I'd like to draw your attention to a very cool program and an even cooler story that goes along with it...
My friend Cat runs Trips For Kids here in Ottawa. I donate used cycling parts and pieces when I can to help out. I got a lovely e-mail the other day from Cat keeping me up-to-date on the progress of the program and a group of boys a long way from home:
Here are the name of the boys and where they came from all just one year ago.
They particpated in the Eastern Ontario High School Race in May and did very well.
They asked to go to the 24 hour races my Alex told them about.
I asked Chico if they would waive the race fees and they said yes.
Today I am packing, it will take 3 days to pack and cook for 11 of us, these boys, my two kids and Myself and Mario.
You can imagine 11 sleep bags, 11 camp mats, 11 bikes, 11 helmets, 11 place settings, 9 meals for 11 people, 3 sleeping tents, 2 dinning tents.
The boys have trained once a week since early June and have had two night rides.
They will be a all male team under 100 years of age.
Jordan- Kisangani, Republic Of Congo
D'Jemcy Pierre- Haiti
Yvan- Senegal, Africa
Ben Leo- Haiti
Esdras- Cameroun, Africa
|Those bike jerseys look vaguely familiar. Who knew two fast little guys would fill them out so well.|