Friday, March 9, 2012

A Fundraising Idea...

It's simple.

It costs little-to-nothing to host (as long as you already have the right pieces).

So, here's the idea...

Viewing Parties + Indoor Training

I like to watch...
You know someone with a spacious family room or garage. Or, you know a bike shop with TVs. Or a coffee shop. The "where" doesn't really matter.

Host viewing parties for Flanders (April 1) and Roubaix (April 8).

All you need is a place to set up trainers, a large tv, and loud sound. (You need to compensate for the spinning, grunting, and trash talking).

Charge a small fee to participate ($15-$20). Proceeds to your favorite charity.

Don't need much more than a place to gather, watch, and sweat.

Just think of the possibilities!

  • You could bake and sell cobble cakes.
  • You could sell themed coffee.
  • You could treat the training like a drinking game. (You know, every time Phil, Bob, or Paul mention "Lance Armstrong", you sprint. Or, every time they ignore the race in favor of some preconceived, pre-packaged exposition about someone's great aunt tilly, you sprint. Really, the workout script writes itself.)

An alternative is to simply have a BYOBreakfast viewing party, but that's so...NFL!

It's easy, it's fun, and it's for a good cause.

Share and enjoy!

Nearly Naked Men Are Absolutely Fabulous!

Sometimes someone comes up with an idea that is so brilliant that the only appropriate reaction is to doff one's cap and salute it.

THIS is such an idea.

I spotted Mr. Testicle in Taylor Rojek's posting for's "The Hub."

Here's's self-description:
We are a young and innovative charity committed to raising awareness of Male Cancers through our champions - Mr. Testicles, James Bum 002 and Near Naked Man. We aim to educate men and their partners the importance of early detection and we hope to build a culture where embarrassment does not prevent them from addressing problems with intimate parts of their bodies.

I laughed. I cried. I realized this is absolute genius.

Damn those Brits. They think they're so bloody clever.

I want one of those kits, so I can wear it during my training and teaching.

I want to ride as a proud survivor, nearly naked and completely committed.

I'm reaching out to them, hoping to get a nearly naked suit, so that I don't get arrested for nearly naked riding.