Win an Electric Skateboard!

exkate skateboard50 Mile Ride welcomes Exkate, makers of Altered Electric Skateboards to our sponsor family. Here’s what Exkate has to say to our Rwanda Riders:  “Sidewalk surfing has always been about fun — a way to extend your surf session whenever you could. Over the years things change & sports transform. Electric Skateboarding is all about fun and when you try it you’re going to be amazed! You never push and it’ll definitely make you grin. There are no rules, no limits and it’s a great time to step outside of the box and go for a ride!”

Exkate has generously donated one of their new Proline 600 V2 Electric Skateboards, complete with an extended range battery ($800 value).  Come on, you know you want to try one!  Check out their promo VIDEO to learn more about this cool product.  Be sure to buy some raffle tickets at our event for your chance to win this cool skateboard!

Santa Fe Seconds Donates TV to Prize Raffle



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Vizio 47″ LCD 1080p TV


Good news for our riders!  We’ve landed another TV for our huge prize raffle this year!

John Foto, owner of Santa Fe Seconds (and a good friend of event founder Doug Grant) is a long-time supporter of our ride.  This year he’s pulled out all the stops and is generously donating a Vizio 47″ TV for our Grand Prize raffle.  Way to go John!

What?  You’ve never heard of Santa Fe Seconds?  That’s because they’re one of the best kept secrets for bargain shoppers throughout Los Angeles County.  With over 65,000 sq.ft. in their 3 stores you’ll find unbeatable prices on current Club & Department Store merchandise.

John says “Our stores are clean and well merchandised.  We carry everything and more that you’d find in any full price department store. Due to our roots in the salvage business we’ve maintained relationships with many of the businesses linked to Southern California ports and still make opportunity buys from these vendors. We’re direct buyers of reverse logistic merchandise from the largest Club and Department store chains, and also take advantage of the huge number of closeout opportunities which exist in the Los Angeles area. The combination of all of these factors makes our stores a bargain hunters dream.”

santa fe seconds bldgFor store locations visit their website at  Let Santa Fe Seconds take the stress out your family budget.  Thank you John, we really appreciate your support!

For Safety and For Fun – Aid Station & Cut-Off Plan

Our event organizers have two main goals:  1. Rider safety, and 2. Rider and volunteer FUN.  For rider safety, and to ensure both riders and volunteers make it back to Cooks on time, rider cutoff times will be enforced.    All riders and volunteers must return to Cooks by 2:30pm. Expected checkpoint times assume a reasonable pace (7 miles per hour for 50 milers and 5 miles per hour for 25 milers).  Riders choosing to continue past the cutoff times will have their number plates punched and acknowledge that the balance of their ride will be unsupported.  (So behave yourselves – don’t make us have to call your mothers!)

In order, here is a list of our aid stations and cut-off times:

O’Neill Park at Arroyo Trabuco Trailhead
Approx mile 4.5 for 25 and 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available

Dove Canyon Waterfall
Approx mile 9.3 for 25 and 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available
*50 milers must depart to Caspers by 8:30am

Top of Starr Rise entrance to Caspers
Approx mile 15.9 for 50 milers
*Cutoff time 9:30am – 50 milers arriving after 9:30am will be turned back towards Dove Canyon

Caspers Park “Old Corral”
Approx mile 19.5 for 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available
*50 milers must depart for East Ridge Trail by 10:00am

Dove Canyon Waterfall
Approx mile 31.7 for 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available
*50 milers must depart for Tijeras Creek Trail by 11:45am

Arroyo Trabuco Trail at Oso Pkwy
Approx mile 16.7 for 25 milers and mile 39.2 for 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available
*All riders must depart for O’Neill Park by 1:00pm

O’Neill Park at Arroyo Trabuco Trailhead
Approx mile 22.2 for 25 milers and mile 44.7 for 50 milers
Water, food, and mechanic support available
*All riders must depart for Cooks Corner by 1:45pm

Let the party begin!  The BBQ and live band kick off at noon.  Raffle ticket sales will end at 2:45pm, and our annual HUGE raffle starts promptly at 3:00pm.

Eat Mor Chikin’

chickfila cowWe’re pleased to welcome the Foothill Ranch location of Chick-fil-A to our growing list of 50MR sponsors.  Every one of our riders will receive a gift card for a free chicken sandwich (included in your rider bag).  At $3.65 per sandwich, this donation is worth over $3000 to our event.  Franchise Owner Jeremy Simpson is also a mountain biker, and he’s going to ride in our event this year!  We haven’t confirmed if he’s going to ride in the Cow Costume, but that would be sweet to see.

Chick-fil-A restaurants throughout the country have a commitment to giving back to their communities.  We’re grateful for their support to our cause!  Be sure to stop by the Foothill Ranch location and say “thanks” to Jeremy and his team.

