Rapha Rides for Tohoku - THANK YOU

We’re still reeling from the Rapha Rides for Tohoku event yesterday.  It was amazing and memorable in so many ways!  Someone described the event as “chaos embraced in camaraderie”. The pre-ride details are here.

We had 104 riders out on the road.  We also had about 20 donations from people that couldn’t make the ride.  Funds raised were just under $3,000.  Rapha is matching this, along with the Ride Studio Cafe; so the Boston area ride raised just under $9,000 for the Japanese Red Cross!  The ride was a remarkable show of local solidarity and support for our friends in Japan.

We have too many people to thank for making this event so great; here are a few thank yous:

Thank you John and Pamela Blayley for designing the ride and putting together the cue sheet—and for actually leading a ride of more than 100 people; the turnout was well beyond our expectations.  Pamela and John developed a route that enabled riders to cut the 65-miler short if needed—very smart; they introduced some beautiful well hidden roads to some very seasoned riders; they were consummate professionals throughout the mayhem.

Thank you to the RSC Club and Team members that helped out along the way; you are too many to name but we won’t forget all the work you did to keep the ride organized.  You did the Studio proud.

Thank you Petar Tomich from Mavic for driving the neutral support vehicle.  From what we’ve heard so far Petar didn’t have to perform any major on-the-road service.  He helped out before and after the event, too.

Most important, THANK YOU Rapha for putting this global event together.  Thank you for inviting us to participate; we’re proud to be partners with Rapha and honored to have ridden in spirit with the other 22 Rapha events around the world during the weekend.

Finally, we’d like to thank the Boston area cycling community for showing such ardent support for friends in Japan.  We heard so many kindhearted thoughts for the people of Japan, so much solidarity, and a warm sense of camaraderie.  Thank you to all that represented and donated!  It was moving to see how the Boston area cyclists came together in this very positive way.  We are incredibly fortunate to be part of the Boston cycling community.

Our thoughts remain with our friends in Japan.  Here are some images from one of the rides in Japan.

Thank you to everyone that helped make this happen.  Here is the list of riders and donors.  Our apologies for any typos and omissions.  Let us know if we've transposed anything incorrectly.

The Blayleys:  John & Pamela Tjoru E. Perry Mike Golay Michael Gold Kurt Johnson Lori Kohls Shane Brian Doben N. Atchue Nick Maggiore Jason DeVarennes Anne Noga Janet Lorang Roger Cadman Byron Holt Arnost Lobel Matt and Susi O’Keefe Makus Harald Julianne Oberle Emily Smith Michael Laurin Megan Curry Steen Sawyer Mary Johansen David Johansen Ben Reed Cait Dooly Douglas Breault Paul Benson Jonathan Sainsbury Gerard Finnegan Jackie Zider Kevin Sweeney Everett Briggs Todd Rowell Michele Archambault Pierre Vanden Barre Brad Kupa Smith Uri Halevi Jon Nable Barry Greenberg Mo Bruno Roy Matt Roy Mike Weiler Bill McKenney Jason Davis Ken Fallon Dave Leslie Barry Shopnick Mike Taylor David Chiu Zach Herlihy Michael Carrazza Alex Dossin Chris Langford Sean Langford Jake Cacciapaglia Dave Nanian Greg Whitney Ben Pagano Chris Jennings Dan Butler Dave Warner Conor McKenzie Geoff Stein Teri Carilli Bob Wolf Russ Haddleton Jeremy Blackewicz Leo Franchi John Laupheimer Shannon Madison Rob Ide Cole Archambault Imge Ecker John Liao Jen Zeuli Jim Gomez Josh Rosenberg Courtney Cowan Sergey Andreer Eric Silva Erin Morrissey Terry Brannich Chris Franson Mike Shields Brad Buckley Bob Roldan Rebecca Wellons Members of Mavic Service Courses Dana Oshiro and Will Leavitt Andy Schiller Green Line Velo Team Katie Steinberg Ed Medina Yoshi and Miho Jim Arigood Mike Salvatore