Austin LiveStrong Challenge



One more photo from the Lance Armstrong ride a few weeks ago, me and Jeff Ellis near the end.

Below is a write up about the bicycle ride I did a few weeks ago in Austin written by my friend and fellow Frisco Cycling Club member, Jell Ellis:
It’s been a little over a week now since the Frisco Cycling Club participated in the Austin LiveStrong Challenge and what an awesome event it was.  Geoff Davis, Jeff Ellis, Jason Hatfield, Shanna Ellis, Matt Ellis, Kristina Syverson and Kyle York all joined in for the FCC Team.  Collectively the Team raised $3,335 in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation which works to fight the ongoing battle with Cancer.  This years ride began and ended in Dripping Springs, Texas which is located just West of Austin.  Routes of varying lengths wound through the beautiful Texas Hill Country strolling through countryside that we just are used to seeing in our own area.  The scenery alone is well worth the trip!  Many thanks to those who participated as this is a very worthy cause and one in which our club will become more active in the future.
This year over 3,800 riders helped to raise nearly $10 million for the fight against Cancer.  In addition, all of the bikes ridden by Lance himself this year were auctioned during the weekend festivities.  This includes his Tour de France machines as well as the bike he rode in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race.  Collectively the bikes raised $1.3 million dollars.  Wow! Those are some expensive bikes.
For those who may not be familiar with LAF, The Lance Armstrong Foundation unites people to fight cancer, believing that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything.  Through the dollars and awareness that we raise, we can inspire and empower individuals, and we can make life better for the millions of people across the globe fighting cancer today.  The LAF not only works tirelessly to help fund the efforts to find a cure for Cancer and create a global awareness for how drastic and widespread the Cancer disease really is but the organization also goes to great lengths to help those who may find themselves currently in the fight with Cancer.  Whether you’re a Patient, a Caregiver, Family member or any of the other countless ways you can be affected by Cancer the LAF is available to help.  They have a tremendous support and educational network that is designed to help people cope with the situation by creating an understanding of how to most effectively battle Cancer.
Look for The FCC Team next year as well.  We plan to have an even bigger Team in 2010 for the Austin event and raise even more money for LAF.  So mark your calendar for the third weekend in October and join us in Austin.

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