These are crazy times we live in, until recently I had been training for, and had every intention in, competing in the Iron Man Series with my first race initially being scheduled in just a few weeks. But, due to the current COVID-19 Coronavirus situation, the race has been postponed. What started as a joke with my father about when and how I was coming home from my hiatus stay in Florida, recently has turned into a concrete plan. I have decided and fully committed to hopefully putting my endurance training to the test and with the hopes that I can raise some money along the way.
With that being said I have started the journey of Cycle for Coffee. Those of you who know me know that I am a huge coffee nerd. From traveling to Asia to visit different farms and handpick the ripe green beans, to taking classes and reading books about the roasting process, I have become fascinated by not only the culture itself but also the community. And more importantly, the local community that has helped me over the years, whether they know it or not. Whether it is the small talk on a Monday morning, watching them create a masterpiece with latte art on a Sunday, or just the simple pleasure of a quality cold brew; there aren't many things I've found consistent in getting me out of a funk, but that morning quality coffee or freshly roasted bean that I homebrew is always a staple. With that being said, most of these people who work hard to bring us our morning cups of coffee every day have lost their only source of income with the implementation of quarantining and social distancing rules.
All of this has brought me to my Cycle for Coffee journey. A 1,300 mile biking journey starting in Siesta Key, Florida and ending in New York City. I am cycling to raise money for the baristas who work at the local coffee shop, Modcup Coffee, in Jersey City. The goal is to give financial relief to the baristas and roasters in their time of need. I'll be documenting my journey the entire time and will be going live often to show just how unique this ride will be.
Being Blessed with the support system I have through friends and family, I have an awesome group of people that have jumped on board to support me in this endeavor. Vital Proteins with the help of Dan Caron, Thr33 Active CBD Recovery Cream with the help of Stafford Schlitt and Devon Levesque, HPLT with the help of Brian Mazza, my father Scott Doran who is sending my bike down and all the gear I need to make it home safely and responsibly, Giannis and Lupo's Pizzaeria with the help of Andrew Datre (for donating money towards housing expenses), Quantum Square's Energy Coffee Bars, and still working out the details on a few more sponsors. All of this help and support is truly amazing and greatly appreciated.
Right now is a weird time for everyone, and I know it's even harder to ask for money when the financial future for most is uncertain. If you are unable to donate it is completely fine. Hopefully, you can share the link and my story to bring exposure to the cause.
Thank you all,
- tara leone
- Andy DiPietro
- Bryan DOttavi
Organizer and beneficiary
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