DURANGO, Colo. — Mountain biking legend and XTERRA professional triathlete Shonny Vanlandingham and Mercy Regional Medical Center have once again joined forces in the fight against breast cancer by producing a second edition “fight [breast cancer]” cycling jersey.
"Many people are very passionate about this cause and, like me, are proud to increase awareness about the fight against breast cancer and to help women get screened,” said Vanlandingham. All proceeds from sales of the new jerseys will be donated to a Mercy Health Foundation fund that ensures every woman in the area who needs a screening mammogram gets one, regardless of ability to pay.
Like the original jerseys, which were sold in 2008, the new design prominently features the word ‘fight.” But this year, a small pink ribbon replaces the dot of the “i,” symbolizing the fight against breast cancer. The jersey also features an arm band with a Hawaiian turtle design and the logo of Vanlandingham’s Kona coffee company, Wahine Farms, a jersey sponsor. Other logos that appear on the jersey include Mercy Regional Medical Center, bicycle manufacturer Orbea, and Mountain Bike Specialists. The jersey’s primary color scheme is eggplant and gray, with white and pink accents.
“We decided to produce another jersey because the response to first edition—from women and men—was so great,” said David Bruzzese, spokesman at Mercy Regional Medical Center. “And we’re pleased to offer online purchasing this year, which will make buying jerseys much more convenient,” said Bruzzese. The original jersey was featured as “Jersey of the Month” in the September 2008 issue of Bicycling magazine, prompting inquiries from across the country. All proceeds from sales of the 2008 jerseys went to a Mercy Health Foundation fund to help build Mercy Regional Breast Care Center, which opened in November of 2009.
The new jerseys can be purchased online for $65 at Mercy's gift shop. Men’s and women’s sizes are available, but quantities are limited.
Vanlandingham is the current points leader in the women’s professional division of the 2010 U.S. XTERRA off-road triathlon series. With 15 National Off-Road Bicycling Association (NORBA) national race wins and three NORBA Series Championship titles, Vanlandingham is among the most successful riders in NORBA history, male or female. She splits her time between Durango and Captain Cook, Hawaii.
About Mercy Regional Medical Center
Mercy Regional Medical Center is a full-service, 82-bed acute care hospital. As a not-for-profit hospital and member of Catholic Health Initiatives, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.
The USWCDP (directed by our own Michael Engleman) is selling off 2010 equipment. Giant cyclocross bikes, Cervelo C4 TT bike, Giant TT bike, wheelsets, carbon road bars, Mavic pedals and lots more.
As you may know, Michael has the best deals on cycling stuff, as the Program gets new gear each year.
Simply call or write: Michael Engleman
US Women's Cycling Development Program, Inc.
PO Box 992
806 Hillside Ave
Dolores, CO 81323
The Federal Government has made $600 million in new funds available under the TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant Program, and $140 million of the available funding is set aside for rural areas. Eligible projects include highway and bridge projects, public transportation projects, passenger and freight rail projects, and port infrastructure projects “that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region”.
Several local advocacy groups in collaboration with the City of Durango, La Plata County and CDOT Region 5 are putting together a grant application to connect the Animas River Trail in Durango to the Three Springs portion of the City of Durango by way of the SMART 160 Trail connection. "SMART 160" acronym stands for Safe, Multi-Modal, Aesthetic, Regional Transportation and 160 refers to the alignment of the trail along US Highway 160. The particular section that would be completed if this funding is approved would begin at the current end of the Animas River Trail at River Road (by Home Depot), follow the south side of US 160 and cross the highway with an overpass west of the Farmington Hill intersection, and then continue on the north side of US 160 all the way to the trails at Three Springs. This trail connection will require cooperation on many levels.
To provide a bit of background, ten years ago, Trails 2000 members and volunteers, along with the City of Durango, La Plata County, CDOT and 9R formed a working group to help find a separated bike/ped route to connect Durango to Bayfield. Since that time, Trails 2000 has continued to organize a working group to advocate for this connectivity and study alignments along the US 160 corridor. Goff Engineering has assisted this working group and produced the maps and alignments that have been used in presentations and grant applications.
The current grant application for TIGER II funding will be submitted by the City of Durango, along with a contribution of $200,000. La Plata County has provided a $100,000 match. CDOT and the County are providing technical assistance. This project would compete very favorably in three of the primary TIGER II selection criteria, including livability, environmental sustainability, and safety.
We as community members have a chance to help make this connection a reality by providing support in several ways. In 2007, a smaller grant was applied for under a different program and our application was the number one ranked application in the state of Colorado. Unfortunately, the majority of the funding was awarded to projects in New York State. This time, a portion of the funding is directed to target rural areas such as ours.
The plan for this grant application is to complete a ten-foot-wide, concrete trail and overpass all the way to Three Springs and provide a safe commuting alternative for folks (cyclists and pedestrians) who are not comfortable using highway shoulders along US 160. The cost will be approximately $10 million.
The grant application approval process is enhanced by private donations from the community and by letters of support for the project. If you have the capability to provide a donation of any size, please send me an e-mail with your name, contact information and the amount you can donate to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can write a letter of support, please address it to Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood (see below) and then send it to me for collection to be forwarded in the grant application.
Mr. Ray LaHood, Secretary
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C 20590
Letters should focus on the clear need for a separated trail to provide connectivity between the City of Durango and the Three Springs area and how this will contribute to: livability (affordable and convenient transportation choices, enhancing economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, and connectivity for different modes of travel); environmental sustainability (reducing dependence on foreign oil and/or reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining, protecting, or enhancing the environment by avoiding adverse environmental impacts, and improved air quality) and safety (reduction in the number and consequences of crashes, injuries, and fatalities). In particular, your personal changes in these areas should be mentioned (such as willingness to ride a bike or walk where you currently drive).
We would appreciate individual and business commitments for donations and letters, which can be included in the Grant application. Funds from donations will only be required if the Grant is approved. Commitments and letters are needed by July 26th to be included in the Grant Application.
Letters should be delivered to:
c/o Bouré Sportswear
98 Everett Street
Durango, CO 81303
Thank you for your commitment to this project and your community and we look forward to your help.
This is an awesome ride and very well supported. A lunch stop like I've never seen at mile 50 and party after. Great scenery and a 60mph straight descent for 1/2 mile over the top of the pass. Of course you get to climb this on the way back. It would be great to get several people to make the trip - 4 hour drive I think. You would need to leave Friday and stay the night or make a whole w/e out of it. Cute town. Lots of bed and breakfast inns. Also new territory most of us have not cycled.
8th Annual Stonewall Century Ride
August 21, 2010
Greetings cyclists! Yes, the 8th annual Stonewall Century Ride will take place this year on Saturday, August 21. Mark your calendars and register at Active.com --
A "Congregation" of Cyclists... Just Out For a Sunday Bike Ride a It's a Social Ride. It's Non-Supported. It's not a 'No-Drop' ride per se, But subgroups form easily. - - Current Ride Information - - - - - - - - - - - - Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Bread, the Bakery