The Best Community In The World
Today was another one of those days where I am reminded how great the cycling community really is…
Scott Hodge Benefit Ride at Fort Yargo State Park
The scene was set…it was a beautiful sunny and 70 day with the fall colors lighting up the tree side. Today, we all got together to help out a man who has helped out the cycling community more than we will ever truly know…Scott Hodge the owner of Addictive Cycles. As you have seen in a previous post, Hodge broke 7 vertebrae in a horrible motorcycle accident. Like many people in in the industry, he does not have the aid of health insurance to help out with the bills. All of us got together and had a raffle/ride/get together that turned out to be a huge success!
A huge thank you goes out to Cane Creek, Mountain Cycle, JensonUSA for donating to the raffle.
The Cycling Community
Today provided me with a unique look on the true greatness that is the cycling community. We have many different backgrounds, come from all age groups, have different riding abilities and have different riding styles, but when it all comes down to it…we stick together. I would venture to say that there are very few groups that can make that same claim.
When Hodge was addressing the crowd today, he made some incredible points.
- He has the best friends in the world – I am sure you can relate. For the most part, our riding friends are the ones that are always there in a pinch and as our riding group grows…so do our friendships.
- My parents were just blown away by the support – Many of us take for granted or forget how great our community really is. To an outsider…it can be very surprising to see the overwhelming support. This is not the first time I have had a friend go down and get this type of support and it will not be the last time.
There are many things that can jeopardize and split apart friends…most of them not worth it (like arguing online about politics…). As we go through difficult times around the world, remember to help bring your riding buddies up instead of fighting. Through trying times such as these…it is our friends and communities that we need to turn to and appreciate.
I might be biased…but as cyclists…I think we have the rest of them beat. Get out and enjoy the ride!
Here are some shots from the day…I really wish that every ride could have these trail conditions matched with this weather. We had just enough rain yesterday to make the trail tacky and give us a breeze.
Scott Hodge – Addictive Cycles – Support The Cause
A friend of mine…pyschobillycadillac…put together this benefit ride to support Scott Hodge. Many of you have no clue who Scott Hodge is or what he has done for the cycling community. Until recently, I had no clue how much influence the man referred to as “Hodge” has done for the community because he does not brag about it. He does it because of his pure love of the sport and its community.
Unfortunately, Hodge got in a terrible motorcycle accident a couple of weeks ago that left several broken vertebrae and very large doctors bills. As a bike shop owner, Addictive Cycles, Hodge doesn’t have the funds (I wouldn’t be able to either!) to get this bills paid off.
So what can we do?
It is time to give back to a man who has so freely given his time, money and energy to the sport. Every single little bit helps, so please give what you can. I know times are tight right now all over the world, but it would greatly help him and his family if you could throw a little their way.
Before…I mentioned a ride…well here is all the info so try to make it if you are local to the area.
Hey folks as Im sure most everyone knows our dear friend Scott Hodge was involved in a motorcycle accident that has left him layed up with some pretty serious injuries as well as medical expenses. So we’re going to be doing a benefit ride to help out with some of those expenses. The details are as such…
Sat. November 8th at Fort Yargo, we’re going to shoot for a 12:00 (high noon) start time for the rides. We’re doing a later start for a few reasons, one it’s getting on towards winter and this will allow things to warm up a bit for the riding and two we’ve had folks from some pretty far away places express interest and we want to give them the ability to join us!
We will have rides furnished with ride leaders for all abilities! If you want to just do a short easy lap we will have someone for you. If you want to go out and hammer 50 miles, we will have someone there for you as well! Please we’re asking for everyone with every ability to come out, whether you just want to ride around the parking lot or experience all that Fort Yargo has to offer, we want you to feel welcome to join in the fun.
After the ride we will have food available for everyone and the new local and rising band Hammer Down has agreed to come play for us! And if that wasn’t enough our own local legend Bruce “the mouf of da souf” Dickman has graciously agreed to be our master of ceremonies for the day In addition a HUGE thanks go out to the folks at YABA who have donated to us the use of the pavillion there at the park for the day, thanks guys!
So what do we need from you? Well your attendance for starters and we’re asking for donations for the Scott Hodge fund. We’d like to ask for $20 from everyone to help out in the bills but please donate as much or as little as you can. As I said before everyone is welcome so if you can help out a lot and feel the call to do so then please by all means. If you can help out a little then we want you to feel just as important. Above all we just want to see your happy smiling faces out there doing what we all love most and what Scott wishes he could be joining us in. In addition to all of that we are working on some games for everyone, kids rides and a few other things that you’re just going to have to show up for to find out what they’re all about.
Everyone I’m speaking for Hodge and all of us here at the Addictive Cycles family when I say that the overflow of care and support that has been shown so far is amazing. It proves just what an amazing community the cycling world is and how we can all come together when a fellow member needs help. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done and will do and we look forward to seeing you all on Nov. 8th!