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  • 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!



  • 3 Feb 2018 5:32 PM | Gary Martindale (Administrator)

    Thank you for your generous support of JDRF through my rides over the past 10 years. During that time we have seen significant progress in the search for a cure.


    I was originally scheduled to ride in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sadly, my father passed away in early August and I was unable to join the team for the La Crosse ride.


    With excellent support from the JDRF ride program, I was able to change locations and ride my tenth ride at the Amelia Island venue in October. Below is a quick visual summary of the ride… details follow if interested...


    As with past rides, the weekend began with a flight on Thursday - this time a hop to Atlanta and then to Jacksonville followed by a 45-minute shuttle ride to the island. Although the Jacksonville, FL area was affected by hurricane Irma, only occasional piles of debris were evidence of the storm. The weather all weekend was hot and muggy with a threat of rain. The surf was high with powerful waves stirred up by storms over the Atlantic. The hotel was a lovely setting with fire pits in the pool area where the riders congregated at night to tell stories and share good cheer.


    Ride day had everyone in high spirits as we made our way out of the resort and meandered through the side streets on the north part of the island. We enjoyed downtown Fernandina and a state park at the north end of the island. Incredibly, the humidity was so high in the early morning that my sunglasses were fogged over for most of the first 25 miles.


    We looped the island twice with the more residential north sections shaded by trees. The south sections introduced a head wind along with the heat and humidity, increasing the difficulty significantly. On the second pass, some riders were cooling off with chilly water from a garden hose at one of the rest stops. At the southern-most turnaround, I was reminded of Death Valley - the sun was hot, the road was hot, and there was no shelter


    Repeating sections of the course meant passing lots of riders going in the opposite direction. It was fun to yell encouragement to each other across the road. I completed 104 miles in just under 6 hours. Later I learned that we were among the first riders in and that Anne, one of my Indiana teammates, was the first woman to complete the 100-mile course. Way to go Anne!


    Emotions tend to run high at JDRF rides and this one was no exception. The highlight was meeting other riders and hearing their stories. This year was marked by Type 1 riders, including some teens who raised the money to attend. Also a highlight was Jack, a 90-year old Type-1 rider who won the coveted polka dot Spirit Jersey. He was the same rider who was the top fundraiser in Death Valley a few years ago. Wow… What an inspiration!


    Many thanks, as always, for sharing in my ride; I truly appreciate your generous support of JDRF. I may have been the one pedaling, but I carried your thoughts, prayers and support with me on each mile. I would not have made it without you.


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