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  • 5 Nov 2018 11:19 AM | Gary Martindale (Administrator)

    Another Death Valley ride is in the books. Four of us from Indiana ventured west for an awesome weekend in the desert, riding our bikes to raise money for a great cause — to find a cure for diabetes and turn Type 1 into Type None. We joined more than 300 other riders and collectively raised almost $1.5M. Read on for a short recap of the weekend...

    On Thursday we arrived in Las Vegas and from there took a two-hour bus ride into Death Valley.

    Once we got to the valley, we found our bikes and rode to some nearby sights while waiting for our hotel rooms to be ready.


    After the mandatory safety meeting on Friday morning, we rented a Jeep and ventured to some of the more remote areas of the park. Along the way we saw some cactus, tea kettles, self-moving rocks, a house made of beer bottles, and a few ghosts (maybe they moved the rocks?)

      

    Saturday was ride day and found us ready to go before dawn.

    The morning started cool, with the sunrise inspiring awe as it slowly revealed the glorious beauty of the stark desert mountains around us.

    The weather was spectacular - hot and dry with high temps in the 90s. We all made the summit at the 51-mile turnaround.

        

    With the heat of the day and a pretty steady headwind, the second half of the ride was much tougher than the first. We each fought our personal battle to cross the finish line in our own time - safe, sound, smiling and under our own power - the goal of every JDRF rider.

    Thank you, as always, for sharing in my ride. This was my 8th ride in Death Valley and 12th overall JDRF ride and each is an emotional event. I truly appreciate your generous support of JDRF over all these years. I may have been the one pedaling over the miles, but I carried your thoughts, prayers and support with me on each mile, and I would not have made it without you. Thank you! 

    Please visit my ride site to see how I did on my fundraising and for links to the stories of my past rides.

    https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=7373&pg=personal&px=1269511

    All my best,

    Gary

  • 30 Oct 2018 9:57 PM | Anne Marslender

    Dear Friends and Family,

    With your support, I rode in my third JDRF ride, 100 miles in La Crosse, Wisconsin!!

    Although this was my third ride for JDRF, and much of the format was the same, each ride is inspiring in its own way.   This one was different before we even started.  It was the largest Indiana State Team that I would be traveling and riding with yet.  There were 16 of us, and 6 first-time JDRF riders this year!


    Many of us met at the JDRF office the Thursday before the ride, to decorate cars, load bikes, and carpool to La Crosse.  It was an early morning and a great way to start the day!  It’s fun to road trip with so many friends. And of course, we stopped at the “World’s” Largest Culver’s along the way!

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    We arrived Thursday, checked in to get our welcome packets and dropped our bikes in the bike room.  It’s amazing to see so many bikes in one place…especially knowing there are so many riders, riding and raising money for such a great cause.  Many of them have a personal connection that you can see on their bikes, pictures, and names.  We enjoyed a welcome dinner and walked a bit to relax before turning in for the night.

    Friday started with breakfast and the mandatory Safety Meeting, a must for every ride.  It’s a helpful reminder to all of us, for example: tapping our helmets to let a SAG (Support and Gear) vehicle know we need help vs. waving which may just mean “hi!”, coaches are willing to assist in tire changing, and what the route is like, and where we turn around.  Then we were off to the bike room to grab our bikes and take a quick tune-up ride to ensure our bikes were ready to go for Saturday.  Matt and Evan had a flat issue, so it was a short ride, but way better to get that fixed on Friday!

    Friday night is the Inspiration and Award dinner.  And it fits the name to a tee.  It’s amazing to see and hear so many stories…it always makes me cry, especially hearing about the families, the perseverance, and the triumph.  This year they also did a Family Feud type game …and both Devon and Emily participated! It was a blast!             


    Saturday dawned bright and early…

    Our route takes us through parts of 3 different states: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa.  It’s way cool.


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     It was a beautiful cool morning to start and stayed that way for quite a while.  It was everything I remembered and more.  A bit foggy and cool…enough that I took my sunglasses off.  We rode together as a team, single file, meeting others as we passed them.  Everyone is usually so energetic and excited, at least in the morning.  We make new friends, learn why others are riding, and encourage each other every step of the way.  We tried to do fairly quick SAG stops again this year so that we continued to make good time but also got the food and water we needed.  And they’re always stocked very well!  One thing I love about riding is that I get to eat things I normally wouldn’t J …cookies and chips, Oh My!

    The first half of the course went very well. Even as the sun came up and the day warmed, the weather remained beautiful and our spirits strong. The turnaround is the most difficult for me, mentally and physically.  The long low grade climb at the beginning of the loop seems to take forever, and takes so much energy.  I kept at it….slow and steady.  Once at the top and after the turn, the larger rolling hills can look intimidating.  But once you climb, the speed on the downhill helps you to climb the next…and wow!  It was so much better than last year!  I climbed faster, sped downhill, and completed the loop in record time.  The final downhill is long, and tucked low on the bike, you can gain so much speed.  It was exhilarating!  I grinned the whole time. 

