Once again, Industry Nine has generously donated a wheel set to help us fund our ride programs. We are currently trying to raise the funds to purchase bikes for a new after school bike club here in the WNC mountains.
At first glance, the 600-square-foot Bicycle Thrift Shop looks like a cubbyhole for discarded jerseys, muddied cleats and bikes that have been down a few trails. But a closer look reveals a gold mine for cycling enthusiasts on a budget…
Congrats to one of our awesome volunteers, Jebediah Wilcons!! Not only does he volunteer for after school bike clubs, but he is part of our grassroots race team, out there spreading the word about what we do, and challenging himself at the same time. We appreciate you, Jebediah!
Jebediah’s race report:
“First race of the season in the bag. Windy day in Greenville, SC for the Hincapie spring training series. Two guys went off the front after some sharp attacks, two by yours truly, and weren’t seen again. I attacked what was left of the field with 11 miles to go and brought another rider with me. We stayed clear of the shattered pack and worked really well together. I put in my run for the line a little early, 350 meters out, and caught the rider I had been working with a bit off guard and held him off putting the wnc trips for kids jersey on the podium. Good day”.
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Only 100 tickets available. Drawing will be held when all 100 tickets are sold.
Happy 4 year Anniversary!
Thanks to an amazing community, we have successfully completed 4 yrs of providing mountain bike outings to youth who would not otherwise have that opportunity.
Thanks to all of the individuals, organizations, companies, bike shops etc who have made this program possible. Working together, I firmly believe that we have made our community a better place.
We are looking forward to another full year of riding.
Thank you Western North Carolina and beyond!
After a year of hard work, the team at Bookwalter Binge woke up to some potentially dangerous conditions and decided to cancel the ride. Having food and prizes ready to go, the team chose to have a lunch party at Pisgah Brewing,instead of the ride. The place was packed, the food was great, old friends and new friends mingled.
George Hincappie, Brent Bookwalter, Tejay Van Garderen, Ally Starcher, among other pros, kindly joined us for the revelry. It was an honor to have these folks come out and support what we do.
We don’t have a final number for amount of funds raise, but when we do, we’ll let you know. Proceeds will benefit our after school bike club partnership programs!!
Huge thanks to Jamie Bookwalter for spending most of her spare time this year grabbing this event by the horns. We love people who support what we do!!
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2 yrs ago, Jaimee Johnsen moved to Asheville, NC looking for a change of scenery and a new start. Most of you reading this have been in that situation.
Jaimee jumped in feet first, volunteering for Trips For Kids WNC, and helping out at local races such as ORAMM and PMBAR. She got hooked on bikes and became so passionate about sharing her new love, that she recently landed a job working at Sycamore Cycles in Hendersonville.
She started training and racing and was becoming quite a fierce competitor.
On Wednesday, August 6th, Jaimee was wrapping up a training ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when a vehicle made a left turn in front of her. With nowhere to go, she hit the car with the collision causing her to flip over the bars and land in the hospital. Concussion, fractured skull, fractured femur, damage to ACL and PCL are some of the injuries.
We have all been in a position where we coule use a little help from our friends. Some of us have been in a position where we could use a lot of help from our friends. Jaimee is in the latter position.
5 days in the hospital, combined with recovery and rehab treatments in the future will leave her with a lot of medical bills. In addition, it will be a while before she can return to work and earn some income. Rent, food, and other bills will add up quickly.
The good news is that Western North Carolina has a tight cycling community. A community that supports each other in victory and defeat. And this is our time to come together and help one of our own. Knowing that it could be any one of us at anytime who needs a helping hand, this is our time to help Jaimee.
Thanks in advance,