Monday, January 14, 2013

Who We Are - 2013 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 1 of the 2012 ride!
The Penultimates formed in 2010 with 5 riders, raising over 7500 for the Bike MS150 event. By 2012 we grew to an amazing 38 riders and raised $25,656 in the fight against MS.  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 Third Annual Paired Whisky Dinner hosted by Two Fool's Tavern (last years event is here), as well as second annual Smarty Party Trivia Night Fundraiser hosted by O’Neill’s in Nob Hill.  These events raise money directly for the MS society, but the proceeds go toward your rider totals, so if you think fundraising will be difficult - we make it easy!

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 majority of our riders were relatively new to cycling last year, and all of them completed some combination of the 2012 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!