    Now we just had to bring it back home!  It’s mostly flat, but the small hills still take more effort after 50 miles.  We broke into two groups for the last 30 miles or so. I decided to ride with the faster group.  It was fantastic.  The hills were still hard, and I had to fight to keep up, but as always, we stuck together and encouraged each other.  We couldn’t wait to get to the finish line!  A quick flat change for Julie at mile 99, and we were there!!!!  So amazing!  

    The first time, the emotions were so strong, I barely made it beyond the finish line before bursting into tears.  This was different…still so many emotions, but more happiness and feeling inspired.  Off to ice cream and a beer…yes, together, because at the end of a JDRF ride, why not?!  We waited for the rest of our team to ride in, reminiscing already about parts of the ride and looking forward to the celebration dinner.

    Saturday Night Awards dinner always comes with more tears…more personal stories.  It reminds me of why I do this…how I was inspired by my friends…and why I keep coming back.


    I couldn’t have done this without the support and encouragement of my teammates.  All of the training rides, the laughter, and the coaching throughout the season keep me going and reminds me that family comes in many forms. 

    And I couldn’t have done this without your generosity and support.  You were with me every pedal stroke, for every mile. 

    Together we did this; Together we’re making a difference!

    Warmest regards,

    Anne

      

  • 22 Jul 2018 4:06 PM | Anne Marslender

    RAIN 2018 was a great ride!  We rode as a group and had a great tailwind and some rain :). Kept us cool.  




    Congratulations to Daryl, Matt, Gary, Julie, Hannah, Wendy, Scott, Henri, Holli, Steph, Jimmy, and Donald!!!!  So much team encouragement :)


    Big BIG shout out to a wonderful SAG team !!!!  Sharon and Rachel were awesome!  Jimmy got us started in the morning with fresh air and a great drop off.  Anders and Steph graciously opened their house for us to tramp through, even while wet, for lunch. Sharon not only fed us and kept us in the loop, but she helped make us as comfortable every step of the way...cookies, water bottles, wiped our glasses, and held our bikes.

    This is such a great group and was a wonderful ride...I'm really lucky to be a part of to.  WHOO HOO - Go Cure Chasers !!


  • 25 May 2018 2:16 PM | Anne Marslender

    So much fun!  Low wind and awesome group :).  Great pace and Danny Boy's after !  Alicia, Wendy, Scott, Kerry, Richard, Kevin, John, and Jim!! Missed Tony and Gary...maybe next week.






      

  • 20 May 2018 8:29 PM | Anne Marslender

    The last couple of Flat Thursday and Saturday training rides out of Coxhall Gardens in Carmel have been great!  

    Alicia and Sharon joined Richard, Kerry , and me about a week ago and it was a blast...


    We rode ~ 33 miles.  The weather was great even a bit of the wind :).  It was one of Alicia's first rides this summer and her toe is good to go !   Richard had a chain issue (pin came out) and had to stop about 30 miles in.  But that's what I love about our group!  We made sure he was safely off the road, then went back and picked him up with the car.  (Quick fix and he was riding again Tuesday).  

    Saturdays are some of my favorite training rides.  This past Saturday, we started about 8am and rode about 38 miles.  It was bit windy but the pace and challenge was a perfect! We increase the miles over the summer to at least 100 to prepare for our bigger rides.  We stick together and look out for each other...no drops!  But we can still ride our own ride.  We support and challenge each other.  We even ride back to see how others are doing (as a frequent recipient of this...it's awesome!).  We have places to stop for ice and breaks. Kevin maps a great course :).


    Above: At the start...Coxhall Gardens.  (L-R: Tony, Gary, Kevin, Anne)

    Below: then a brief mid way stop at Ricker's in Sheridan 

     (L-R: Anne, Gary, Kevin, Tony)





    If you haven't tried Flat Thursdays, come join us!   



  • 7 Apr 2018 10:10 PM | Kevin Garner (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who came out in the cold but sunny day to paint the Dan Henry's (cycling directional markings) on our cycling routes.  Both the North and South courses were finished today.  It was more fun than advertised!  Jimmy is a much better artist than speller.  Pictures don't lie!  Is that a medium jersey Jimmy is wearing?



  • 7 Apr 2018 9:34 PM | Kevin Garner (Administrator)

    We had an excellent turnout for our 2018 Kickoff Meeting.    Attached are the slides for more information.  

    2018 Cure Chasers All-Member Meeting - V2[2220].pptx


  • 12 Mar 2018 4:23 PM | Kevin Garner (Administrator)

    Although our indoor spinning classes are nearing an end this year, I wanted to send a quick "shout out" to Coach Scottie and Wendy for leading our spinning classes this winter.  They did an awesome job coaching and were incredibly consistent, reliable and fun leaders!  I also want to thank everyone who came out and rode with us once, twice, or routinely throughout the year.  We know sometimes it's not easy to pack up your bike, clothing, and trainer on the dark cold winter days, however, once you got to the class, I can confidently say we had a lot of fun and laughs riding together as a team.  And yes we did have fun with those who periodically forgot their bike, clothing, shoes, skewers or trainer.  Finally, I want to personally thank Circle City Bicycles for allowing us to "crank up the music" and spin in their shop each week!  

