Wednesday, June 16, 2010

ThinkCure! Bike Challenge | Sunday Nov 14, 2010

Photo of my dad and I in Saigon, Vietnam circa 1975 chillin’ on his baby blue Vespa

The Lams have experienced 3 very tragic cancer episodes and have lost our love ones to this terrible disease. We have lost our Grandma, my father and just this past weekend our auntie Anh to cancer. This is a very sad week for the Lams, but it is also a bittersweet feeling knowing that the scientific cancer research community is gaining grounds in search of a cure for cancer for future generations. We feel so helpless witnessing our love ones in the hospital being consumed by cancer and ThinkCure! Bike Challenge is one way we can empower ourselves and help fight the battle against cancer.

To celebrate their lives, our studio has formed Team Lam to help support this cause and we hope you will find it in your heart to help this wonderful cause with your generous donation. Better yet, come join in the fun with Team Lam and ride with us to help raise more money for this cause. Any amount is appreciated. We are hoping to raise $500 and know that we can make this goal in no time. Please help us spread the word and copy the link below to your friends and help us raise our $500 goal for this wonderful cause.

Team Lam's ThinkCure! donation site:

click here >> to Join Team Lam


1. What is the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

ThinkCure! Community Ride is a 22 mile bike ride of family-friendly fun. We will cruise on the 110 freeway into Pasadena and ride on their beautiful streets and then finish the ride at Dodger Stadium. There will also be a Metric Century (63 miles) and a Century (100 miles) ride also happening on the same day.

2. When is the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

All three rides take place on Sunday, November 14th, 2010, while the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival will begin Friday the 12th and run through Sunday the 14th of November. They'll start in the early morning, but sign up for emails and check back later for exact times!

3. Who is ThinkCure!?

ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based nonprofit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancer. They rely on community support, calling on everyone in the community to get involved and make a difference in the fight against cancer. ThinkCure! is the official charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers and has already donated over $600,000.00 to the fight for a cure since its inception in 2007.

4. How Much Does it Cost to Enter the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

There is a $50 activation fee along with a $50 minimum fundraising commitment for the 22 mile Community Ride and a $100 activation fee and $1500 minimum fundraising commitment for the other two Challenge Rides. The ThinkCure! Bike Challenge is a community fundraiser to fight cancer, not just a cycling event.

5. Is there a Fundraising Requirement?

Yes. The Community Ride’s minimum fundraising requirement is $50 while both Challenge rides have a fundraising minimum of $1500. This is in addition to the activation fees. The main focus of the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge is to raise money to fight cancer through collaborative research at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

6. Is The ThinkCure! Bike Challenge a Charity Event?

Yes. The proceeds from the ride will go through the ThinkCure! grant process, which gives the money to collaborative cancer research at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and City of Hope.

7. What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising minimum by the recommitment date?

If you have not reached your fundraising minimum by our recommitment date, ThinkCure! will notify you and charge your credit card the remaining balance. Riders can continue to fundraise up to December 14th to reach their goal and ThinkCure! will refund the previous charge to your credit card.

8. Are donations tax deductible?

Yes. As a 501c(3) charity all of your donations and your supporters donations to ThinkCure! are tax deductible. Activation fees are not tax deductible.

9. Where will the ride take place?

All three rides will begin and end at Dodger Stadium and will leave via the historic 110 Freeway. The Community Ride will loop through the beautiful City of Pasadena before heading back to Dodger Stadium. The Metric Century Challenge ride will skirt the base of the San Gabriel Mountains before heading back to Dodger Stadium while the 100 Mile Challenge Ride will go over the top of the challenging Glendora Mountain Road.

10. Do I have to wear a helmet?

Yes. Safety is our first priority so helmets are required for all participants. To learn more about bike safety be sure to attend one of the bike safety seminars at the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival.

11. How old do I have to be to participate?

Riders must be 18 to participate in either Challenge ride. The Community Ride is open to adults and children 10-17 with parental permission. Children 9 and under must be accompanied by an adult with either a bike trailer or bike extensions.

12. Is this a race?

No. The ThinkCure! Bike Challenge is a ride designed to get the community together to support the fight against cancer. There will be no timing and aggressive dangerous riding is not allowed. While many of the roads, including the 110 Freeway, will be closed, all riders must still follow the rules of the road and challenge riders must be aware of traffic on open roads.

13. What type of bike would be best for the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

Any bike in good and safe working order will be fine for the 22 mile Community Ride. The Challenge rides will offer more difficult terrain and a longer day in the saddle. A multi gear road bike would be the best choice but even a mountain bike will do.

14. Can I listen to an iPod or use a cell phone during the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

No. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone using headphones or riding while distracted by your cell phone is strongly discouraged. This is a community event. Take the time to enjoy the ride and get to know the riders next to you!

15. Should I bring a water bottle?

Yes. In fact, Challenge riders should bring 2. Hydration is perhaps the most important consideration when spending a day on the bike and there will be many pit stops along the route to refill your bottles.

16. What will be available at the Pit Stops?

Pit Stops will have stations to refill your bottles as well as nutrition provided by ThinkCure! Bike Challenge sponsors. You can also expect to see fruit, pretzels, PB&J Sandwiches as well as other snacks. There will also be designated Lunch Stops with sandwiches and additional healthy foods.

17. Can my family or friends support me from a personal SAG vehicle?

No. Personal SAG vehicles are not allowed to ensure the safety of all participants. The definition of a personal SAG is any non-staff motor vehicle that is providing any type of aid, assistance, or motivation to any rider.

18. Are Tandem Bikes welcome on the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge?

Yes. Tandems are very welcome. Just remember, fundraising is per person not per bike so both riders will have to pay their activation fee and meet the minimum fundraising requirement for the ride they have chosen.

19. Is bike storage available at the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival?

Yes. Bicycle Valet will be offered at the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival.

20. How can my Friends and Family who aren’t riding support me during the ride itself?

The ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival is free open to the public to allow your friends and family to be there to cheer you on as well as take advantage of the vendors, informational seminars, and health food. Your friends and family can also volunteer to make the ThinkCure! Bike Challenge a safe and successful event for everyone. Send an email to for more information.

21. What Vendors will be at the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival?

Brands that put a priority on Health & Wellness will be there to share their knowledge and products with everyone at the ThinkCure! Health & Wellness Festival. Check back for a complete list of Vendors in the near future as the festival takes shape.

Check out one of ThinkCure! Ride Challenge upcoming information meetings for all of the details on their upcoming Training Program!

Thursday, July 8, 2010
Pasadena Cyclery
1670 East Walnut Street
Pasadena, CA 91106
7:00-8:30 PM

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Bay Shore Neighborhood Library
195 Bay Shore Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803
6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, July 15, 2010
REI-Manhattan Beach
1800 Rosecrans Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
7:00-8:30 PM

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
REI-Santa Monica
402 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
7:00-8:30 PM

For info:

Team Lam's ThinkCure! donation site:

To join Team Lam email our studio at info(at)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for doing this! I'd sign up in a heartbeat if I could figure out a way to get my bike to Pasadena (The Contessa's very finicky about transport.) I was surprised there wasn't a "support Team Lam" link, so I gave my donation to Carmen so we girls could keep up. :)

xoxox eliz.