- Oct 27, 2006
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I finished the 16 mile ride. So if someone pledged .50 a mile, they owed $8. Dad got like 100 people to donate(he was a well liked millwright), mom another 20 or so. Like I said, some of them donated a fixed amount, no matter how many miles I rode(a couple donated like $50 or $100). I think, all told, we(me riding, dad and mom collecting) collected somewhere close to $2500, IIRC. Seems like the next highest was like $1800 and there were like 400 riders at the 5 locations. I think all the riders, statewide, collected close to $100K which all went to the JDF(Juvenile Diabetes Foundation).
It was in '81, I was 10 at the time. The ride was from Ft Payne to Valley Head and back. Pretty flat roads. I also have a brother who was a professional cyclist back then. He still rides today. I think his last ride was something like 70 miles, including climbing both Lookout and Sand Mtn. He got me the bike I rode back then. It was a Trek which would have cost about $800 back then but he got it free, as part of his sponsorship. The one he rode was like a $2000 bike. I also got a bunch of free Nike shoes through my other brother who was a sponsored distance runner. Together, along with a friend of theirs, won many triathlons throughout the south. A third brother played football for Bryant, as a walk on. My last brother got several scholarship offers to play football but decided he was done with school and went straight to work. So, you could say, I come from a fairly athletic family(I am the least of the 5 brothers).