The 2013 Best Buddies ride was great this year: cool with beautiful clouds along the route. In fact, for miles of the race, we seemed to be riding on a sea of clouds (see picture) http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/markradcliffe1/library/#/user/markradcliffe1/library/Best%20Buddies%202013?sort=2&page=1&_suid=137990416679707113558577941615. I was also joined in the 100K race by two of my DLA partners from Australia (they even brought their own bikes). We had other DLA lawyers riding in the other distances.
After the ride, the party at the Hearst estate was inspiring and fun. The party included several Best Buddies who talked about their lives. One of the most moving moments of the party was when Lisa Smith “sang” by “signing” the song “Hallelujah” (the performance was caught by Mitch Tuchman, one of my companions on the ride) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X46ucppjzLI.
The main show was by Don Felder (formerly of Eagles) who gave a great performance http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Don+Felder/Tuesday+Children+Hosts+Evening+Light+Gala/x395NR2z773, even including Hotel California.
The Best Buddies program creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities http://bestbuddieschallenge.org/hc/. This year was the tenth anniversary of the California ride: I and DLA participated with Team SVB (Silicon Valley Bank) which had a record fund raising, nearly $700,000. This contribution was part of a $4.5 million raised for this great cause. If you are interested, you should join the ride and, even better, join Team SVB.