Saturday, September 22, 2012

TourdeCure results!

The ride is finished and boy am I tired. First, thank you again to everyone who donated on my behalf and for everyone's support. I had registered for the 47 mile ride but took a left at Albuquerque and did the 65 mile ride instead. Final results below:

Miles - 64.7 miles (100km and a little more)
Time: 4hrs 14mins 39secs
Avg Spd: 15.2 mph
Max Spd: 26.5

Again - THANK YOU!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thank you everybody - GOAL ACHIEVED

Thank you everyone that donated to the American Diabetes Association on my behalf. With your help I was able to raise $500.00 for the Houston ADA TourdeCure.

Ride day is tomorrow - Be sure to follow me on Endomondo (link to the right) if you are awake!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


The Houston TourdeCure is this weekend! I am currently at $475.00 of the $500.00 I pledged. I only need $25.00 more dollars!

Please help, ask a friend to help, whatever. I will be pounding doors this week also. Any little bit you can give will help me reach my goal. Thank you in advance, I appreciate any and all donations! - Don

Link ->>      TourdeCure Donation Page for Donald McDade

Friday, September 7, 2012

Helmets work!

Last night I went out for my first ride with the Woodlands Cycling Club. I got to meet a few of the riders, but there were too many to meet in one night - they were all nice and welcoming and I look forward to many more rides with them.

Anyhow, just a few miles into our ride a guy named Mike, who was very nice to me btw, took a nasty spill. By nasty I mean knocked unconscious for 2-3 minutes. It happened just ahead of me but it was just far enough ahead were I didn't see him actually go down so I thought someone had a flat tire since a few riders were standing around the side of the road. As I got closer I saw Mike laying off the side of the road not moving. At that point I thought he got hit by a car. It was then I found out he had hit a loose road reflector and it had sent his front tire out from under him causing the tire to slip off the pavement which in turn his bike just completely went out from under him. His helmet took the full force of impact.

By the time Mike woke up we already had the ambulance on the way. I wish I could have gotten a picture of the helmet, but a brief description will have to do. He landed on the front left side of the helmet centered above the left temple and left eye and then towards the top of the head from there. It is all smashed, cracked, and a total loss. His head in theat area was like a bruised apple or orange, blackish with a nasty cut to go with it. I'm thinking he is happy he was wearing a helmet.

Mike made it to Conroe Regional last night and I am waiting to here a report on the clubs forums, but I think he'll be O'k. He's probably more worried about the bent top tube on his bike more than anything. I hope he's o'k though, he is a nice guy afterall.

Oh, Mike was wearing his RoadID also. When the ambulance got there I pointed it out to the crew as Mike was still groggy. If you don't have your RoadID yet, GET ONE! (RoadID Link in the side bar)