BTW sorry for the lack up updates.. Between, 2 Facebook accounts, Twitter, Facebook Fan page, Linkedin and other accounts add riding, working, racing, and then trying find time to sleep, its been hard to keep them all up to date.. If you like to follow me and my progress please vist my fan page at https://www.facebook.com/ernestgagnoncyclist.
Had a great weekend of riding.. Almost 100 miles in for the week.. Thanks everyone for your continued support.
Had a great weekend of riding!!
Wanted to thank all of you who have donated and helped me with my cycling and cyclocross racing this year. This weekend ill be racing at Orchard Cross if you all want to come out and cheer me on.. I race in the cat 4/5 race at 8:30am. Thanks again !
Here are some photos of last weekend and weekend before Cyclocross races from Gloucester and Providence
Gloucester and Providence CX races
Cyclocross racing will start in a few weeks! If you like to help with funding, the costs of racing and training please visit my Go Fund Page.
Goal for me, I'm at 1966 miles so far for the year in rding, Goal is 2400 miles plus by the end of July. My weekly goal is 100 plus a week for riding. Help me get there!
Been a great week of riding! Rode 118.5 miles / 10 hours 20 min ride time on the bike for the week.
We did it 45.4 Miles! Thanks goes out to Nate, Stuart, Cosmo & Ben for riding with me today. Ride info. http://app.strava.com/athletes/272804
Help keep rides like this and my training going, Visit my gofundme page to help with funding of these rides and training.
Today in CT, will be doing my longest ride ever in Simsbury on the rail trial Heading North if U like to Join us.
Well Broke 1 personal record, and got 2 and 3 place numbers on that same segment on Strava tonight! Training is going well, and Planning on a ride in PA in May, as part of my ride in all 50 states project. Really could use your help to get me to PA and with funding with training costs. Still Looking for job. My old job had a round of layoffs in Nov, and I was one of 25 let go. So if you like to help out, it would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Help me Start the ride in all 50 states idea off right.. Help get me to SC, Ride is April 20th, First ride of the ride in all 50 states idea!
The Ride in Charleston SC is coming together. We are looking at either April 13th or the 20th to do the the Ride, Final date coming soon.
Hi All Have two rides almost set for April. Columbia, Missouri, and Charleston, SC. There will be events pages posted. As some people/teams have requested, One of my racing friend who ride and train with me will be coming down with me on these trips. They are great people and are a big reason why I'm riding and racing. So ill keep you posted on these, and if you can help out with funding on this and my 2013 cycling season please click on the link.
Wow I wanted to thank so much for the people who have donated to my cycling, training and all that and my 50 state idea.. means so much.. i'm crying right now because wow... Cyclists are such amazing people.. your all my hero's!
I'm attempting to setup group rides in all 50 states to promote cycling and better health with cycling. If you like to setup a group ride please contact me via Facebook or to help with funding with this and or my 2013 cycling season, please visit.. http://www.gofundme.com/21jz60
If you like to help out with funding in regards to the ride in all 50 states idea or my 2013 cyling season please click on the link!
Did my first outside ride in a while. Much stronger then a few weeks ago. I think ill be much faster for the group road rides for 2013!
Hi all! Once again I want to thank all who has donated to my cause so far. The ride in all 50 states idea has taken off with a few rides already set, with others in the works. Last week was a great training week, Did 9 hours on the bike, and plan to do the same this week. If you like to donate to the ride in all 50 states idea and my 2013 cycling season please click the link.
Just wanted to thank all the people who have donated so far in helping me out with funding of my 2013 cycling season and with my riding in all 50 states idea.
Back 2 plus years ago I started taking on one of the biggest challenges of my life. Losing all the extra weight that I have gained since childhood, 570lbs. I was going to consider surgery, but with the great support from the cycling community, I got a bike and started riding with the dream of racing. UPDATE Today I am down to 305 lbs, feeling better depsite a minor heart scare in Jan 2014.
In 2014 I have some new plans and goals. First I want to do my first 65 non stop bike ride. In 2013 I did my first non stop 51 mile bike ride. Also I want to try to get out to as many states as I can and ride with you all, the racers, the riders and the new cyclsits that make up our great communtiy. Get some group rides going! I want to reach out and help people who are struggling with depression and help them be part of the cycling world, to meet new people and ride.
But the most important thing I want to do this year in 2014 is to change the image that some people have about cycling. How some people think Big people or people who look diffrent dont belong on a bike or should not be able rock lycra/spandex ie cycling kit or uniform. As some of you might know, I myself have been targeted recently on this very topic. I want to change this! I want it to be no matter what size, shape, race, age, Sexual orientation"Ž, faith, heath, or what ever else reason you can come up with, you can put on the lycra , put the helmet on and ride a bike! You should not be shamed, or hated on or picked on becaues you dont fit what some people think a cyclist should look like.
Far as racing in 2014, Goal is to do 12 cyclocross races, Do my frist cycling road crit, and do a cycling tour ride.
To do all this and to keep my health in order (i.e. purchase needed medications to maintain my diabetes and heart), and to train, eat right, and to keep cycling going (i.e. money for cycling related travel, fees for races, bike parts, repairs and other equipment) it will take money, Thus I turn to you all for help.
For more information about my story please visit the following NPR and Velo News links below.
(download the Audio file of the actual radio broadcast of the story)
Visit my Strava page to keep track of my Riding, training and races. Visit.... http://app.strava.com/athletes/272804
Thanks so much for reading, and for your help.