Community Events: March Recap

In this post we’re looking back at March in our over 100 stores all across the country, where our teams were busy putting on clinics, supporting rides and helping out in their local cycling communities. If you want more info about your local Performance Bicycle, check your local store page for regularly scheduled Spin Doctor clinics & group rides.

First up is our Tucson Speedway, AZ store, who provided tech support for their local American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure ride last month.

Our team was excited to be out on the course on a crisp Arizona spring day, supporting the riders as they raised money for the fight against diabetes.

Here’s a shot of our Spin Doctor team ready for action underneath our tent – they stayed busy all day doing quick tune-ups, helping with flats and otherwise making sure any rider who came by was ready for their ride.

Our La Mesa, CA store was lucky enough to be involved with a different type of awareness ride last month, as well, when they helped out at the send-off celebration for Tom Skinner and his son Parry (plus Tom’s service dog, Scrubs). Tom and Parry are riding across America, California to Vermont, to raise awareness for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

You can read more about Tom and his journey to understand PTSD on his blog (and track his progress), but Tom’s plan is to make stops along the way of his 117 day journey to raise awareness of PTSD by sharing his presentation, “What Comes after Welcome Home” at colleges, universities, churches and veterans’ organizations. Sean, the manager of our La Mesa store, lead the effort to get Tom and Parry plenty of cycling clothing, gear and accessories for their big ride.

The La Mesa kickoff itself was a fun event, as the mayor of La Mesa, along with the help of many other community members, helped send Tom and Parry off in style. We helped out by giving free safety inspections for folks who showed up to ride thanks to James, the manager of our Kearney Mesa store. Please join us in wishing Tom, Parry and Scrubs the best of luck on their journey, and their mission to raise awareness of PTSD.

The team from our Columbia, MD store got some TV time with a reporter from WBAL-TV and Jillian Beam from Team Challenge, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s endurance training and fundraising program. Performance Bicycle is an official sponsor of Team Challenge in the Mid-Atlantic region, so they dropped by our store to tape a segment for WBAL-TV’s morning program – the reporter got in the spirit by wearing one of our Ultra jerseys for the broadcast!

Our Boise, ID store hosted a local club called Community Bicycle Rides for a “season kick-off” at our store. Over 100 cyclists dropped by to reconnect after the winter and get ready for the 2012 ride season.

 The purpose of this club is to help those who are getting into the sport of cycling – as club members grow in their skills, they start more rigorous training for various charity cycling events. The club started in 2005 with a handful of members and has grown to over 400 strong! Most of the riders are at the enthusiast level and love to get together to share time on the road and in the foothills.

Tod, our Operations Manager, Matt Causey, our Sales Manager, and Matt Renspurger, our Store Manager, enjoyed chatting with their guests about the services we provide in our shop and about cycling in general. But the highlight of the evening was the refreshment area for our guests to try some of the nutrition products - Honey Stinger Waffles were a particular favorite. There was even a raffle for 2 new Ultra Jerseys to finish off the evening’s fun!

Greg, Javier and Roger from our Bonita, CA store participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new section of the Bayshore Bikeway in Bonita. About 150 fellow cyclists showed up for the ceremony, and our team set up a tent and handed out trail maps and flyers for our Grow up with Performance growth guarantee.

Our guys had fun welcoming folks and making new friends, and even put a few bikes in the repair stands to make some quick adjustments before riders hit the new bike path.

Our Roswell, GA team recently helped out with one of the starting points for the Georgia Rides to the Capitol event, a cycling advocacy event that demonstrated the widespread support in Georgia for better bicycling conditions and opportunities. Our team helped out with free adjustments for riders before the start of the main ride, and then accompanied the pack towards the capitol.

About 300 people started from where we were set up, but by the time they reached downtown Atlanta there were well over 1,000 participants, including cyclists from all over the Metro Atlanta area and even as far away as Athens and Augusta. Our guys were proud to be involved with such a meaningful ride.

Speaking of checking over bikes before their ride, here’s a pic of Joe from our San Antonio, TX store making some last minute adjustments to a bike before the LBJ 100 Bicycle Ride in San Antonio. A team from our store helped support this ride through the Texas Hill Country, that starts and ends on the famous LBJ ranch.

Staying in Texas, our North Austin, TX store provided tech support for the Spokes ‘n Spurs ride, a Hill Country bike ride benefiting Spirit Reins, a non-profit whose mission is to improve the emotional and behavioral health of children with the help of horses.

Above are 2 members of the team from our Redmond, WA at a fitness fair put on by Universal Avionics. Our guys were a big hit, since many of their employees commute to work daily, made easier by a room with multiple bike racks dedicated to holding employees bikes while at work!  We were surprised to learn Universal Avionic employees made up for 33% of the Tour de Redmond bicycle commute challenge participants last year.

Mark and Will from our Berkeley, CA store recently helped out with a local Bike-a-Thon event sponsored by a school in Berkeley.  Mark lead a safety clinic for the kids and their parents and also coordinated a ride around the neighborhood.

Will checked over and made adjustments to many bikes, both for the kids and their parents. Everyone had a great time and our team looks forward to seeing these families out on the road or in our shop.

Our Orland Park, IL store hosted a safety and basic bike skills clinic for a local Cub Scout pack.  As you can see, Spin Doctor candidate Nico did a great job teaching the  primarily first and second graders (6-8 years old)  basic bike safety, rules of the road, how to air up tires and adjust seat height, and how to clean and lube their chains – it’s always fun when you have motivated students!

Sam from our San Antonio, TX store also had a great time teaching a Cub Scout pack last month. Working with younger riders was a new experience for Sam, so he had to tweak his normal safety instructions to connect well for the 8-10 year old riders. They talked about bicycle safety and basic bicycle maneuvering, and even rode through an impromptu bicycle obstacle course.

Now let’s move on to clinics – this picture shows a special Garmin demo clinic at our Charlotte, NC store. Our local Garmin rep dropped by the store to show our guests just a few of the special features built into those handy Garmin bike GPS units.

Speaking of clinics, here’s a slideshow from our latest Spin Doctor Trailside/Roadside Maintenance Clinic, featuring our Chandler, AZ, La Mesa, CALaguna Hills, CASan Mateo, CANewark, DERoswell, GAPaoli, PAPittsburgh, PASouthlake, TX stores.

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