The header image is my brother Jeff and me after our “make-up” ride last year. We both got Covid the week of the ride so we did our own ride a few weeks later by doing a century ride on the Virginia Capital Trail.
We made it back to the official ride this year. It was year 20, and it was another great weekend in support of an amazing cause and some of the bravest people you’ve ever met. I’m speaking, of course, of all the people fighting MS every day. Progress has been made, but there’s still no cure for this son-of-a-bitch of a disease. It’s slow, progressive, and insidious. Riding a bike from Richmond to Williamsburg and back is easy by comparison.
Thank you to the MS Society, all organizers, supporters, donors, vendors, partners and riders.
There’s still time to support the effort. Go to jaysmack.com/MS2023 or click the image below to sponsor me. It’s my brother Jeff and me at the start line in Richmond on Saturday, June 3.
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Short clip from the ride from Richmond to Williamsburg on Saturday.
Today’s episode is a recap of the 3rd Annual Go Forward Together Ride. It was recorded at Final Gravity Brewing, the start/finish line for the ride and site of the after party. The after party actually became the main event as we had to cancel the ride due to remnants of Hurricane Ian rolling in and a state of emergency having been declared. Safety is always the #1 priority. Participating in the discussion are :
-Andrea Starr – Executive Director of the Forward Foundation
-Dan Cherkis – Forward Foundation cyclist advisory board and ride leader of the Carytown Bicycles Saturday morning group ride
-Tim Mullins – Market Manager Atlantic, Specialized Owned Retail
-Bryan Oprel – General Manager Carytown Bicycle Co., Specialized Owned Retail
-and me, Jay Smack – Forward Foundation cyclist advisory board and host and producer of the Good Eye Podcast.
This subject came up on a cycling blog thread the other day. It’s worth looking into. It’s never happened to me (now that I’ve said that it will), but I’ve been with people to whom it has happened. It’s absolutely terrifying and they were understandably rattled. And although I’ve never been with anyone who has gone down because of it, it often results in a crash.
This is a really good article on the subject and explains how and why they happen. Knowing the physics behind them really helps to understand how you might bring them under control and not crash. And, as we all know, knowing is half the battle!
Jonah Holland was struck and killed by a drunk driver last Saturday, August 13 while cycling along Osbourne Turnpike near Richmond. She was cycling with Natalie Rainer who was also struck and remains hospitalized. Jonah was an avid cyclist and swimmer and a member of numerous community organizations as is Natalie.
At the time of release of this podcast there are several ways to help. A “Take Them A Meal” page has been set up for Jonah’s family, but states that the schedule is full. You can contact the organizer for other ways to help.
The 2021 Go Forward Team Ride to benefit the Forward Foundation is in the books. We had great weather with lots of families on-site during the ride. The 50-mile ride itself went smoothly. No incidents, crashes or punctures – all-in-all a picture perfect day for cycling. Huge thanks and gratitude to everyone that came out to support the Forward Foundation. There was a 20-miler, a 10-miler and kids’ ride and lots of fun, food and activities at Dorey Park this weekend. Please consider making a donation in support of this great organization led my Executive Director and CEO Andrea Starr. They work tirelessly to provide support and resources to single parents in financial crisis. See you next year!
Watch clips from the ride:
If you’re on the activity tracking platform Strava you can check out the ride here:
The 2nd Annual Go Forward Team Ride to benefit the Forward Foundation is Saturday, Sept. 18 at Dorey Park in Henrico County. There are 3 rides and 3 distances: the 50 mile team ride led by Jay Smack, the 10 mile everyman ride, and a 1 mile kids’ fun ride. On-site we’ll have activities, food and fun and Rebecca Wilde from Wicker and Wilde in the morning on Mix 98.1 (https://www.audacy.com/mix981richmond…) will be there. Walk-up registration for all 3 rides is available the day of at Dorey Park. It’s a family-friendly and pet-friendly event. For more info go to www.forwardfoundationva.org and use the hastag #goforwardtogether.
The Forward Foundation assists mothers in financial crisis. This Richmond-based non-profit is headed up by the amazing Andrea Starr whose dedication and passion helps drive the Forward Foundation on their mission to help women who so desperately need it.
Last year’s inaugural Go Forward Team Ride was a huge success despite the many challenges that come with a new fundraising event and of course, COVID. So this year’s event is bigger, better and shaping up to be a blast for everyone. It will be a family-friendly event to be held at Dorey Park and will include the main 50-mile ride, a 10-mile ride and a kids’ fun ride within the park. It’s gonna be safe and fun and everyone is welcome.
This episode of the Good Eye Podcast is a joint episode with the Synapse Hubcast. It features Jay speaking with representatives for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Renee Fairchild of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, and John Tyndall of the St. Jude Young Professionals of Richmond which unites with local leaders of tomorrow to help advance cures for pediatric cancer while providing young professionals an avenue to grow in their philanthropy and create the building blocks of a lifelong and diverse professional network.
The conversation revolves around St. Jude’s mission to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment, and also around the first St. Jude Cycle Challenge hosted by the Young Professionals of Richmond in which Jay is participating.