First of all we want to say thank you! If you are reading this story that means you have taken the time to learn about H5 Cycling's "Ride The Rockies" campaign to support the fight against cancer or better yet make a donation and join the fight.
How it all started... The initiative actually began with an invitation from a lifelong friend and business partner to join him on the Colorado "Ride The Rockies" cycling challenge held annually during June each year. The idea of conquering 400 miles of high altitude mountain terrain albeit daunting was too tempting to pass up. However the more I thought about it I couldn't help but feel the ride had an opportunity for more significance than two pals sharing 6 days of agony cycling mountain passes. I figured some how our self-inflicted pain and suffering could perhaps limit or eradicate pain and suffering for someone else. Thats when the decision to ride and rally support for the fight against cancer took hold. Long story short... we formed H5 Cycling (inspired by our new restaurant concept, HUTI'S 5) and began talking to other cycling friends. Before we knew it we had 10 guys committed to the team and campaign!
This thing called Cancer... cancer unfortunately is something nearly all of us will be forced to deal with at some point in our lives. Nearly one million Americans are diagnosed with some form of cancer each year. Cancer does not discriminate. It attacks the young and not so young alike. Anybody. It can or will eventually strike you or someone you deeply care about. Perhaps a friend or a family member such as a parent, brother or sister, or even one of your children. Statistics are what they are.
It happens. In recent years my mother (breast cancer), my father (pancreatic), and my oldest daughter (Hodgkins Lymphoma) have battled cancer. The reason why largely remains a mystery. That's often the case with cancer. The good news is that they beat it. They beat it because of early detection methods followed by effective treatment. Both made possible because of ongoing advances in medical research that yielded critical breaththroughs for treating cancer. For those reasons I still have these special people in my life in addition to other dear friends who have also won the battle.
The fight goes on. Like most I've lost friends and family members to cancer. I have several friends right in the middle of the battle as I write this story. My guess is you do to. It is for everyone that has fought the fight, are fighting it now, or will in the future that we ride to help.
Here is how you can join us. With the coordinated support of Crowdrise and The American Cancer Society we have set up this simple easy-to-use donation website. ACS provides a wide array of cancer related support services for patients and their families. We chose to direct funds to two areas within that reach: 1) Funds to provide research grants for cures, 2) provide assistance to those patients under-resourced and otherwise unable to afford transportation to life-saving treatment.
Couple of important notes: The H5 Cycling team members are funding all ride event costs on their own. Your donation is for The American Cancer Society. Secondly, if you make a donation please let us know who we honor with our effort and your donation. There is a place on the donation process for that. We want you to know we ride for them!
A word about the Ride The Rockies event itself. The ride will take place Sunday June 12th - Friday June 17th. The annual 6 day event will feature 2000 cyclists from all over the world to take on a unique and extremely challenging 405 mile high altitude course across some of the most challenging highways and mountain passes the Rockies has to offer. The course starts in Carbondale, CO and will finish in historic Ft. Collins, CO.
Thanks for your consideration. We hope you join our fight!
Chris Osborne founder - H5 Cycling
H5 Cycling Ride The Rockies Team In Order of Gallery:
Joe Schumacher, Rick Maires, Randy Keir, Josh Agnew, Chris Osborne, Bret Strong, Dan Stoddard, Chip Brunk, Aaron Finch, Mike Michealis