We are sorry to share that we lost one of our own this week: Willie Stoffer. Willie was a bright light at the PDX Summer Handcycling Series, bringing a smile to all with his quick wit and positive attitude. We are so grateful for the time we got to spend with Willie over the years, he will truly be missed by all.
Calling all handcyclists: are you planning to apply for an equipment grant from the Challenged Athletes Foundation this year? If so, come to Adaptive Sports NW on Thursday, November 2nd for grant writing support. It will be a drop-in event from 5-9 pm at 4840 SW Western Ave. Beaverton, OR. Please bring your own laptop or ipad, doctors note, letter from coach or program manager, and proof of income - these will all be necessary to apply. For more information about CAF grants, please visit http://www.challengedathletes.org/programs/grants/. If you are interested in attending or have questions about the grant writing clinic, please contact Lorna Day from ASNW at Lorna@adaptivesportsnw.org, or call at 503-241-0850.
Have you taken the handcycling survey yet? If you participated in the PDX Summer Handcycling Series at Portland International Raceway this summer, please respond to the survey below. It will only take about 10 minutes of your time and you may skip any questions you do not wish to answer. Your responses will be a huge help to Adaptive Sports NW. Thanks so much!
Tonight is the last ride of the summer at Portland International Raceway! Come out and ride on this beautiful day then join us for a potluck afterwards to celebrate the end of the season. On behalf of Adaptive Sports NW, huge thanks to our volunteers and sponsors from RAFFA, Different Spokes, and the Oregon Public Health Institute!
If you have not already, please take the time to complete the survey below about your experience with the handcycling program, health, and nature:
We hope you have enjoyed your summer of handcycling at Portland International Raceway - now we want to hear from you! Please follow the link below to complete a survey about the PDX Summer Handcycling Series:
This survey is crucial feedback for Adaptive Sports NW, as a condition of our grant funding from the Oregon Public Health Institute: Oregon Health & Outdoor Initiative. This data will help us share our story with potential funders and guide program expansion in the future. If you have any questions or additional feedback, please email Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Congrats to those who braved the rain to ride this week! Special shout out to Dave Pierson who crushed a 'marathon' - 26.2 miles on Tuesday, and a personal best for him at PIR. Does anyone have photos to share from the wet ride this week?
Don't miss the chance to join us for our last ride of the summer next Tuesday, followed by a potluck at PIR. Please bring a food item to share with the group. Hope to see you there!
Between the heat and the air quality warning in effect until 6 pm this evening, we have made the difficult decision to cancel handcycling tonight. Please stay inside and stay safe, and we apologize for the inconvenience. We are devastated by the loss of old growth forest in the Columbia River Gorge.
The PDX Summer Handcycling Series would not be possible without the support of our sponsors from RAFFA who are covering 100% of the track fees this year, as well as lending a hand at the track every week. RAFFA is nonprofit organization that "exists to raise awareness for Friedreich's ataxia (FA), and to provide assistance to the disabled community and to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities, including FA."
Their largest annual fundraiser is quickly approaching and they need volunteers to assist with the Color Run on September 9th at PIR. Please see details below and consider signing up to help: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-color-run-volunteer-portla…
The weather has finally cooled and we are looking forward to another great night of cycling at PIR! Join Carley, Lily, and the rest of the usual suspects at Portland International Raceway tonight! Adaptive Sports NW Different Spokes RAFFA
Update regarding handcycling Tuesday, 8/1/17 from the Adaptive Sports NW Staff: We will continue programming tomorrow as long as temperatures remain under 100 degrees. Currently, the weather is predicting temperatures at 99 degrees at 5:00 pm though the temperature on the track may be higher than other areas of Portland. We would recommend that people DO NOT RIDE tomorrow at PIR, however, we respect personal choice in this decision. If temperatures remain under 100 degrees..., staff will be on site and ready to go with plenty of extra water. We ask that if you do choose to handcycle, please err on the side of caution: hydrate, and bring extra ice or wet towels to cool off. We also ask that you share this message far and wide with the handcycling community, particularly those that may not follow this page. Stay tuned for an official cancellation tomorrow IF temperatures rise above 100. Stay cool, handcyclists! Different Spokes Portland International Raceway RAFFA