Category: Cycling

Video: Go Forward Team Ride

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!

Forward Foundation

Watch clips from the ride:

If you’re on the activity tracking platform Strava you can check out the ride here:

UPDATE – Go Forward Team Ride and Tour de Midnight

The Go Forward Team Ride and the Tour de Midnight have joined forces. Ride the Go Forward Team Ride this Saturday and you’ll receive a code to ride Tour de Midnight at a discount.
The 2nd Annual GO FORWARD Team Ride to benefit the Forward Foundation is this Saturday Sept 18 from Dorey Park
The Tour de Midnight to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia is Saturday Oct 16 from Midnight Brewery
REGISTER HERE, for the Go Forward Team Ride or click the link above.


Go Forward Team Ride Promo

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 (…) 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 and use the hastag #goforwardtogether.

Go Forward Team Ride To Benefit The Forward Foundation

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.

Learn more about the Forward Foundation

Learn more and sign up for the Go Forward Team Ride

Check out the 50-mile course.

Check out the 10-mile course.

Good Eye Podcast Ep58 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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.

#StJudeYPRVA #ForStJude

Sponsor Jay by clicking here.

Find out more about St. Jude and get involved.


UPDATE: Fix-gear cycling through NY and some RVA Action on the channel

This video is something of a meditation. Sick of the noise and political harangue-n-bicker? Put this on, turn the volume down (or leave it up if you prefer), put on a chill tune or 6 or 7, and let it flow. I neither created nor own any of this content. Full credit to Terry Barentsen’s awesome channel. #yaybikes #bikesrule #terrybarentsen

UPDATE (10-19-20)

A few days before I posted this video on the site, Terry Barentsen was in Richmond.  Here’s a video from his visit.

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