• If you are anything like me you have a list of cycling and fitness related goals you are going to accomplish during the off season so that you can hit the ground running (or rolling as the case may be) with something to show for the frigid months you spent off the bike, or at least off the open road. I am always excited about my off-season to do list in November, then the holidays come, then I get caught up in other things after New Years and then it’s spring and the list gets pushed to the side only to be recycled the following fall.


  • Closing ceremonies mark the end of the ride for 2017

     

    The closing ceremony is always a bit emotional. Coming off the ride everyone is feeling the elation of victory, having raised money for Housing Works, having conquered at least a million hills. Also, nearly everyone has a tear in their eye. Some tears are shed over the enormous loss this community has felt. More then a few tears fall because this rolling brigade of warriors can see the end in sight. There's really no way to describe the feeling of standing at the heart of this crowd of individuals who have come together once more to share a brotherhood/sisterhood of both love and loss, over the course of hundreds of miles.

     

    All that can be said, is that there is something here that words can't possibly capture... If you want to understand, you'll have to register and experience it for yourself.

    —Photos by Alan Barnett


  • On The Road | Day 3 (The Ride In)

     

    The third day on the road is always an amazing one. You are weary, yet excited—sore, yet powerful. Your body has finally melded to your bike in one finely tuned unit—or it totally hasn't and each mile is a bit of a struggle. Regardless, you are surrounded by friends that you've either spent the last decade (or more) building a relationship with or new ones you've just met. One way or another, you are happy for the support, both emotional and physical.

    —Photos by Alan Barnett


  • On The Road | Day Two (Red Dress Day)

     

    Everywhere you looked, you saw red today. A sea of red frocks along vast stretches of the open road. Traveling along with this powerful group of like-minded cyclists, all focused on one good cause, and with great support... there was only one difficult decision to make—which red dress could be best accessorized with a helmet and cycling shoes. 

    —Photos by Alan Barnett