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Canned Food Drive Ride A Success

November 24, 2015

This past weekend, thirty smiling, excited, and kind-hearted riders joined us and Easton Park, Bicycle Sport Shop Cycling Club’s Premiere Corporate Sponsor for 2016, for our first Canned Food Drive Ride. Young and old, roadies and mountain bikers, guys and gals, all joined in as we rode to make a difference in our community by supporting those in need of a little help this holiday season.

The ride to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas was cool and clear.

The ride to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas was cool and clear.

We collected nonperishable food items at all three of our stores and employees, customers, and friends made contributions large and small to the cause. On Friday, November 20, we gathered all the donations from the Research and Parmer stores and sent them to Lamar for the next day’s big ride.

Despite Saturday’s hefty winds and early clouds, the sun came out and a good group–including many of our Cycling Club members—-loaded messenger bags, backpacks, panniers, baskets, racks and trailers with all of the donated items to transfer them to the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas by bike. As we prepared to embark on our delivery, Therapy Coffee was on hand to keep us warm with their delicious espresso and coffee drinks.

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Riders unload bags and bikes with all the generously donated items.

The ride from the Lamar store to the food bank was 7 miles of talking, laughing, and smiles. Even with cool temps, spirits were warm as everyone pedaled up Congress. Once at the food bank, we unloaded the donations and the CAFBT staff set to quantifying all the food generously donated over the previous weeks—435 pounds, which equals 363 meals for Central Texans in need. Simply amazing!

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Professor Al holds the receipt–435 pounds of donated food!

The ride back—right into a stiff north wind—was at least downhill and everyone made it back to Lamar for some breakfast goodies and a sense of satisfaction from a job well done. Everyone had great fun, all the better as it was for a great cause.

We’re so pleased that so many customers, employees, and friends were all there to lend a hand. There was even a couple who had never done an organized ride—this was their first one! We’re also excited that folks from Easton Park were involved in making the event a success. Easton Park’s Lifestyle Director, Amy Vleck, said “[t]oday was a blast, and I am so glad I got to participate! I’m very excited Easton Park is partnering with the Bicycle Sport Shop and looking forward to what else we’ll plan for 2016!“ We can’t wait either.

Thank you to everyone that played a role in making the Canned Food Drive Ride such a hit.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 30, 2015 9:29 pm

    I’d like to buy a new road bike, but I can’t imagine ever spending good money on something so god-awful ugly—even it it can do it all. I recently flipped through Bicycling’s buyer’s guide and wondered: does anyone make a road bike that you wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen on?

    • djcurtin permalink
      December 2, 2015 4:58 am

      There are many different bikes to choose from, and one that’s bound to appeal to a given rider. Stop by the shop and have the sales staff show you some options! And thanks for reading!

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