Sign up for the Gran Fondo in August to bike the beautiful (and sometimes challenging) East Bay
Details:When: July 23rd, 6-9PM
Where: Fast Freddie Community Space: 160 41st Street, Oakland. AT Piedmont Ave. Entrance to building faces Citibank parking lot/driveway.
Raffle: We will draw the raffle around 8PM. Must be present to win. Sign up for the Gran Fondo that night and you get TWO raffle tickets. Already signed up for the Gran Fondo? Print out your registration confirmation and bring it with you to the party.
Why: The Fast Freddie Gran Fondo is an east bay cycling event fundraising for the Fast Freddie Foundation and the Osborne Family Foundation. Your registration dollars go to helping kids get on bikes to adopt a healthier lifestyle. "The mission of Fast Freddie Foundation (FFF) is to inspire and provide young people with the tools to achieve personal successes by utilizing life skills learned through cycling. We encourage a commitment to education and a healthy lifestyle through physical activity." From the Osborne Family Foundation website: "We want to create cycling heroes. Racers who are examples for other kids struggling with poverty or problems at home or just looking for meaning in life. And we want to restore the honor of the sport."
Registration: You can register for the Fast Freddie Gran Fondo (August 17th) before the party or AT the party. Remember teams of six get a discount. Kids ride is FREE! If you are registered for the event (either before the party or at the party) you get 2 raffle tickets!
Fast Freddie Rodriguez
Freddie Rodriguez was born in Bogota, Colombia, raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Berkeley, CA. You may have seen him training in the East Bay hills, always returning a wave, smile, or hello. Fast Freddie supports many youth organizations in the bay area including: Team Swift, NorCal High School Cycling League, National Interscholastic Cycling Association, Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program, Specialized Junior Development Program, Tieni Duro Junior Cycling Development, Bikes for Tots, Dreams To Wheels, East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
He started the Fast Freddie Foundation to give kids the same opportunities that he had through cycling. The mission of his foundation is to inspire and provide young people with the tools to achieve personal successes by utilizing life skills learned through cycling. The Foundation encourages a commitment to education and a healthy lifestyle through physical activity.
Freddie has been in the professional peloton since 1995. He has raced with some of the top international teams such as Mapei-Quick Step, Domo-Farm Frites, Davitamon-Lotto and currently races for the U.S. domestic team Jelly Belly. He was well known for his lead out ability, especially as he guided his Davitamon-Lotto teammate Robbie McEwen to many wins.
Some highlights of his career:
He has started in all three grand tours.
Won stage 9 of the 2004 Giro d’Italia
Won Green points jersey in 2000 Tour de Suisse.
Won Green points jersey in 2006 Tour de Georgia
Has won a record four U.S. National Road Championships, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2013
Freddie now spends his time helping kids get on bikes through the Fast Freddie Foundation, racing for Jelly Belly, and with his family in Berkeley, CA.
To see more of his impressive accomplishments, click here.
Patrick Brady has been an active cyclist for more than 20 years. He's worked in bike shops in Tennessee and Massachusetts, neutral support and for the Junior National Team. He has raced road, off-road and cyclocross.
Patrick has written for Red Kite Prayer, Dirt Rag, Bicycling, VeloNews, Bicycle Guide,Outside, peloton magazine, Bike Monkey, Paved and Road Bike Action, and occasional contributor to Slowtwitchand the trade publication Bicycle Retailer and Industry News.
His current book, Why We Ride, "is a different sort of cycling book, one that takes the cycling jones and spit-shines it so that it reflects why so many of us stick with the bike even as other elements of our lives may change. It’s a book that asks why we’re willing to get up early, to ride in the cold, the rain, even the cold rain, and somehow count that as a good time." To learn more about the book, click here.Watch: