Yes, it is official – we are going it again! In just under two months we will embark on the 2020 version of Curt’s Ride To Cure Cancer, our annual 620-mile bike ride down the east coast of Florida to help fund the American Cancer Society and research to find a cure for cancer.
Except . . . well . . . this year will be different! There is pretty much not one single thing that is normal about 2020. So why should Curt’s Ride be an exception?
OK folks, here’s the deal. We had been hoping that things would heading toward a clean resolution of the coronavirus situation in Florida by the time we would be heading for the Sunshine State. But the reality is that will not be the case any time soon. Given the ongoing situation with the pandemic, there was no way that we could reasonably hold Curt’s Ride in the traditional format.So, Curt’s Ride will not be held in Florida this year.
Instead, we are going to try something new :
The 2020 “Virtual” Curt’s Ride To Cure Cancer(Curt’s Team Together – Apart)
This is how it works:
Rather than asking everyone to haul yourself, your bike, and your gear off to the far southeast, and then schlep everything 100 miles at a time from hotel to hotel to hotel, we are going to make it easier.
This year, each member of Curt’s Team will be riding from home (to be clear : your home, not mine).
To participate in the 2020 Virtual Curt’s Ride, you will:
– Sign up on the Curt’s Ride web site to become a member of the team (see details below)- Set your fund-raising goals for the ride.
– Order your 2020 Curt’s Ride bike jersey (Sid is working on the design right now, more info on how to order will be coming soon)
– Each day of the ride, you will identify a local route around your neighborhood, town, county, or state.
– Pick a route that works for you, based on your choice of paths, roads, and trails that will allow you to cover the target distance for the day.
– Ride your chosen route, completing the distance at the pace that works for you.- Each evening, we will tag up on-line to log distances, tell war stories, recount injuries, and tally the daily Curt’s Curbside Critter Carnage Count (C^5).
We will be riding every day during the first week of October, as usual. We will all still be riding together for a cure – but doing it apart! Although we won’t be all riding the same route together, there are several advantages of the approach that we will be taking this year.
– You won’t have to pack up all your cycling stuff any schlep it off to Florida.
– No additional arrangements or expenses for lodging.- No need to pack and unpack all your stuff from the van each morning and evening.
– Daily access to a laundry (yours) for your bike kit!- No dodging iguanas through the Keys!
If you will be riding with us, please sign up as a Curt’s Ride team member on the Curt’s Ride page by going to https://curtsride.info/ and clicking on the “Join” link to register as a Curt’s Ride participant. As has been done for the past few years, we are using the American Cancer Society web presence as the Curt’s Ride fundraising mechanism. The previous platform on Crowdrise has been merged with GoFundMe Charity, and GoFundMe Charity is now the platform provider. If you rode with us in 2018 or 2019, your previous Crowdrise account should have transferred over and you should be able to link your existing account to the new 2020 Curt’s Ride campaign.
-Dave and Stacey