    I think we all agree riding indoors is not as much fun as outdoor riding but these indoor spinning classes help keep you in shape during the off-season.  So if you missed spinning with us this year,  we missed you too but I'm sure we will see you out on the roads this spring.

    Coach K


  • 11 Mar 2018 12:22 PM | Sharon Williams (Administrator)

    As a member of the Cure Chasers Cycling Group, the Tour De Cure was my first century (100 miles)....1/2 on the road and 1/2 on the Indy 500 track (Speedway).  

    I couldn't have done this without their support and encouragement.  Weekend rides, Blue Tuesday rides and Flat Thursday rides were instrumental in the training for this relatively easy ride.  

    I started cycling with the Cure Chasers in 2012 and learned the safety of cycling, how to climb a hill and how to ride in a group (drafting).  The Cure Chasers is a great group to cycle with not only because of the great coaches they have, but also because of the camaraderie and how they make you feel part of the family.  It doesn't matter how fast or how slow, there is a place for all of us with the Cure Chasers.

    The Tour De Cure is one of many rides the Cure Chasers participate in annually.  Come join us and train to ride for a great cause!  You won't regret it!

  • 3 Feb 2018 11:23 PM | Anne Marslender

    With your generous support and encouragement, I completed 100 miles for the JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes in Amelia Island, Florida!   

    Wonderful. Beautiful. Joyful.  And so hot!

    This was my second JDRF Ride, both overall and this year, and I thought I knew what to expect. 




    Though the ride agenda was the same, the ride itself and the experience was very different for me. 


    We flew instead of drove which meant bike transport logistics, packing differences, and bus to the resort.  It seemed to happen so fast! Once I’d checked in and retrieved my bike, I spent some time relaxing and exploring and grabbing some much needed food.  The ride location was centered on the resort, which was right on the beach offering some beautiful views and a much different feel than La Crosse’s city setting.  The view from my room was amazing. 


    Thursday’s welcome dinner and camaraderie were great!  It was such a nice way to relax and meet people.  We had a beautiful full moon which was breathtaking to see over the beach and through the swaying palm trees near the pool.  Many of the riders gathered outside in the evening near the fire pits to chat and get to know each other. It was fun meeting others and hearing so many stories.  



    Friday dawned early, and, after the mandatory safety meeting, it was off for a quick tune up ride to ensure our bikes were ready to go for Saturday.  

    It was a nice short ride through the resort grounds, and a great way to loosen up. Later, Friday’s pre-ride Dinner Celebration and Awards, was emotional and inspiring!  I met even more people, learning why they ride.  So many youth riders were there!  I am in awe of their determination and commitment, as well as their parents who ride with them.  They ride for themselves, their siblings, and their friends to find a cure and to make life better.  Their parents who ride with them inspire me with their courage; it must be scary sometimes, to not only allow, but encourage your child to tackle a long ride while managing their disease.  Gary, one of my Indiana teammates, was officially honored during the celebration with his Silver Jersey for riding in 10 JDRF Rides!  WOW.  After a wonderful dinner, it was off to bed.  Tomorrow was the big day.

    The weather looked great- no more rain in the forecast- YAY!

        

    We rode out near the front with the first group.  It was already very warm.  For a bit we rode under a canopy of oaks which were so beautiful and so unusual for Florida.  It also provided some welcome shade.  As we turned out of the resort and rode along the A4, the sun continued to rise over the ocean.  I hadn’t anticipated having such a view as we rode.  Such an unexpected wonder!  We rode through a state park where the tree cover was so cooling. It was so quiet, perfect for the morning.

    This ride was very flat (except for the bridges! Oh the bridges!) and very hot.  I was soaked through in the first 15 miles. The temps continued to climb – 80° temps and 80% humidity! I made friends with Irene from the Danish team.  We chatted along the way and encouraged each other.  I would see her multiple times over the 100 miles. 


      The first 75 miles were some of my fastest ever for a long ride!  Later I started to get tired…did I mention the bridges? And it was now windy especially at the top of some of the bridges.  On the last one before we started on the last leg of the ride, I actually had to pedal to go downhill!   Finally, though, the wind was at our backs, and only 15 miles to go.


    With lots of encouragement, I rode in…WOW!  Pure joy.  I did it- again! We were some of the first riders in, that was a first for me, and an incredible feeling!
    I couldn’t have done this without you –Thank you for sharing the journey and joy with me as we seek a cure!  As I close out 2018, I can’t help but look forward to 2019 and more rides to come!



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