People in our office are probably getting tired of green spandex? It’s not a fashion statement, it’s the kit (uniform) of the ThinkCash cycling team (today just a group of employees and friends-of-the-company that like to ride). The team has slowly been growing and has really improved the visibility of the company in our community. I’m constantly hearing from people who see someone in a ThinkCash kit passing them by on the Trinity Trail. I was “patient #1” to catch the cycling bug at ThinkCash and it has been fun to see as more and more employees discover the joys of cycling. Our Tuesday night rides started as 4 or 5 of us riding at a moderate pace (to make sure no one got dropped). Now are rides are often 8+ strong and consist of lots of 25+ mph sections with lots of sprint “hot spots” along the way.
Well, we have decided to continue supporting cycling in our community by sponsoring the 2009 Texas State Criterium Championships right here in Fort Worth on Memorial Day (Monday, May 25). It’s the largest 1-day race in North Texas with over 500 USCF participants and over 3,500 spectators. Additionally, it raises money for a great cause since all proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Police Bicycle Patrol – through Safe City Fort Worth. It’s their second-largest private funding source with over $10,000 raised each year.
The races run through Fort Worth’s Cultural District (with a start/finish line in front of the Will Rogers Center). The 1-mile figure-eight course has been praised as the “best course in Texas.” The racers even ride over a section of bricks on Camp Bowie and must negotiate several challenging turns at speeds of 30+ mph.
There is no cost to attend the event (Yes, FREE outdoor entertainment!), and there are races throughout the day. The flyer here has start times for the various races/events. I would recommend coming out for the Men Pro 1,2 race at 10:30 a.m. These are the best racers in Texas and will hit speeds of over 40 mph.
Additionally, those of you with children 9-and-under should bring them out for the Kids Race at 11:50 a.m. The kids are allowed to ride for a short distance along the finish line where they are cheered on by all the spectators. All kids in the race get a medal, so they are all winners.
This will hopefully be the first of many ways that ThinkCash can increase the awareness of our company in our community.