We’re still reeling from the Rapha Rides for Tohoku event yesterday. It was amazing and memorable in so many ways! Someone described the event as “chaos embraced in camaraderie”.
The pre-ride details are here.
We had 104 riders out on the road. We also had about 20 donations from people that couldn’t make the ride. Funds raised were just under $3,000. Rapha is matching this, along with the Ride Studio Cafe; so the Boston area ride raised just under $9,000 for the Japanese Red Cross! The ride was a remarkable show of local solidarity and support for our friends in Japan.
We have too many people to thank for making this event so great; here are a few thank yous:
Thank you John and Pamela Blayley for designing the ride and putting together the cue sheet—and for actually leading a ride of more than 100 people; the turnout was well beyond our expectations. Pamela and John developed a route that enabled riders to cut the 65-miler short if needed—very smart; they introduced some beautiful well hidden roads to some very seasoned riders; they were consummate professionals throughout the mayhem.
Thank you to the RSC Club and Team members that helped out along the way; you are too many to name but we won’t forget all the work you did to keep the ride organized. You did the Studio proud.
Thank you Petar Tomich from Mavic for driving the neutral support vehicle. From what we’ve heard so far Petar didn’t have to perform any major on-the-road service. He helped out before and after the event, too.
Most important, THANK YOU Rapha for putting this global event together. Thank you for inviting us to participate; we’re proud to be partners with Rapha and honored to have ridden in spirit with the other 22 Rapha events around the world during the weekend.
Finally, we’d like to thank the Boston area cycling community for showing such ardent support for friends in Japan. We heard so many kindhearted thoughts for the people of Japan, so much solidarity, and a warm sense of camaraderie. Thank you to all that represented and donated! It was moving to see how the Boston area cyclists came together in this very positive way. We are incredibly fortunate to be part of the Boston cycling community.
Our thoughts remain with our friends in Japan. Here are some images from one of the rides in Japan.
Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen. Here is the list of riders and donors. Our apologies for any typos and omissions. Let us know if we’ve transposed anything incorrectly.
The Blayleys: John & Pamela
Tjoru E. Perry
Matt and Susi O’Keefe
Pierre Vanden Barre
Brad Kupa Smith
Mo Bruno Roy
Members of Mavic Service Courses
Dana Oshiro and Will Leavitt
Green Line Velo Team
Yoshi and Miho