JDRF Ride to Cure

JDRF - Ride to Cure Diabetes

Why am I challenging myself to a 104 mile race of desert terrain in the most inhabitable place in the country? Three reasons: passion, family and friendship.

For most of my life, Motocross racing has been a passion. I took up mountain biking in 1991 to get in better shape for Motocross. In 2010, I started racing bikes seriously and retired from Motocross, to the delight of my wife. Mountain bike racing seemed to be a safer sport, but that's another story. Trust me, the adrenaline rush is present in mountain bike racing too.

Mountain biking is a great activity for the family. My daughter, Ashley, started racing at the age of 13 in cross country. She's a mom now, but continues racing today. She participates in the women's Enduro Pro division. If you aren't familiar with Enduro, it involves steep climbs, bigger drops and jump sections. Ashley inherited the adrenaline thirst from her dad. We're waiting to see if her five year old inherited the same passion.

Hoppy Cycling

Bobby Petersen of Fairly Reliable Bob's, is a close friend of mine since high school. His youngest daughter was born with Juvenile diabetes. For several years, Bobby has asked me to participate in this charity ride to help raise money for this worthy cause. 90% of the money raised goes to research to find a cure for this disease. According to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), about 15,000 children and 15,000 adults are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) each year. The mission of JDFR is to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Back to the ride. I'm uniquely qualified to represent Bobby's daughter in this race. I average about 15 race or ride events per year. Last year I logged 5400 miles between road bike and mountain biking. I climbed 350,000 ft in 2017. Most of my rides are mountain bike and endurance events between 40-100 miles. I own and train on 9 bikes and train about 10-15 hours per week. I'm committed to four 100 mile events in 2018. The JDFR charity ride in Death Valley is one of these events. I'm personally raising $5200 for this race. If you have a passion; a friend or family, I'd like to invite you to help me raise the $5200.

In addition, Bobby is donating a 1982 Corvette with 15k original miles to help raise money for this race. Tickets are available for $20.00 each at Fairly Reliable Bob's and at certain events. If you make a donation directly to my fundraising page and provide us with your email and phone number, we will have your donation turned into tickets for the drawing.

If you'd like to make a donation directly, here is a link to my page.

- Connell Lloyd, Owner of Wood Windows Inc.