Category: Cycling

Good Eye Podcast – Go Forward Together Ride Recap

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.

Go Forward Together Ride
The Forward Foundation
Carytown Bicycle Company 
Final Gravity Brewing

For a complete list of sponsors and media partners go to goforwardtogetherride.com

Cycling – the dreaded speed wobble

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!

Cycling Tips article on speed wobbles. 

Good Eye Podcast – Jonah and Natalie – Cyclist Safety and Awareness

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.

Meals for John, Josie and Grayson Holland

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with Natalie’s expenses and hospital bills which will be significant.

Help Natalie Rainer Recover

Story from CBS 6 in Richmond

Feel free to reach out here via email at goodeyepodcast.com.

#liveforjonah

Go Forward Together Ride 2022 – Routes and Info

This is the 50-mile route and the 1.5-mile kids’ route for this year’s Go Forward Together cycling event fundraiser.

This year we’re proud to have added some new partners.  In addition to sponsors Primis Bank, The Goddard School, Virginia Credit Union, The Social Ginger, and Garth’s Gourmet Goodness, Final Gravity Brewing will be the location of the start/finish and the post-ride celebration, and the word is that they’ll be brewing a beer especially for the ride.  Carytown Bicycle Company will provide mechanical assistance and support.  And Palani Drive is providing lunch for the registered riders thanks to food sponsor Red River Foods.

Check out the routes via the Google Maps below, and get more info and sign up via the link.

#goforwardtogether


INFO, SIGN-UP AND SOCIAL
Go Forward Together Ride info and sign-up – find all the info you need and register for the ride.
Go Forward Together Strava Club – all are welcome whether you’re doing the ride or not because COMMUNITY.


ROUTES AND GPS
Strava Route
Garmin Connect Course
Ride With GPS Route


Google Maps of both routes – the 50-miler and the Kids’ Ride.

 

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.
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The 2nd Annual GO FORWARD Team Ride to benefit the Forward Foundation is this Saturday Sept 18 from Dorey Park
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The Tour de Midnight to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia is Saturday Oct 16 from Midnight Brewery
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REGISTER HERE, for the Go Forward Team Ride or click the link above.

#goforwardtogether

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 (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.

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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