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New Facebook Page!

Over the past few weeks, maybe even months, I have undertaken an effort to make my “brand” consistent across several sites, namely YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. I chose to standardize on my moniker of “fastk9dad”, which is the pseudonym I post under here at Cranky’s Corner.

Up until know I have been using Cranky’s Corner as the catch all for a variety of posts and topics. When I started it was pretty much all about cycling but that morphed into including some travel and family videos as well. After pondering this for a while, it seemed to confuse the brand a bit, so I decided to create a Facebook page to now be the central hub for all my endeavors and will shift Cranky’s Corner back to primarily cycling related content. That doesn’t mean I won’t post some other content once in a while but I’ll try not to clutter it up with stuff you all might not be interested in.

Now don’t forget to head over to over to Facebook and Like & Follow me there!

p.s. I also apologize for any “test posts” my subscribers may have received. I’m working on being able to cross post between the various platforms so I hope it didn’t cause any inconvenience.

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My Bucket List

Well summer is winding down and with that will go the warmer weather and the increased daylight hours. A lot has happened these in first 9 months, not to mention getting married to my beautiful wife. But outside of that, other life curveballs basically shelled my event schedule before it even got started and have generally made it difficult just to get on the bike. I’ve actually done less miles this summer than I did in one month last year. In an effort to restart my motivation I decided to create this bucket list as a way to capture all the things I would like to do someday. There is no particular order to these, just what came into my mind first – some I had planned on doing this year and others that just look really cool although probably unrealistic logistically & financially. This will probably be a living list and maybe I’ll even make it a page on my site, I’m not sure. I have added some context to each as to why I’d like to ride them, many are for charities that have meaning to me. And please feel free to suggest your own stuff, I’m open to suggestions and if I think the ride/race/event is a good fit I may just add it!

  1. Miles for Megan
    • Benefits a foundation in memory of a hometown girl that passed away from Leukemia 2008.
  2. King Challenge
    • Benefits the Krempels Center who is dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury from trauma, tumor or stroke.
  3. CT Challenge
    • Benefits the nonprofit organization, Mission, who is dedicated to helping the 15.5 million cancer survivors around the US.
  4. Phil’s Cookie Fondo
  5. Race CX again
    • Because I’m a masochist.
  6. Jamestown Classic
    • Homestate race that benefits the Jamestown Rotary Club which has supported a variety of causes over the years.
  7. Police Unity Tour
    • Benefits the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial & Museum.
  8. Colorado
    • I think every cyclist needs to ride in Colorado at least once.
  9. Ride all the Farm to Fork Fondo events
    • Bringing awareness and supporting to local farms and preserving open spaces.
  10. Ride any of The Col Collective climbs
    • Need to see the history and scenic beauty first hand to full appreciate.
  11. Ride & Run to Remember again (if they ever bring it back)
    • Benefits the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial & Museum.
  12. Ride in Walt Disney World
    • Not sure if this is even possible but as a Disneyholic I would love to be able to.

#SaveArgyle

Have you ever aspired to be your own boss? Perhaps maybe even owning your own sports team? Well now is your chance (sort of). Slipstream Sports, the company who manages the Cannondale-Drapac pro-cycling team, recently received some bad news in that a new sponsor they had line for for 2018 wasn’t going to fulfill their commitment. This left the team with a $7 million shortfall and the possibility of not being able to continue next year. Now if you’ve got a spare $7mil laying around, feel free to give Jonathan Vaughters a call, but I’m guessing most of my readers don’t but read on to see how you can help support the team.

When the news broke about the sponsorship deal sinking and the shortfall of money there was an outcry of supporters with many suggesting to try and raise the money via crowd funding. Management was blown away by the support and they put the feelers out to see if it was a viable option and with that a sponsor stepped up (the Fairly Group) and said they would match any crowd sourced donations up to $2 million. So that is where you all come in. Click the link below which will take you to their #SaveArgyle Indiegogo page where you can make your donation. There are a bunch of different levels to donate at, anything from $25 up to $50,000 and each level comes with it’s own “perks” whether it be a coffee mug, team kit, frame stickers, a ride with the team, a team bike all the way up to being able to ride in the team car. All very cool indeed.

So if you are so inclined, please help support one of the hottest teams in cycling right now. They are on a tear this year with their pinnacle achievement being Rigoberto Urán finishing second in the closest Tour de France finishes of recent years. It would be a shame, actually a complete disappointment, not to have this team competing in the World Tour next year. Join me in helping this American team secure their future and enable them to continue to race in 2018.

#SaveArgyle: Keep Cannondale-Drapac alive in 2018

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