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Cycle for Sight

Ride with Frank Welte

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Robert!

In a aple green shirt, Frank smiles in front of a grey background.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? 2017 will be my first Cycle For Sight.

What do you love most about riding for Cycle for Sight? I’m looking forward to helping the LightHouse, getting outdoors, and making new friends.

What’s your best cycling memory? Probably cruising down a not-too-steep hill on the back of a tandem.

What’s your favorite quote? “I was put on this earth to accomplish certain things. I am so far behind now that I will never die.”

Partner up with Frank:

If you would like to ride with  Frank, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Frank’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride with Art Peterson

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Rob!Two men pedal a tandem bike whilst giving the camera a thumbs up.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? My first Cycle 4 Sight was 2016.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? I like the ride because it gives me the chance to do some serious miles again since losing my sight.

What’s your best cycling memory? My favorite cycling memory is tough to decide, having had so many over the course of 40,000 miles of bike touring, but I would have to pick my 1976 ride up the 142-mile Icefields Parkway from Banff to Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.  The scenery was incredible, and the weather was perfect.  It was the highlight of my 1900-mile Bicentennial tour of the Canadian Rockies and vicinity.

What’s your favorite quote? “Good judgement is the result of experience, and experience is the result of bad judgement.”

Partner up with Art:

If you would like to ride with Art, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Art’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Cycle for Sight: Join Team LightHouse in Napa on April 22!

“She’s game for things that a lot of people aren’t,” says Marc Sutton of his fitness partner Ginger Jui. “She’s willing to go on dirt, she’s willing to go down steep stairs. The more you ride with someone, the more you have that built trust. I feel safe with her, but I feel like it’s not an overcautious safe — it’s just like, alright, let’s go have fun… something exciting is going to happen here. Let’s see what it is.”

Marc and Ginger have been riding tandem together for going on eight years. For Marc, who is blind, riding with Ginger creates a physical outlet that gets him out of his mind and into his body. For Ginger, it’s a pedaling meditation and a chance to catch up and talk about life. Both have gained a lifelong friendship. Get to know their story in the video below.

Every spring, LightHouse rallies a team of blind and sighted cyclists like Marc and Ginger to ride and train together for Napa Rotary’s Cycle for Sight and raise funds for Enchanted Hills Camp. You can ride on your own or join a tandem team for the 15, 25 or 50 mile routes through wine country with more than 2,500 other cyclists. This is also great opportunity for Anthem and USABA’s National Fitness Challenge to set new and different fitness goals!

Start by signing up for Cycle for Sight and select Team LightHouse at signup. Then contact Tony Fletcher at tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319 if you’re interested in being part of a tandem team. Check out the existing members of our team!

If you’re curious about riding tandem but haven’t done it before, don’t fret — we’re offering free trainings in early April, so you can join the event with confidence. Mark your calendars for these upcoming training sessions at Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) at 3075 Adeline St #200 in Berkeley. Tandem bikes will be provided onsite, so contact Dagny Brown at dbrown@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7311 to reserve your spot.

April 6 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

April 13 – 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

April 15 – 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Members of Team LightHouse get a snazzy biking jersey and the opportunity to help raise vital funds for Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. All participating cyclists will receive an individual rider profile on our Cycle for Sight page, with a built in donation form. If you’re interested you can crowd fund via your individual rider page after you sign up and answer a few questions about yourself.

Raise $300 or more to receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills, including meals! We also offer a prize for the person or tandem team who raises the most contributions. All proceeds support Enchanted Hills Camp. We hope you’ll join us!

Visit www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and more info.

Ride With James Whimpey

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Marc Sutton!

Two male bikers zoom by in full gear in front of a grassy hill.

When was your first Cycle for Sight? This is my first Cycle for Sight so I can’t answer the first two questions but I can’t wait to take part!

What’s your best cycling memory? Spending a couple of months living in the French Alps and riding my bike every day through some beautiful mountain passes.

What’s your favorite quote? “I was put on this earth to accomplish certain things. I am so far behind now that I will never die.”

Partner up with James:

If you would like to ride with James, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to James’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Cycle for Sight

Join Team LightHouse at Cycle for Sight in Napa on April 20, 2019!

Each year, LightHouse rallies a team of blind and sighted cyclists to ride and train together for Napa Rotary’s Cycle for Sight and raise funds for Enchanted Hills Camp. We welcome individual riders and tandem teams for the 15, 25 or 50 mile routes with more than 2,500 other cyclists! If you’ve never ridden a tandem, we’re offer trainings in early April, so you can join the event with confidence.

Can’t Ride? You Can Still Donate

 

Interested in piloting a tandem bike for a blind stoker? Or, are you a blind stoker in need of a pilot? Sign up for Cycle for Sight and contact Tony Fletcher via email at tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319 to join Team LightHouse today.

Members of Team LightHouse get a snazzy t-shirt and the opportunity to help raise vital funds toward rebuilding Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind. Raise $300 or more and receive a free stay the evening before the ride at Enchanted Hills including meals! We also offer a prize for the person or tandem team who raises the most contributions. Here is a letter for you to personalize and begin fundraising for Enchanted Hills Camp now! You can also crowd fund via your individual rider profile after you sign up and answer a few questions about yourself.

All proceeds support Enchanted Hills Camp. We hope you’ll join us!

www.cycle4sight.com for route information, start times and more info.

Love Cycling but Can’t Ride? Donate to Support Enchanted Hills Camp:

Ride With Anthony Dalli

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Carson!
Anthony smiling, standing with his bike behind his tandem parter

When was your first Cycle for Sight? April 22, 2015 riding the 15 mile ride.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? Helping raise money for Camp, meeting new friends, branching out and enjoying life.

