A new year is underway and my training is in full swing for the season!
My decision to race independently in the upcoming season is exciting and allows me to move forward and gain some fantastic sponsors to represent. Despite the excitement, I was still missing a couple key elements – a name and a purpose.
As some of you may know, my family was touched by losses these past few weeks. My mother-in-law passed away about two weeks ago from melanoma. My husband’s boss and dear friend passed away two days later from stomach cancer. Like most people, I could go on about the people taken from them by cancer. A dear friend of mine passed away from brain cancer when she was only 22 years old. Cancer was also a factor in my grandfather’s death. In short: cancer sucks.
My mother was also diagnosed with cancer over a decade ago, but now leads a normal life thanks to a relatively new drug. There is hope.
There it is: Hope. Hope Racing.
After checking some of the many foundations run by caring and driven people who aim to raise money for cancer research, I came across Choose Hope. Friends Chris, Paula, and Linda started the business at a kitchen table in 1999 and developed Choose Hope to help raise money for cancer research. Each month, Choose Hope makes a significant corporate donation to a leading cancer research facility.
I am honored to be able to sport their Ribbon of Hope on my kit – alongside some other great sponsors. The kit is being designed and produced by 789 Cycling Jerseys, which is owned by an extremely creative local cyclist and friend, Matt. I love his design!
Sickler’s Bike Shop, my main shop sponsor, has been a part of my life for over 10 years. Sickler’s is like family to me. I’m thrilled to have them back on my kit, because their service, dedication and shared love for donuts keeps me sticking around. Cannondale has also treated me well over the years. I am excited to continue racing on some solid bikes. The bike update will be coming soon (wow).
My other sponsors are ESI Grips, Backcountry Research, Orange Mud, Demon Products, IronTree Data Networks, Balance Yoga and Wellness and last – but certainly not least – Global Elite Coaching with John Arias. These folks stepped up to stand behind me for this upcoming season. I will not let them down. Their products are solid but so is their love for the sport. I want to help represent that spirit.
Stay tuned for more blogs, updates and big plans for Hope Racing in 2019! Thank you for reading. I will see you out on the trails!
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