Earlier this month, we hosted the eleven finalists and winners of the “Lael Rides Alaska” 2021 Femme-Trans-Women’s Scholarship.” A GoFundMe has been set up to help the finalists who didn’t win the scholarship, in an attempt to help them reach their goals this summer. Head on over to the GoFundMe to read all about it and donate if you can.
A few readers have sent this over, including our good friend Bailey here in Santa Fe. Bailey first met Jermell when he was a 16-year-old kid working at @blackstonebikes, a community and youth-focused non-profit bike shop in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. As an adult, he’s continued to work within the bicycle industry, most recently working for Divvy, Chicago’s bike-share program. He also lent a helping hand here in New Mexico in the start-up of @silverstallionbicyclecoffee in Gallup.
On November 30th, Jermell was shot 3 times while taking groceries from his car to his mother’s apartment. After time in the hospital, he has staggering bills. I know this time of year is tight for everyone, but if you’re able to, kick some extra dollars his way at Jermell’s GoFundMe.
Chuck Teixeira’s lifelong passion for riding is equaled only by what he has done to advance the sport. He embodies the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and dedication that we strive to achieve, and he has been instrumental in making cycling better for all of us.
And now Chuck needs our help; his home is gone. The CZU August Lightning Complex fire has ripped through the Santa Cruz mountains, destroying dozens of buildings, incinerating tens of thousands of acres and displacing tens of thousands of people. Chuck’s home was one of those that burned to the ground, only ashes remain. The sweat and blood he poured into building his mountain refuge is gone – reduced to smoke and embers. His scores of rare and vintage bicycles – a rolling museum of cycling’s evolution and a living archive of his inventions and innovations – reduced to melted metal and plastic. His hand-build hotrods – each representing thousands of hours of meditative hard work – charred beyond recognition. Beyond the tangible, and all the more devastating, Chuck and his wife Debbie lost the dream of spending the rest of their lives together in the sanctuary they built.
We’ve been reading, watching, and listening, as the world’s largest push for civil rights has unfolded in front of us this week and in that time, fundraisers have smashed expectations, surpassing their goals. L39ION, a road racing team, based in Los Angeles, and founded by Justin Williams has raised over $50k to help bring diversity to cycling in LA and beyond. This fundraiser is still going, so let’s do our best to keep pushing it! Donate to their GoFundMe if you have the means and give the team a follow on Instagram!