On August 23rd, my cycling club, the Oakland Yellowjackets, is sponsoring the so-called “Tour de East Bay” Bike Against the Odds Century (104 miles). The ride hits most of the good climbs in the East Bay: Pinehurst, Tunnel, Lake Chabot, Bear Creek, Grizzly Peak, Wildcat Canyon, etc. It’ll be a hard day in the saddle, with over 8500 ft of climbing (the event site claims 10,000, but I’m skeptical), but around some of the most beautiful spots in the Bay Area.
The ride is a benefit for Breast Cancer research. I really didn’t want to do another charity ride this year. I understand that you can only go to the well so many times—and I really appreciate everyone who’s already given for the other events I’ve ridden. But I wanted to support my club and it’s a really good cause (and a great ride), so I’m going to do it.
I’ll be riding for my Dad’s wife Irene who is a cancer survivor. I tapped into his network and they came through for me incredibly quickly, so I’ve already reached my fund-raising goals (offline), but if you (or anyone you know) want to make a donation, I won’t stop you. 😉 As always, all donations are tax-deductible.
Here’s the route map:
and the profile: