Buy raffle tickets. Support Hope Lives. Win Prizes. Simple.
Meredith Miller, cyclocross badass and former national road champ, is raising money this October to support Hope Lives. The Fort Collins charity offers services and support for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Miller chose Hope Lives, because fundraising for a local charity allows her to see the results of her efforts. The dollars she raises go directly to women in her Fort Collins community. Even small donations make a difference.
Want to help Miller reach her fundraising goal of $10,000 this year? All this week, you can buy raffle tickets to support Hope Lives and possibly win some pretty awesome prizes donated by the cycling industry.
This year’s grand prize is an S-Works Crux built up with SRAM Red and a Zipp 101 wheelset. There are also prizes from Thule, Kinetic, Light and Motion, Strava, Oakley, lululemon, Modify, and Boa Closure Systems.
Raffle tickets are $5 per ticket. Head to Bikereg to get yours. Tickets are on sale through 1 November, and Meredith will announce the winner on her website, mmcyclist.com.
Want more information? Go here.
Megan Guarnier won yesterday’s prologue at the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Guarnier is one of the up and coming talents in U.S. women’s racing. Last year, she won the Giro di Toscana. She told me it was purely accidental. She was really trying to win the points jersey. All accidents should be so nice.
Meredith Miller is a former U.S. national champion, and usually rides as road captain for Team Tibco. Miller is the kind of strong, calm rider who holds a team together and who routinely sacrifices her own ambitions for the team’s successes. Miller is taking a break after a long cross season, but she took the time to write Megan a letter. It’s lovely. Really, just go read it.
Toscana wasn’t an easy Tour to win, but you did. I’m confident you know what it takes. You have a strong team around you. Your teammates give you so many cards to play. If you race like a single unit, support one another, keep your teammates motivated and remain comfortable asking for help, the team will come through for you – and you will go home with the yellow jersey on your back.
Guarnier will have her work cut out for her to hold on to the race lead. Amber Neben of Specialized-lululemon is currently second. Ali Powers of NOW is third.
Neben made a wild dash from El Salvador, where she was chasing UCI points. She won the Pan-American time trial championship, and was leading the Tour of El Salvador until a bike-eating monster pothole ended her chances. Neben made it to Redlands in time to grab seven hours of sleep and then, race to a second place. That’s pro, right there.
The women are on the road now racing the second stage, the Beaumont road race.
Meredith Miller: Dear Megan