Friday, May 30, 2008

First Wheels North Jersey

We just picked up a prototype of the Wheels North jersey the riders will be wearing next year.  It features the same artwork as our T-shirts (which can be ordered online at on the back, front, and sleeves.  The ride jerseys (part of the rider package for each rider who signs up for the entire ride) will include sponsor logos.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Online Fundraising is Now Available

The Wheels North secure, online fundraising site is now up and running! Click here to visit the site. If you're a Wheels North rider, you can sign up there and track your donations. If you want to donate to Wheels North and the Histiocytosis Association of America, you'll find easy-to-use donation tools. Direct link to the fundraising site is

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Sponsors have started signing up! We are proud to announce that the world famous Davis Bike Club and equally famous bicycle painter Joe Bell as sponsors. They will help make the ride possible, and to help find a cure for Histiocytosis. They join PMC as sponsors.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The 1909 Postcards

We will be using the latest technology to report back from the ride next year: cel phones, digital cameras, computers, etc.  Vic and Ray also used the best technology available to them: pen and paper.  Along the way, Vic sent back postcards, which we are pleased to be able to present for the first time in high-resolution, full-color scans at the Wheels North web site.  We've included clear scans of the backs, so it's now possible to read Vic's original words.
Click here to see the first set of scans.  The full postcard collection will be available soon.
Thank you to Evelyn McDaniel Gibb for loaning us the original postcards so that we can provide these scans.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Big Dawg's "Big Fix Walt"

Readers of this blog will recall that Wheels North rider Walter "Big Dawg" Dawes crashed about 8 hours short of his 24-hour bicycle riding goal.  A broken collarbone and two broken ribs have sidelined him for a while, although we're pleased to report that he is doing much better (spoke with him on Tuesday).
Now, Walter's friends in the Houston bicycle messenger community are organizing an event to help Big Dawg get back on his feet. No firm date yet, but look for something happening around the end of May.
Walter has promised us that he'll be riding and fundraising and on the starting line in Santa Rosa next year.