I forgot an important detail about the LIVESTRONG┬« European Cycling Team, which endeavors to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation: Not only can you donate money to support the team (pretty, pretty PLEASE – seriously – $10, $5 – $1.75 – ANYTHING makes a difference – and thank you so much for what has come in so far):
Help the Ride for the Roses!

BUT, you can also JOIN the team. Here’s some info from the Team Page:

This is the team for you if you’re European, you have European roots or you just want to have fun riding in a team rather than being on your own. You don’t have to be a brilliant athlete to ride with us- the only requirement we have is enjoying yourself while making a difference in the fight against cancer and celebrating the Livestrong idea during the Challenge weekend.

Please support our team as we make a difference in the battle against cancer with my participation in the LIVESTRONG Challenge, which benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation inspires and empowers people affected by cancer. The LAF believes that unity is strength, knowledge is power, and attitude is everything.

I am a “Euro-mutt” by ancestry, as is almost everyone I know, and since neither being European nor having European ancestry are a requirement anyway, everyone qualifies for the team!

I, myself, have pledged to assist Mic in reaching his goal of raising $25,000 (USD) for the team (and that isn’t just because I’ve not ridden a bicycle since I was fourteen – wait – I road a tandem bicycle a decade or so ago…). But fundraising and building a team are both part of of Mic and Henrike’s venture.

And now that I’ve brought up the athletic option, wouldn’t the tired and arthritic demographic (of which I’m a part) find it easier to support this invaluable cause by following a few simple computer links? Okay, I’m not trying to discourage you if you are a motivated cyclist, I’m just saying that we can ALL take part in the Ride for the Roses!