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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.

Ride With Ryan Spurlock

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 Hannah Chadwick!

Rider gives an enthusiastic thumbs up as he pedals up a hillside

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

Why do you love riding in Cycle for Sight? It will be something new for me and I’m excited to be a part of it.

What’s your best cycling memory? Riding from Walnut Creek up Mt. Diablo then up Mt. Hamilton and ending at San Jose Caltrain station with a group of 10 guys in San Francisco Cycling Club. 117 miles and 11k feet of climbing.  I hit energy lows on that ride and then had a feeling I will never forget when at the top of Hamilton and on the train (with beers and burrito in-hand) on our way back to SF.

What’s your favorite quote? If you’re feeling comfortable then you’re avoiding the challenge to reach success.

Partner up with Ryan:

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

Donate to Ryan’s Ride

You can support his ride across Napa by donating here.

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 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!

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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.