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Author's profile photo Sudhir Rao

My ride for SAP at Cycling for Veterans 2018

5 AM, Livermore, CA

I woke up early to be at the C4V event by 5 AM, Oct 6 to set up the SAP booth. My volunteer slot was from 5 AM. Diane Nguyen, our volunteer coordinator arrived soon after and we had the tables and flags set up pretty soon. Other volunteers arrived as we got ready. Plenty of coffee and bananas were consumed. 5:30 was start of registration for the first riders and my work was done. The registration volunteers took over.

 

 

8:30 AM, Livermore, CA

OK, so I had registered for the 30 Mile ride the day before. Just like that. No prior experience. No training. Maybe it was because I’d got my new bike five days before. Maybe because I was riding to work these days. And I was just getting used to that single speed bike. Yes, single speed! And just one brake. The on-site bike technician took a look at it. “Ride slow, and be careful!” he advised. He also suggested I start an hour early because, well… you never know! I ate a small breakfast I had packed.

9:15 AM, Livermore, CA

I watched the 9 AM riders for the 50 mile event take off. When they were all gone, I started, too. The first part was relatively flat, so not too hard. But I did stop after an hour for water and a bite from my cliff bar. Then came some slopes up Patterson pass road. I got off and pushed my bike. “Are you OK?” asked a lady coming in the opposite direction. I was fine. Just a bit slow.

11:15 AM, Rest Stop

The veterans’ families in the area provide water and refreshments at a rest stop along the route. I used the portable restroom, ate a doughnut and filled up my water bottle. About 20 minutes. Then I was off again. More pushing the bike up (and down,) slopes. But we got to flat roads soon after.

12:30 PM, Livermore, CA

I made it back! Diane and other volunteers were ringing cow bells for each rider as they came in!

 

That was it! My family joined me soon after and we spent some time enjoying the food and music provided at the event!

 

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      Author's profile photo Landon Von Gogh
      Landon Von Gogh

      It was great meeting you, Sudhir. Great job on finishing! You rock dude!

      Author's profile photo Harsimran Singh Maan
      Harsimran Singh Maan

      Great job Sudhir.

      Author's profile photo Diane Nguyen
      Diane Nguyen

      Congratulations Sudhir!

      Thank you so much for volunteering AND riding C4V.

      I'm so glad you had a great time and was able to spent it with your family.

      Hope to see you next year C4V 2019!

      -Diane

      Author's profile photo Cheryl Smith
      Cheryl Smith

      Congrats Sudhir!  This year I got to talk to a Veteran while we were riding.  He had served in Vietnam in 1970 and he was riding for all the brothers he left behind.  So glad we can honor these brave souls and help provide a supportive environment.  Warm regards, Cheryl

      Author's profile photo Adelina Pechard
      Adelina Pechard

      Congratulations on your first C4V ride Sudhir, you did a great job and thank you for volunteeing also.

      keep riding and hopefully will see you on 50 miles ride next year.

       

      happy riding!

      Adelina

       

      Author's profile photo Michael Ng
      Michael Ng

      Great job on a fixie!