New this year Key Bank have stepped up to a Gold Level sponsorship of the event and are riding the WAVE with their “Key for a Cure” Team. Supporting the local community has always been “key” to their success and is also the driving force in their innovative Key4Women program:
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Be sure to say a nice “hello” if you spot the Key for a Cure team on the route and thank them for their support!
Longtime WAVE supporter John Duggan, Cycling Attorney has given out about 17,000 free bicycle water bottles throughout the Puget Sound region! He has done a variety of “joint venture” bottles including the last five beautiful WAVE designs. These bottles have taken on a life of their own and many have become worldwide travelers as people take staged photos in exotic locations around the world (Machu Picchu, Peru photo below).
“Years ago when my practice began focusing on bicycle advocacy, I was looking for a “giveaway” type item that would have some sort of bicycle connection. A buddy of mine told me that if I was going to give away something, make sure it was good quality”. John found a high quality bottle that meets all of these requirements made by Specialized here in the USA. His bottles cost three times more than the cost of the cheaper versions but they are the best in the business with soft, safe plastic and a rubber valve.
The Duggan-sponsored bottle (also known as a “JD”) certainly has become part of the Duggan branding machine. “Whenever I see cycling photos on Facebook I will always look to see what bottle the cyclist is using. While I am riding I will also take notice if I see a ‘JD’ on somebody else’s bike.”
“About six years ago my family and I were in Waterford, Ireland at a summer festival with some cousins when a bicycle police officer came whizzing by. I am always curious as to what type of bike the police officers are using and while looking at the bike I noticed, to my amazement, that the police officer had a ‘JD’ water bottle. After the officer finished apprehending the person he was chasing, I introduced myself and asked him where he obtained the bottle. As it turns out, his mother lives near my cousin and my cousin had left several bottles with his mother.” What a small world—Duggan certainly did not expect to see one of his bottles on a police bike 6000 miles from Seattle!
In a soon to be published website, the JD bottle will have its own page, so that people can upload their photos of the water bottle…sort of a “Where’s Waldo?” While we are pretty certain that the “JD” has traveled to every continent in the world except Antarctica, it’s his support of 17 teams and many local events like Cycle the WAVE that make John Duggan a bona fide “King” in our eyes!
Since 2008, Cycle the WAVE has provided participants a deluxe & memorable ride experience with many special signature touches and fabulous food along the way.
We provide this high level of support for an affordable one-time registration fee…. And that fee just went down by $10 today! Just sign up using code JOINME (all caps, no spaces) during the month of August to get $10 off the event.
Maybe you have ridden the ride many times and are on the fence about trying the same routes- so we want to let everyone know about some awesome revised new routes (& walk) for 2016!
Burly Girl (70-mile) heads north to Redmond, Woodinville & Sammamish via scenic roads before joining the Girly Girl & MS routes for the last 12 miles. Middle Sister (45-mile) has an added Redmond loop and is a perfect step-up from the classic 29-mile Girly Girl Lake Sammamish loop. The Little Sister 11-mile beginner friendly loop we added last year received rave reviews. A fun new WALK the WAVE 5.8km option has been added for those who prefer 2 feet to 2 wheels- kids 11 & under (both sexes) are free!
We REALLY prefer not like to resort to “bribery by sweets”…but did you hear that we’ll have, Top Pot Doughnuts, Nothing Bundt Cakes & Vavako Chocolate at the event this year?
Register Today with Special Discount Code: JOINME (all caps, no spaces)
*Receive $10 off registration thru August 31st
Cycle the WAVE could not happen without the help of over 300 dedicated volunteers who help to produce the event each year. And certainly one of the most vital roles we look to fill each year is Volunteer Coordinator . So we are very excited to announce and welcome long time WAVE supporter Sherry Fadely to the team this year in this important position…
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80’s to pursue a dream of music and movies. I managed to do both; from chartering private jets for rock musicians to a successful 16-year career in feature film production.
My affair with the Northwest began while filming the FREE WILLY movies here, and I ultimately moved to Bainbridge Island in 2000. It was there that I took my first volunteer steps, getting involved with several community organizations. It was also while living on Bainbridge that bike riding became part of my life. With a need to improve my overall physical condition, I started pedaling in a spin class, then bought a bike, and less than six months later finished STP … it was a life changing experience. I was hooked and haven’t stopped cycling since. Riding my bike is a freeing experience; it makes me feel independent, it is a good workout, provides an active way to spend time with friends or be on my own, and is a great way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and be connected with the environment. I love exploring cities and vacation destinations from the seat of a bicycle and participating in organized events.
My first Cycle the WAVE experience was in 2010 and it, too, is memorable. The energy of all the women, many of whom were not “cyclists” and the sense of empowerment and accomplishment — it was palpable. I’ve returned almost every year since as a participant.
I moved to West Seattle six years ago, a move that opened up new opportunities and new friendships. Soon afterwards I started volunteering with the Major Taylor Project – a Cascade Bicycle Club youth development program. MTPs mission is not unlike CtW in that it integrates bicycling with healthy living, and creates a sense of empowerment, inclusion and an opportunity to expand views by riding a bike. As a volunteer with this program I’ve done STP six times, riding with the students participating in the MTP program.
With more flexibility in my schedule this year I decided it was a good time to give back to CtW rather than just ride, and I agreed to come on board by volunteering in a major role. Having a back ground in production and working with volunteers (most recently as an event producer at Seafair for two years) I hope my experience and enthusiasm will be a good addition to this team as the Volunteer Coordinator.
I’m very proud to be on board and look forward to working with everyone at CtW and getting to know the volunteers. I will also look to you, the volunteers, to help guide me over the next two months – so that this year’s event is successful and memorable for all involved.