What’s your best cycling memory? Riding with friends, sightseeing the beautiful Napa country. Hanging out at the rest stop with Jimmy Cong, the musician. Riding with Nasir Acqbal for his first ever ride of 25 miles.

What’s your favorite quote? “Anything in life worth doing is worth overdoing.”

Partner up with Anthony:

If you would like to ride with Anthony, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Anthony’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Chris Downey

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.


Chris, his tandem partner and another companion are standing before a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in their biking gear, with their bikes

When was your first Cycle for Sight?  A business trip conflicted with the first Cycle for Sight that I was to ride in 2011 so I made up my own “LightHouse Cycle Challenge” later in September of that year. I rode with my tag team captains of Mike and Hans for one of the best rides ever – from in front of the old LightHouse at 214 Van Ness around the SF waterfront and across the Golden Gate Bridge for a long haul up to Inverness and then around to the Lighthouse at the Southern Tip of Point Reyes. It was one of those truly magical and rare days when the warmth and sun held off the wind and chill all the way across Point Reyes. It was so perfect that I’m reluctant to ever test fate again with the same ride but will always be thrilled to ride with Team LightHouse in the Cycle for Sight.


Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight?

I don’t often have the chance to get out on the tandem these days so it’s great to have this excuse and motivation to get back on the bike. The best clairvoyants takes me back to the time when I first lost my sight and worked through the LightHouse to get the training needed to confidently rebuild and restore the life I wanted.  As it was then, that initial sense of vulnerability and uncertain fear quickly gives way to settle into a confident strong rhythm and stride. It’s always fun to hit the road with so many sighted and unsighted cyclists but it’s no longer a challenge to knock out the ride up and around Mount Veeder.  The real challenge is to quickly and efficiently get through the first 40 miles so that you can race the onset of fanny fatigue for the final 10 miles. As the president of the LightHouse Board of Directors, then, the real challenge and motivation is to collect enough donations to motivate me to get through those final 10 miles. Based on the degree of fanny fatigue experienced in last year’s ride, it’s looking like I’ll need to be at a pace of about $200 per mile which would put me at an even $10,000 for the entire ride. This may be a bit painful for the wallets of my friends and supporters but I assure you that it will be a bigger pain for where my wallet goes! It’s your choice, do it for the campers or do it to put a smile on my face that can be sustained all the way through those final miles!  Above all else, I always look forward to riding the Cycle for Sight in support of the lives that are touched, changed and empowered through the programs and activities of the LightHouse and its Enchanted Hills Camp.

What’s your best cycling memory?

My best and most cherished cycling memory was the first ride I had on a tandem. My captain was one of my best friends and cycling partners who while I was still recovering in the hospital, first issued the challenge for us to get out and ride together. 4 months later, there we were, our maiden tandem voyage along the San Francisco Bay with my son Renzo, 11 at the time, on his bike and racing to keep up with us. My wife Rosa awaited anxiously at the end of the ride and greeted us at the finish with tears of joy. I don’t think anything will ever surpass the joy we all felt that day. It was a simple ride that started with some terrifying and wobbly pedal strokes that quickly turned straight and strong. That simple vote of confidence and challenge from a friend, shared with my family, was the moment when the world of possibilities seemed to open up for all of us. I doubt that anything will ever surpass the joy we experienced that day.

What’s your favorite quote? “Keep the rubber side down” – the first rule of cycling. If you don’t, havoc is sure to follow.

Partner up with Chris:

If you would like to ride with Chris, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Chris:

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Diana Sharkawy

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

Three friends stand together behind their tandem bike

When was your first Cycle for Sight? My first Cycle for sight was two years ago, April 2014.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? Biking is fun in general, but I love riding Cycle for Sight because because it supports our local veterans and the Lighthouse in a fun, interactive way.  I love the Lighthouse crew because they let everyone ride at their comfort pace.  Also, the wine after is a nice motivator.

What’s your best cycling memory? My best memory was riding a tandem for the first time with one of my friends who has low vision.  Figuring out how to get our tandem going was a telling experience.

What’s your favorite quote? “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.” -Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Partner up with Diana:

If you would like to ride with Diana contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Diana:

You can support her ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Mike May

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Harry!

cycle-for-sight-mikesara

When was your first Cycle for Sight? I haven’t ridden in many. The first was probably about 10 years ago.

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? I love the busy group atmosphere of the ride. It is very entertaining and very casual.

What’s your best cycling memory? I remember twice missing the 25 mile turn-off and riding an extra 10 miles.

What’s your favorite quote? “Starve the ego, feed the soul.”

Partner up with Mike:

If you would like to ride with Mike, contact Tony Fletcher at afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org  or 415-694-7319.

Donate to Mike:

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.

Ride With Tony Fletcher

Cycle for Sight 2017 is upon us! To support our many wonderful team members in their rides through Napa this year, we’ve created individual team pages where you can donate and share the story of their ride. To view all the 2017 teams, click here.

I’m riding with Jamie!


Tony standing in front of windows smiling

When was your first Cycle for Sight? 1993


Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight?       I love the feel of community and support that the city of Napa and Napa Rotary provides by hosting this event, my love of cycling and the thrill of introducing our blind community to tandem cycling.

 

What’s your best cycling memory?       Riding with a  member of our youth program on tandem. He brought his boom box (a 90’s thing) and strapped it to the bike so we could listen to hip hop/rap music along the 25 mile ride – I don’t think the other riders were quite ready for our choice in music that day.

 

What’s your favorite quote?     “EHC is the Place to Be.”

Partner with Tony:

Email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org to see if you can ride as Tony’s stoker in Cycle for Sight 2017.

Donate to Tony:

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

Sign Up to Ride

You can sign up to ride at Cycle4Sight.com. We are aware that the website has some accessibility issues, so if you’d like us to sign you up, email afletcher@lighthouse-sf.org.