Friday, March 15, 2013

St Patrick's Day Massacre, a fundraiser ride.

View from the top

I recently had the honor of being the official ride photographer for a really well done school fundraiser ride recently, The St Patrick's Day Massacre. It was neither a massacre nor on St Patrick's Day but it was a lot of fun and raised critical funds for a school art program. 42 riders made the ride across San Francisco, over the Golden Gate and on up Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands. Most doing repeat ascents of the long uphill portion that represented about 580' (vertical feet) of climbing over the course of a few miles. The weather was perfect for riding and the views were spectacular for the great turn out of riders and supporters alike. 

Slow going up 
In addition to being the event photographer I managed my own ascent of Hawk Hill on my recently acquired vintage Bianchi. Not the best choice of  bicycles to climb a giant hill but it did the job as I rode up with the others stopping to take photos at key places along the way. As irony would have it the scary part would be riding back down on vintage 80's hardware. It did just fine but I was definitely pushing the bicycle in the direction of it's reasonable limits. 

Event organizers at the top of hawk Hill
All in all it was a great day and definitely demonstrated another fun way to raise money for education and a fantastic job for a first time event, or any event really. We could use more with this kind of well planned organization. Even the t-shirts looked good. (Bonus points for getting to combine my efforts as photographer, art educator and bicycle enthusiast.)  

Fast descending
Good job everyone!

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