One Love 2013 was our most successful yet. We had over 600 riders and raised the more money than any previous year. The first element of success is the help form our volunteers. Our volunteers offer their time, resources, and total dedication to the success of One Love. Eddie started the conference calls many months before the data and we always had a full call. Up do the day of the event when everyone went above and beyond to make the riders enjoy their day. Due to the volunteers giving of time and resources, combined with our very generous sponsors we had a banner year of money raised to give to our beneficiaries. We have worked closely with our beneficiaries over the years and it gives me a great feeling to contribute to their success. A little about them:
SOPO - SOPO is a coop that helps teach people how to fix their own bikes. I relate it to the story of if you give a man a fish he can eat for a day, but if you teach him to fish, he can catch dinner anytime he's not busy riding his bike:) The last time I was there I saw a young man come in and get his hands dirty changing a crankset and bottom bracket and leave on a smooth rolling bike. Stop in and see first hand the impact they have on the people who come in.
DICK LANE VELODROME - Some of the bikes the kids ride at the free classes were a product of the donation from the first One Love. Pete and Jeff are doing a great job and keeping one of the few velodromes in the southeast in tip top shape, with a very active program. The Youth Cycling League is open to all and provides kids expert coaching and a chance to ride and race on the track. Try a class and bring a kid.
WECYCLE - Shawn is starting a coop in the west end. He's in progress of opening a bike shop directly in the community. Shawn is currently working on seeing that the west end (corridor D) is getting it's fair share of money for building the bicycle infrastructure in the neighborhood. Shawn's 40 hours and a bike program was a success and we are glad to support WECYCLE and see it grow.
CYCLES and CHANGE - Neil had a busy year. Working at the national level with League of American Bicyclists. He became one of 18 League of American Bicyclists coaches in the country. He was instrumental in starting a equity advisory council with LAB to work on a national level to promote diversity in cycling. Closer to home Neil has done many safe cycling classes at schools around Atlanta. He also works closely with the Dream Team and we look forward to continuing to aid the success of Cycles and Change.
EAST ATLANTA KIDS CLUB - The EAKC is the best after school program in the city. Every year we our One Love donation helps sponsor a bike rally. It is always a very well run event with bike skills training for the kids. Races for everyone from 6 to 60. Jill Snider$$$ does an awesome job and it's great to see the kids at the bike rally and at One Love year after year grow and develop. There are many success stories coming out of EAKC and we are glad to be a part of it.
DREAM TEAM - 2013 was a big year for the Dream Team too. Atiba has been running the Dream Team for almost 20 years. This year the Dream Team expanded to Valdosta, Macon $$$$$ . The Dream Team has turned from a 1 week a year event to a year round state wide effort engaging youth to learn through cycling. I was lucky enough to ride a portion of the Underground Railroad ride with the Dream Team. It was one of my best experiences on a bike ever. We were riding through rural Tennessee with a thunderstorm approaching thinking of one thing. What would Harriet Tubman do?
A look back through the years in MACC attire . . .
1987* - Where it all started.
*While not an officlal MACC jersey, it was the first jersey worn by club members. The Yellow Jersey Bike Shop was owned by a MACC member and primary sponsor of the inaugural kit.
Rico's Birthday / Hosea Feed The Hungry / Lonnie's Memorial Ride
Drew's House, 1659 Fairburn Rd. Atlanta, Ga. 30331 (parking will be along the side street on Melvin Dr.)
This is the one non-cycling, community outreach effort that MACC supports each year, WE ENCOURAGE EVERYONE to partner with MACC in donating to Hosea Feed The Hungry NOW! Please bring can goods (or a donation) for MACC's "Hosea Feed The Hungry" canned goods food drive.
*If unable to attend the ride you can also contribute online @ http://4hosea.org/
ASHEVILLE BIKES AND BEER REPORT ~ FALL 2013
THE MISSION: MACC visits Beer City USA, and tackles the challenge of visiting as many local breweries and beer establishments as possible, and to balance out our excess on one hand with some great bike riding in and around the city. Translation: the beer shouldn’t get in the way of the riding, and the riding shouldn’t get in the way of the beer!
THE RESULT: 4 MACC members (plus MACC friend Tom Tomaka) managed to visit 10 breweries and ...
Thanks to all who played a part in making the 8th annual MACC One Love Century a roaring success.
First, to all the riders who attended in record numbers this year, we say "thank you". The route has basically not changed since its inception yet we always have people return for their 2nd, 3rd and even 4th ride. Some like the challenge, others support the beneficiaries, but most come back for the people, that 'One Love' spirit that our volunteers bring each year as they serve their fellow cyclists.
Next, we want to recognize our volunteers, MACC members and friends who donate their time and resources each year to help make the MACC One Love Century a "World Class" event. From the feedback we receive from rider interaction and through the survey responses, it is safe to say that everyone appreciates what our volunteers do to make our event special, enabling it to stand out amongst Georgia's cycling calendar.
Finally, we could not do it without our sponsors, they have provided goods, services, volunteers and monetary donations to help produce a great event for our cyclists year after year. Please let them all know how much you enjoyed the One Love Century the next time you visit their business or use their services.
Order your One Love Century jerseys here, or paste this link in your browser (http://champ-sys.com/cycling/retail/teams/macc-one-love-kit)