Featuring Edge Cyclesports

edge50MR is pleased to welcome Edge Cyclesports as our Featured Sponsor for the month of March!  Edge Cyclesports has been serving cyclists and triathletes with superior service and individualized attention since 1999. Hank and Mary Ann Iglesias founded the shop 12 years ago in Laguna Woods, California, with a mission to provide discerning cyclists a richer, more complete bike shop experience.

Good news!  For the month of March, Edge is offering all Rwanda Riders 20% off all nutrition, and $10 off all purchases over $50.

When Edge first opened, there were plenty of high-volume bike retailers in the area. But Hank had a unique vision to provide all cyclists, from pro athletes to newcomers, a deeper level of service. It was about connecting with the local cycling community. It was less about sales, more about sharing their passion for bikes and the cycling lifestyle.

The Edge experience starts with Hank. An industry veteran, he has honed his product and mechanical knowledge over the past 30 years. Since 1979, Hank has worked for major bike brands such as Raleigh, and in small, independent shops in different regions of the country. Hank and the rest of the Edge technical staff understand the needs of athletes and riders. They know that bike performance and fit play a critical role in helping cyclists and triathletes enjoy their sport.

This commitment is reflected in Edge’s services, which include state-of-the-art bike fitting, pro-quality bike builds and repairs, and some unique services you won’t find at other shops—including a rental program for race wheels and bike travel cases. All these services are aimed at helping you make the most of your cycling life.

We appreciate the support of our new friends at Edge Cyclesports, and we encourage you to stop by and say “hi” to Hank and Mary Ann one day soon.  Mention “Rwanda Ride” to receive your Special Discount!

Abraham’s Rebirth


Abraham Ruhumuriza, Team Rwanda Cycling

At 32, Abraham Ruhumuriza may be the oldest cyclist on Team Rwanda – but he’s still able to teach a thing or two to the younger cyclists.  Just this week Abraham took first place in the Rwandan Cycling Federation race in Rwamagana Rwanda.  It wasn’t that long ago that Abraham wondered if he’d ever be able to race again.  An original member of Team Rwanda, Abraham’s story is one of stubbornness and challenge and adversity – and more recently, of redemption.  READ MORE about Abraham’s Rebirth at Team Rwanda Cycling.

Life After Team Rwanda

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Obed Ruvogera, member of Team Rwanda Cycling

Sustainability is key to any successful effort that seeks to provide long-term solutions within developing nations.  At 50 Mile Ride, we’re pleased that Team Rwanda Cycling is taking steps to ensure the Team continues long into the future.  Obed Ruvogera, a member of Team Rwanda Cycling, is featured in this article written by Jock Boyer.  Jonathan “Jock” Boyer is the coach of Team Rwanda Cycling.  Jock was the first American to ride in the Tour de France in 1981. He came to Rwanda in 2006 as a guest of Tom Ritchey to assist with a local race.  At that race they spotted talent and amazing potential in the local athletes, and in February 2007 Jock moved to Rwanda and has grown the program every year.

Jock’s article follows: As an athlete gets closer and closer to the “end” of his career the reoccurring thought of what to do after he can no longer be competitive gets more and more intense. Even from the start of the team my thoughts were always thinking of what the riders could do as they end their careers. My constant hope was that they would be the ones to replace myself, along with  all those that have been part of setting up and keeping things going within Team Rwanda.  We started helping the riders get their drivers licenses in the very beginning. I left it up to the motivated riders to sign up and do the driving classes and a few opted up on it. A driver’s license will assure them a job in this country no matter what happens to them.

More importantly though is their motivation to do something within the team. To have riders take over the positions of coaching, cooking, nutrition, massage, administration and mechanics would just strengthen the team and their position on the team. I cannot push them to do things that they are not drawn to so I let it happen naturally and leave opportunities open for them to take.

The first real evidence of this just happened when Kimberly was contacted by a Yoga instructor, Megan Leigh, from New York who was coming over to Musanze, our home town, to teach local women Yoga. Certified in both Yoga and massage, Megan reached out to us and asked if we would want her to teach our team Yoga? Kimberly had already started doing some Yoga within our stretching and core exercises right before dinner each night so this was a great opportunity for the boys to learn from an expert.

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Obed practicing his yoga

From the first lessons it was evident that Obed was gifted not only in just doing the exercises but more importantly understanding their importance and teaching them to the others. Within a few days he was attending Megan’s 4 hr afternoon classes after our team rides. In the evenings Obed started teaching the class to the riders and within a week he was able to teach a full 1 hr class, something Megan took almost a year to be able to do! The next step was teaching Obed massage which Megan started before she returned to the states.

I then contacted one of our team masseurs, Line’, who I take to some of our international events and who has a clinic and cycling team in South Africa. I needed a place to send Obed to get more cycling specific massage training and experience. Line accepted immediately and said she could put him directly to work with riders and would even take him to the Cape Epic MTB race to work with her team.

