Updated posted by Ernest Gagnon 21 days ago
We did it 45.4 Miles!...
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.
Created by Ernest Gagnon on February 10, 2013
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. Well Today I’m down to 330lbs, and in 2012, raced in 9 Cyclocross races. All was well till Mid Nov. 2012 when I lost my job. My company had layoffs. They let go 35 people and I was one of them. This was a huge blow. Today I’m still job searching while trying to keep up the cycling and racing. As some of you may know bikes and bike racing can be very expensive, and I’m lucky to have some great sponsors, but without a full time job and living just on Unemployment, it makes it much harder to make ends meet, and make sure I have money to go to races, eat right, keep the current bike I have for training and racing... Add to that money for medications I need to take care of my type 2 diabetes and other heath related issues. But because of cycling, I have been able to help reduce these health issues and getting my life back.
In 2013 I plan to do a ton of riding and training during the late winter, spring and summer. Along with the goal of riding in as many US states as I can. I’m not physically able a this point to bike ride from state to state (2014/2015ish goal), but I want to conduct group rides ride with as many groups, teams and other cyclists as I can to promote cycling, weight loss, and exercise.
To do this I will have to travel to these locations (via air, auto, bus, or train what ever works best) and setup a 10 to 50 mile bike ride from that point. I also want to help people who are dealing with depression and anxiety issues related to weight and other weight related issues. I also will try to bring one of the racers who helped me along to join us on these rides.
By the time I do all this and fall hits I’ll be ready for the 2013 cyclocross season and try to race in 11 cyclocross races. (in 2012 I raced in 9 races, 2011, zero!). Hopefully in 2014 I can break into the world of road cycling.
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.
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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.
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posted by Patrick Stephenson 2 months ago
Yes Ernest, Come South we have the highest rates of both Heart Disease and Diabetes! I was just telling someone that you needed to do just this, travel around. Do come to Tallahassee! I suggest getting lots of sponsors and letting people make donations. Subway and other healthy eating establishment, hotels and lodging facilities, there are so many. You need someone to really look out for your well being while you are contributing for such a cause! How about that guy from Oprah, the cooking guy who travels around too!
posted by M Keller 3 months ago
Ernest, I am going to work on bringing you to St Louis. I can tell you that our own shop, @Alpine Shop, will be a sponsor. Now I have to drum up some others. Thank you for your inspiration.
posted by Lisa Hollenbeck 3 months ago
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