Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Hello, fellow ‘Ride for Livestrong Seattle’ cyclists and supporters!

Just THREE days until the Seattle Century this Saturday, July 30th!  My, how time has flown by.  And the weather forecast looks perfect for the ride – sunny and 77 degrees F!

We’re excited to be participating in this ride: raising the flag for Livestrong and showing that Seattle supports cancer survivors and their families!  I want to thank you for your interest and support for our group in its inaugural year, through fundraising and participation in our rides and events.

And keep in mind that it's not to late for you and others can still register for our group (for this ride and future rides and events):

  1. Go to and register as a rider (
    use our Seattle Century discount code - LIVESTRONG23 - which gets you $10 off of the registration fee!)
  2. Register yourself and be part of the "Ride for Livestrong Seattle" team at

  3. Drop me an email at so that I know that you're there! 

Now ... on to business!


Of course, we are supporting Livestrong both through ‘representing’ at various rides and events, but also by fundraising.  Some of you have been fundraising in your online grassroots accounts – thank you for doing so! 

If you haven’t, or are in the process, please consider a push before the event – send an email to your friends, family and colleagues letting them know that you are riding this weekend in support of Livestrong, and send them your grassroots Livestrong Fundraising HQ link (i.e. - or whatever your alias happens to be). It’s amazing what support you’ll get by just letting people know what you’ve been up to.

The Ride

The Seattle Century starts at Magnuson Park.  Here is the general schedule, per the website:

6-9:30am Continental breakfast
6:00am Registration and start line for 100-mile route
8:00am Registration and start line for 50-mile route opens
8:00am 100 mile course start line closes
9:00am 50 mile course start line closes
11:30-1:00pm Finish line music and snacks
1-6:00pm Massage
1-6:00pm Gourmet dinner
Invite your friends and family to join you at the finish line - purchase extra gourmet dinner tickets (includes free beer) in advance or at the event.
5:30pm Course closes
6:00pm Event closes

Our start
On our side, from what I’ve gathered, most of us will be riding the century (100-mile) route.  We are planning on arriving at Magnuson Park at 6:00am for the breakfast and registration, likely on the road around 6:30am-ish.  Please show support for Livestrong and our team by wearing your Livestrong bike jersey and/or shorts!  Look for us in the white, black and yellow bike 'kits'.

Our ride
With the Burke-Gilman detour, hills, rest stops, etc. the 100-mile group should be on the road around 6 hours – and back to the finish area around 1:00pm, barring any unforeseen circumstances (i.e. a triple flat tire, eh, Mike?), which lands us back in time to secure our bikes and enjoy the gourmet dinner, massages, etc.  If you are enjoying the 50-mile route and departing later per Seattle Century’s schedule, don’t despair – enjoy a great ride, and we hope to meet up with you at the finish line celebration!

Our finish
The great news is that we will have a Livestrong table reserved for us at the finish area, where we will be enjoying the gourmet  salmon dinner!  Not sure how large the table is, but please keep an eye on it, sit there, bring your friends/family, and we’ll be sure to catch up there in the afternoon as a ‘meeting point’.  It’s time to celebrate a good ride together – we should be there at least from 1:00 – 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

See you on Saturday morning – looking forward to it!


Patrick Chatfield
Seattle Livestrong Leader
Team Captain, Ride for Livestrong Seattle

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

STP Complete! We Made It!

Hello, Everyone!


Last weekend we managed the 205-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) ride in two days!  It was great fun for the four of us - (above, from left to right) Patrick, Ron, AJ and Mike - as "Ride for Livestrong Seattle" was well represented in the sea of over 10,000 riders going in the same direction!

Day 1 was approximately 135 miles, with a stopover in Castle Rock, WA, while Day 2 was a 'meager' 70 miles and ended in Portland.  It was a well organized and supported ride, and I can say that we look forward to returning next year!  (No, we're not going to do the STP-PTS ride in one weekend, as some die-hards do in one weekend!)

 AJ (Andrew) 




Surprisingly, it was a 'manageable' ride - with AJ pulling for most of the trip (he's a machine) while the rest of us sat on his coattails ... and with a number of highlights, including:
  1. Incredible weather, including two magnificent sunrises (the first over Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier in the background);
  2. Well-stocked rest stops;
  3. Only one stop for a flat tire (well, one stop with three flat tires, right, Mike?);
  4. Overnight at Castle Rock High School (food, massages, and camping on the gymnasium floor);
  5. Beautiful urban and rural scenery, including 13 miles of covered, forested bike paths, farmland, views of Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens, and Magnificent bridge crossings into Oregon and into Portland;
  6. Free chocolate milk(!);
  7. Great times with good friends on the road;
  8. Making it to Portland in one piece;
  9. Napping on the bus ride home; and
  10. Hearing afterward that a 9-year-old completed the ride, too (oh, how humbling).

Next stop: the Seattle Century Ride ( on July 30th (less than three weeks away!).  Please see our first blog posts below about how to register with our exclusive Livestrong discount,  how to join our team (yes, there is still time!), and ride with us during this event!

We continue on to raise awareness for LIVESTRONG ( and their cancer kicking programs and survivor support!  Please join us, train with us, or support us!  Email us at with any questions, or to let us know if you'd like to be part of our group!

Until we meet again,


Livestrong Leader, Seattle
Team Captain, Ride for Livestrong Seattle

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Ride for Livestrong Seattle: Two Days until the STP (Seattle to Portland) Ride!

Hello, Folks -

Well, it's just TWO days until the start of the 200-mile STP (Seattle to Portland) 2011 Ride ( - and we are banding together, to have a fun ride and raise the LIVESTRONG flag with our unity!

Four of our "Ride for LIVESTRONG Seattle" group - AJ, Mike, Ron (flying in from Nevada) and me (Patrick) will be joining over 10,000 other riders in this classic annual ride.

We will be trekking 135 miles to Castle Rock, WA on Saturday (July 9, 2011), with an 'easy' spin of 65-ish miles on Sunday, to round out the weekend.  None of us have ridden this ride - or this length - before, but I think with good pacing (and perhaps a 60 mile cab ride?) we should be in good shape.  Eat and hydrate will be key for these two days.

Our bikes are shined up, and we're packing - I think the biggest fear so far is getting up early (3:30am-ish) to be set for the 5:15 am two-day start from Seattle. WHAT WERE WE THINKING?

Not sure.  But stay tuned. 

We'll let you know how it goes - but we are all VERY excited to be banding together on this ride, letting the Seattle and Pacific Northwest community know that LIVESTRONG has a presence, and that we are supporting cancer survivorship through our efforts!

Wish us luck - wave to us as we pass - and talk to you soon!


Livestrong Leader, Seattle
Team Captain, Ride for Livestrong Seattle