and Happiness to you,

Albert Wolff

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Donor Comments

Jim Blamey

Jim Blamey

Go safe my friend! 5 years ago

Guido & Karen Chamorro and Family

Guido & Karen Chamorro and Family

5 years ago

Ray Maiden

Ray Maiden

Best of Luck!!!! 5 years ago

Marcellino

Marcellino

Ester e Lorenzo 5 years ago

Somira Pech

Somira Pech

5 years ago

M. Mondragon

M. Mondragon

God Speed 5 years ago

Karl Schmae and family

Karl Schmae and family

Take off the training wheels and you will go faster! 5 years ago

Mr + Mrs Greg Higa

Mr + Mrs Greg Higa

May the odds be ever in your favor. 5 years ago

Justin Zapanta

Justin Zapanta

5 years ago

Ana Bui

Ana Bui

C'mon hombre!! You got this yo :) Have a safe ride!!! Do this for La Raza your peeps :) 5 years ago