With Obed and his growing passion for massage and Yoga we have the first of many riders who will be integrated into the team as they reach their “retirement” age from competition. Obed will set the example and will be the proof that a rider has an integral place on the team even when he is not racing. I will no longer have to hire outside help when Team Rwanda goes to International races.  Obed, being a rider already knows what pains and fatigue a rider suffers from most so is the best possible choice as a masseur. Importantly too is the fact that he is Rwandan and there will be no language barrier in dealing with the riders. Obed will also be the best person to start training in country staff for this important element of sports. This is a significant breakthrough at Team Rwanda. Yes, it has taken time but the sustainability of the Team when we are gone is becoming more and more real.

The next important spots to fill are those of mechanics and coaching. Rafiki is already spending time with Maxime to get more hands on experience. Learning English is a priority before we can send some of the riders to get more vocational training. We have two English volunteers working at ISAE, the local university, who are teaching English to the team twice weekly. Two other volunteers, one from England who just arrived and one from the states are teaching more advanced English to smaller groups on the other nights.

We are at an exciting point with Team Rwanda; our future is really taking an active form. The more riders we get into the active workings of the team the more successful we will become.

By Jock Boyer, coach of Team Rwanda Cycling

Featuring OC Bicycle Garage

OCbikegarageWe’re pleased to announce that OC Bicycle Service & Garage is our featured sponsor for the month of February. Cory and Kelly say “We love Rwanda!”  And they are doing their part to make sure your bike is professionally dialed in for the Rwanda Ride.  For the entire month of February, Cory and his team of professional bike mechanics are offering a “Rwanda Ride Special”.  Receive 20% off any Bike Tune Up Package, or 20% off Entire Service.  They’ll also offer you 10% off parts when purchased with any Service Package. Just mention the “Rwanda Ride Special” when you come in to take advantage of this amazing offer.

Orange County Bicycle Service & Garage is the first of it’s kind to specialize in service and repair, providing a variety of services not available at most bicycle shops throughout the US.  In addition to traditional repairs by pro mechanics, OC Bike Garage allows customers the opportunity to work on their own bikes at their self-service Fix-It Stations (fully stocked with everything needed to repair bikes, including tools, air compressor, etc).  They also offer “ride-up service”, how-to classes, pick-up or delivery service, bike consignment services, and emergency roadside assistance.

Our 50 Mile Ride team thanks OC Bicycle Garage for their support – and we encourage you to stop by and take advantage of their generous offer!

New 50MR Event Jerseys Available

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Italian-made jersey sweetness

New this year! We’ve designed our very own authentic one-of-a-kind 50 Mile Ride commemorative jersey.  It’s an Italian-made original from our friends at DNA Cycling.  Features include Air Max Fabric/100% poly micro blend, full front zipper, 3 back pockets, silicon side and back gripper, club-fit sizing.  Order yours today! Better yet, get all your riding buddies together and get outfitted.  You’ll look great while you support a great cause!  $75 each – ORDER YOURS HEREYou can also order a jersey when you register online NOTE:  Don’t delay!  Orders received before February 18 will arrive before our event and will be included in your rider bag at check-in.  Orders after February 18 will arrive after our event and we’ll coordinate will-call or shipping with you.

San Juan Huts Added to Prize List

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View from Porcupine Rim

One of the most popular prizes in our Grand Prize Raffle Drawing is a 7 day and 6 night epic adventure trip in the San Juan Hut Systems.  This year we have not one, but TWO trips to awardHow sweet is this?

San Juan Hut Systems is a series of back country huts in the Rocky Mountains that lead you through spectacular Southwestern terrain.  The Colorado huts allow for lightweight travel while maintaining a self reliant adventure, providing skiers, bikers, hikers, and trail runners with an experience of a lifetime.
The most-epic of MTB adventures awaits you!  These two trips are valued at $850 each (trips to be awarded separately to two lucky winners).  Be sure to get some raffle tickets for your chance to win!

Here’s what the folks at SJHS have to say:  ‘San Juan Hut Systems’ mission is to provide low impact, human powered, lightweight back country travel opportunities for the independent health conscious adventurer at a practical price. We have devoted over twenty years to creating and defining destination hut-to-hut skiing and mountain bike travel. Both of our 215 mile mountain bike routes provide a premium minimalist experience for the do-it-yourself adventurer.”

“Our routes start in either Telluride, CO or Durango, CO and finish in the biking capitol of the states, Moab, Utah. Each hut is approximately 35 miles apart and is equipped with food, water, propane cook stove, and wood stove, sleep gear, and all cookware and utensils necessary. These routes follow dirt road and single-track from the high alpine tundra of the San Juan Mountains to the desert slick rock and canyon country of Utah. With the only destination hut-to-hut based system in the US, we provide the adventure of bike touring “without the weight” of supplies and gear by offering fully stocked huts with minimal route finding challenges.”