Dirty 30 lives up to its nickname as expected. (at Route 30, approaching PDX)
LIOTR Stage 1 Overview
June 17, 2013. Stage 1 departs Seaside, OR and meanders on to Portland via Astoria and the Helvetia and Scappoose highways. As we leave the coast we’ll encounter 80+ miles of beautiful rolling woodland hills that eventually lead to downtown Portland. After a brief coffee stop at Rapha HQ, we travel through eastern Portland and begin the long ascent to Government Camp, OR. We’ll stay there at the base of Mt Hood and rest up for another day of climbing.
Stage 1 Dedications
Jim Sunderland got to know Leave It On The Road through our social media outreach. He was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in March of 2011 at the age of 46, despite having no risk factors or family history. He pursued an aggressive treatment plan, and at the end of 10 months of treatment was disease free. The long-term chemo took a tool on his body, but he was back on his bike in January 2012. A routine scan in February 2013 found two very small and slow growing tumors in his right lung. They were removed in April and confirmed to be mets of the original colon cancer. Jim started chemo in May and will end in August. He looks forward to being back on the bike and hopefully racing cyclocross again in the fall. Every bike ride he has done since his diagnosis he views as a celebration of life and sticking his thumb in cancer’s eye.
Amy Melinda Ogmundson, age 26, died Feb. 6th, 2013 after an 8-year long fight with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Her bout with cancer began just after graduating high school at age 18. Amy was a gifted musician and athlete, and had a great love for children and all of God’s creatures. She had a beautiful singing voice and sang for many events that were benefits for Children’s Regional Medical Center in Seattle, where she received treatment.
LIOTR Custom Engraved Tudor Fastriders
We’d like to welcome Tudor Watches to the LIOTR family and say a huge thanks for their support of our mission and our fundraising goals. As the Tudor brand returns to the US this year, we’ll be putting these custom engraved Fastrider Chronos to the test on our journey across the country. We are insanely thrilled to be working with them to reach new audiences for the LIOTR message, thanks for all of your support!
Hotel coffee sucks!
Thanks to @grimpeurbros and Baratza we’re are PRO when it comes to mobile coffee. Inside this bad boy we’ve got a Baratza Virtuoso grinder, Bona Vita thermal 1800 coffee maker, scale & filters. And 5 lbs of special edition LIOTR coffee, which you can ORDER RIGHT NOW and help fight colon cancer with your purchase. Details at grimpeurbros.com.
I’ve ridden this climb I don’t know how many of hundreds of times in the last two years. I’m tired of the climb, but I never get tired of the view that is earned. Looking down at Portland like this I realize how much I’ll miss my wife, my dogs, friends - even work. All this time training for LIOTR I knew it would be difficult, but I hadn’t fully understood all the ways in which it would be difficult until now. Less than 48 hours to go before the journey of a lifetime and I’m already looking forward to climbing this hill that I’m so sick of when I return.
Shop Visit: Sugar Wheelworks
We recently stopped by our awesome sponsor Sugar Wheelworks to drop off a pile of carbon Enve rims and gold Chris King hubs. Sugar is building up the wheelsets for our journey and there’s no one we’d trust more. From our first interaction with Jude, they have been super positive and supportive of our mission and we can’t thank them enough. We shot a few b/w medium format photos as Jude Jay and Isabelle worked on some upcoming builds for other customers. Check them out at www.sugarwheelworks.com
Sacha’s Balance Test
We’re doing an IG takeover with @bicyclingmag for the next few days. Follow them to check out the behind the scenes process of fitting, designing, manufacturing, painting & building the LIOTR Speedvagens at @thevanillaworkshop.
The Leave It On The Road Custom Speedvagen
It is an honor, a privilege and a responsibility to ride these bikes across the country. They are cancer fighters, pure and simple. These bikes will help us raise awareness and funds to fight colon cancer. They were crafted of steel by Sacha White and the Vanilla Workshop in Portland, OR. We would like to say a huge thank you to Sacha, the team at the Vanilla Workshop, Rapha and all of our component sponsors at Sugar Wheelworks, Enve, Chris King, SRAM, Continental and Quarq. We cannot wait to ride across the country on these machines.
Introducing LIOTR Coffee!
Ok, this is where things start to get really awesome. We have partnered with @grimpeurbros to make a special LIOTR single origin coffee. It’ll get us out of bed and rolling every day of LIOTR. Follow @grimpeurbros for ordering details. www.grimpeurbros.com