Due to COVID, the 2020 CT Challenged morphed from an “organized” ride to a “do your own” ride. And I did just that. This year, CT Challenge is returning to the organized ride format.
Once again, I am forming a team to ride in the annual CT Challenge. Last year, we changed the name of the team from Team Lisa Berk to Team Joyce Harrison. Although funds raised for the CT Challenge go to cancer survivors (and my sister Lisa is a cancer survivor), we renamed the team in honor of our Aunt Joyce, who passed away in 2019 from cancer. Sadly (and oddly), Joyce passed away July 27, 2019, the day of the 2019 CT Challenge.
In 2019, the team was made up of just two riders, me and David McCutcheon. We rode 25 miles. For 2021, Dave M and I will ride 50 miles.
I will invite my sister Lisa Berk and her daughter Ellie Berk to join Team Joyce Harrison. But I also invite you to join our team. That does not mean you have to ride 50 miles. You could ride more miles or you could ride less miles. CT Challenge offers routes in distances of 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles.
If you are unable to ride with the team, I ask that you donate to the team. I would love it if each and every one would donate $1 per mile. If each person I reach out to donates $50, I will achieve my minimum fundraising goal. But even if you cannot donate $50, I am happy with whatever you can donate, be it $20, $10, or even $5.
Although the current weather does not allow for training outdoors, I do jump on a spin bike a few times a week. (Yes, gyms in CT are open). Once spring arrives, I will forgo spinning and head out onto the road. I will update my progress on my Facebook posts.
If you have the time, the money, and the heart, please donate to Team Joyce Harrison. The link below will take you to the CT Challenge website. Once there, choose the “Find a Team” link at the top of the page and then search for Team Joyce Harrison.
Remember, if you are interested in joining Team Joyce Harrison, we would love to have additional riders.
I thank you. As does everyone who has ever gone through the health crisis of cancer.