Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Who We Are - 2012 Season

We are The Penultimates – a team of Albuquerque, New Mexico cyclists. Our primary focus is cycling in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “New Mexico Pedal Los Pueblos” Bike MS150, a two-day, 150 mile cycling tour through northern New Mexico. This event raises money for research, education, and support of individuals living with Multiple Sclerosis – including those within our community.  (For a quick primer on MS, check this out). Our team includes several members riding for friends and family with the disease, but we also have two cyclists that live and ride with MS.

Ready for day 2 of the 2011 ride!
The Penultimates formed in 2010 with 5 riders, raising over $7500 for the Bike MS150 event. In 2011, we ballooned to 18 riders, raising over 19,000 for MS research. Now the 2012 cycling year is upon us, and we’re still growing. We’re reaching out to our families, friends, and the community businesses we actively support to help our fundraising reach the next level.  We are organizing two fundraisers this year, our Second Annual Paired Whisky Dinner hosted by Two Fool's Tavern (last years event is here), as well as our new-for-2012 Trivia Night Fundraiser hosted by O’Neill’s in Nob Hill.

Our team has always been about the joy of cycling, the friendship of teammates, and riding or volunteering for a fantastic cause.  We may not finish first, but we will finish, and have a great time doing it!  We start training in earnest in June, and we will organize two rides every weekend to get you ready for the ride.  The vast majority of our riders were relatively new to cycling last year, and all of them completed some combination of the 2011 event ranging from 80 miles to the full 150 miles.  Whether you are new to cycling, a grizzled veteran, or just looking to volunteer your time for a good cause, this is the team for you!  Go Domo!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

First Social Ride of the Season

We had our first social ride of the season, where 7 of us braved the bad looking weather to get a few miles in.  Three of us cycled north from Nob Hill toward the Balloon Fiesta Park into the strong wind, while the other four cycled their way from other points around ABQ.  We all joined up along the ride so by the time we got to the Fiesta Park we were seven strong.  After a quick break, we then headed back south with the wind at our backs and cruised to the Il Vincino Canteen, which is conveniently located just off the North Diversion Channel.  There we had a pint and some delicious beer sponge pretzels, before biking the rest of the way home.  Not bad for a windy Sunday afternoon - about 25 miles!  It is good to see the team back in action - go Domo!

The brave ones on their tandem

Before we head home from the tap room.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

We love our sponsors! 2012 Season

These businesses have kindly supported our fundraising efforts in 2012. Please thank these local businesses by visiting their shops! 

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Team Jerseys

Below are the design choices for this years jerseys.  We will be receiving the order sometime in May for the start of our training season.   The designs are below.  These will be $48 a piece.*  Need final orders by April 11th.  

* Notice there are 4 small logo areas and one large logo area.  We are soliciting logo sponsorships.  If anyone has any leads on getting some cool businesses to help us underwrite these jerseys let me know.  You bring in a sponsorship - you get a free jersey!  Everyone else's jersey will be cheaper!  You will be a hero!

What you need to do to be sporting one of these spiffy jerseys come ride time:

  1. Vote on your jersey version 1 or 2 by emailing your choice to penultimatesbike@gmail.com. Still open to design suggestions as well, so if you want to modify the colors, etc..include them in this email.  Most voted design wins!
  2. Look at the size charts here.  Measure yourself, measure existing jerseys that fit well, look at the chart, and remeasure.  Onus is on you guys to fit yourself.  (Note can choose relaxed, racing, or womens sizes).
  3. Email your size and jersey type selection to penultimatesbike@gmail.com by April 30th.