Last year some generous and creative DP readers came up with a great idea:
Why donít we pool our resources to benefit the
Lance Armstrong Foundation? The idea was formed when we realised many of us would like to support Lance's foundation
and go to Austin for The Ride for the Roses Weekend, but could not afford to
make the trip. If we pooled our resources we could send some readers as Daily
Peloton representatives. If they were open to it, they could take
pictures and write a bit of a story on how the
weekend went so all of us could share in their experience.
Who would that someone be? Thatís the beautiful part. We would draw names
from among the Daily Peloton-Peloton Project donors and send the lucky
winner as our representative. Beautiful plan, no?
So we activated our 2003
Peloton Project fundraising account. The only problem was that we started too late. Still, in only three weeks of
fundraising we raised $5000! That wasnít
enough for the private ride with Lance, but it did qualify us as a Peloton
Project Green Jersey team member, which included entry to a
private reception and some other nice perks.
We drew our winner, and Dave Shields found himself in Austin representing the
DP. You can read his account of the weekend
here. Now for the great
news. Dave returned home with such a
smile on his face that we decided we must return in 2004. He also happens to be
the author of a newly released, highly
acclaimed novel about the Tour de France called The Race, which is
Dave wants to help with our Ride for the Roses game, but more about that in a
So here's the plan:
Our fundraising goal for this year is $200,000, which will be enough to send
20 DP readers to The Ride for the Roses Weekend this October! That is 20 Polka
Dot Jersey donation levels of
Achieving the Polka Dot Jersey level entitles one to various
Winners are flown from anywhere in the continental U.S. round trip to Austin.
Itís a city you donít want to miss!
In Austin, they will
spend four nights in a downtown hotel.
They will receive a commemorative
polka-dot jersey, a Lance Armstrong Foundation
jacket, an original event poster signed by Lance, and lots of other schwag.
Their weekend will include a private ride with
Lance, a ticket to an evening reception and dinner with Lance (companion tickets
and of course, entry into The Ride for Roses
The Ride ranges in distance up to 100 miles,
so there's a distance for everyone, not to mention fabulous support
along the entire route. (All the details on the benefits of this donation level
Can we meet our goal? Of course we can. Just click on
link to donate directly into our Lance Armstrong Foundation Peloton Project
fund, which the Daily Peloton has activated with an initial $50 donation.
Plus, here's something more to get us off to a flying start:
Remember the mention of Dave Shields' new novel? Well, he has agreed to
offer that book, The Race Ė A Novel
of Grit, Tactics, and The Tour de France, through the Daily Peloton prior to
its publication date of May 15, 2004. You can read the prologue and first
chapter here, and
as we mentioned,
here is a
review of the book. It's not yet available
anywhere else, so you can be among the first to have a copy, plus Dave
will donate $5 for every book purchased to the Daily Peloton Lance Armstrong
The LAF is a great cause, even if your participation doesnít include the
possibility of a trip to Austin to ride with The Man.†
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) exists to enhance the quality of life
for those living with, through, and beyond cancer. Founded in 1997 by cancer
survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the LAF seeks to promote the
optimal physical, psychological, social recovery and care of cancer survivors
and their loved ones. The LAF works to define, refine and improve services for
cancer survivors and to facilitate the delivery of those servicesówith a large
dose of hopeóto patients, their families, and other loved ones touched by the
We can't think of a better reason to be involved, however, just for good
measure, we will sweeten the pot further. We will be drawing a name for the
Austin trip from among our 2004 LAF donors each time we reach the $10,000
Polka Dot Jersey level. If you purchase a book and make a donation, your
name will be entered twice (with the exception of book purchase(s), multiple
donations will only gain you one Ride for the Rose drawing entry).
Plus, weíll periodically draw names for
winners of other gear, such as the
2003 Ride for the Roses poster featuring all of the five time Tour de France
finishers signed by Lance (donated by Dave Shields).
So make a donation
or order Dave's book here and get involved. We
hope to see you in Austin!