What are the Benefits of Indoor Cycling?

According to the U.S. Department of Health ".....regular physical activity substantially reduces the risk of coronary disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.....and helps to control weight, contributes to healthy bones, muscles and joints... reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression..." Need we go on? Cycling is also "low-impact" without the joint stress that you get from "ground-pounding" sports and activities. All good reasons to strap-in/clip-on and RYDE!



On a mission to grant 3 wishes Meet Fred Farrand, Wish-A-Mile super genie

fred with girl
The RydeOn! family is sweating it out with an acute case of Wish-A-Mile fever, thanks in large part to the dedication of Fred Farrand. Mild mannered accountant by day, over the last 5 years Fred has transformed himself into a Wish-A-Mile (WAM) super genie.

WAM’s #3 fundraiser has set himself the ambitious goal of raising enough money to grant a wish to three critically ill Michigan children.

To date, Fred has raised a staggering $21,535, but with only 4 days left before the WAM 300, he’s still $965 short of his goal. To accomplish something this challenging, even super genies need help. RydeOn! family, please, let’s come together to make Fred’s inspiring wish come true.

We recently asked Fred about his Wish-A-Mile experiences and motivations, including what advice the 5 year WAM veteran has for first-time ryders:

Q: This is your 5th year with wish-a-mile, and personally you are WAM's #3 fundraiser. Why is this event so important to you? 

A: It is all about the kids isn't it….  When I first rode WAM 5 years ago I was simply looking for a long ride. But I had no idea what meeting the kids would mean to me. Both in Chelsea and Traverse City I was able to meet and speak with several Wish Kids and their families. You hear their stories and it makes you realize that what you are going through is nothing in comparison to what they are dealing with. Before we turned a single pedal stroke I was hooked. I was ready to sign up for the next year's ride and I hadn't even done my first ride. It is life changing. This year I set a goal of $22,500. This represents 3 wishes. Yes, it is a very ambitious goal, but I figure why not go big? As of today I am $965 short. With only 4 days to go I really hope that I can make it.

Q: What are some of your favorite moments from past WAM 300 events? 

A: The best part is meeting the Wish Kids and hearing about their situation and the details of their wish. Those are some great stories Also the people you meet and you realize that everyone there is there for a singular purpose. How cool is that? A whole bunch of strangers coming together to help some very deserving kids. On the road a few memories stand out. I remember one year eating fresh made donuts from an Amish farmer while helping another rider change a flat. In the mornings we hit the road at 6am before the sun is up, so we get to enjoy the sunrise in a way that most people never will. On Saturday night (at the end of day 2 of 3 on the ride) the Wammy's are held, which is a ceremony to recognize everyone's efforts, and you get to see a video featuring a Wish Kid getting their wish. There isn't a dry eye in the house.

Q: The RydeOn! family has dramatically increased their support of this event over the last year. What does that mean to you?

A: Last year I think I was the only rider from RydeOn! who took part in the WAM300. Brigid was incredibly supportive of my efforts and really helped to champion the cause at the studio. And now to see the ripples of year one expand this year is outstanding. With riders on 3 different teams including a Studio team that has raised almost $5,000, you couldn't ask for anything more. I can't wait to see what next year holds and how many more people become involved.

Q: Many RydeOn! family members are participating in WAM for the first time. What advice would you give our first time ryders? 

A: The best piece of advice is eat and drink, eat and drink again, and eat and drink some more, but don't decide to try any new foods. There is no worse feeling than running out of energy (bonking) on the road. Doing either the 300 or the 50 is physically demanding and you need to be fueled up at all times; you can diet again when you get home. Since this event takes place on the wonderful Michigan roads you need to be hyper vigilant of the road conditions and of your surroundings with other cyclist and vehicles. Also, double check everything you need for the ride. Every year you hear stories about people that forget their bike shoes or helmet . . . never heard about anyone forgetting their bike, though.

Q: How hard is the WAM 300? How long does it take for you to recover? 

A: How hard the WAM is depends on how you prepare. Riding 100 miles in one day is tough, let alone doing it 3 days in a row. Personally, I put in as many base miles as I can starting at RydeOn! during the winter and early spring and once the weather turns, combining studio and road miles. So going into this year's ride I have over 3,300 miles under my belt since the first of the year, and that puts me in a great position to not be totally wiped out at the end of day 3. That isn't to say that my legs aren't sore when I'm all done. Usually, by Tuesday evening I'm fine. There is one other factor that can make the event harder and that is the weather, be it blazing hot or riding in the rain for hours on end. But if you go in physically ready, it lessens the impact of the weather. Plus, once you are soaked to the very core of your being you can't get any wetter.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like to tell the RydeOn family about WAM or the Make a Wish Foundation? 

A: Being part of the WAM 300 or 50, you should enjoy every moment because what you are doing is giving a wonderful gift to some great kids. And there is no better feeling then that.

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