Sunday I participated in the Ride-4-Ronald charity ride. The donations for this ride went to the Ronald McDonald House of Central FL. This is a great non-profit that “provides home-away-from-home for these families in medical crisis. Before the Ronald McDonald Houses, being with a hospitalized child meant parents were sleeping in their cars or in chairs in the waiting room, eating out of vending machines, or bearing the expense of impersonal hotel rooms” (http://www.rmhccf.org/about.shtml).
|Bonnie and I before the ride|
|Fellow Lost Boy, Angel|
From what I understand this was the first time they have ever put on this ride. In some ways they did a great job and in others ways they needed improvement.
The ride itself was pretty dangerous. It had too many really busy roads, stop lights and intersections. Most of these roads did not have a bike lane, had tons of traffic or were narrow. This is not a route I would ever choose to do again.
|Angel & Me (Angel is in the black spandex on the bottom right)|
At one point in the race we had three riders collide and fall on the road. Luckily it was a slow collision and no one was hurt but they fell in the middle of the road. A cop went past them and turned around to “check on us” but he did not care that someone had fell and was hurt. The only thing he said to the downed rider was to “get out of the road”. He did not even ask if anyone was hurt or if he could help. What a jerk!!
|Volunteers serving goodies!!|
They did a great job in many areas. The SWAG points were at McDonalds restaurants along the ride. They offered water, food and a place to rest. They did a really nice job here and the volunteers were great. After the race there were a team of massage therapists giving free massages. There was plenty of free Myoplex, sports drinks, soda, water and pizza. They raffled off a bike and other goodies. They also had many triathlon bike racks so you had a place to set your bike before and after the race. There was also plenty of easy and free car parking,
|Humble Triathlete and Me|
|The REAL Ronald McDonald|
I even got a picture with the REAL Ronald McDonald. He was so much cooler than the fake Santa you see everywhere. I approached him to ask for a picture but before I could say anything Ronald said “Dude, where did you get that jersey. I want a picture with you. Anyone who likes Pink Floyd can get a picture anytime.” Obviously Ronald was a Pink Floyd fan.
|Crazy Eyes Jersey|
UPDATE: 10/05/2010: Race photos can be found here.
Well, another race in the books (not the record books).