September 27, 2020 would have been Steve Reelitz's 65th birthday. Ten years and three days prior to this day, Steve, my dad, left this earth. I've thought of him every day over the last 10 years.
A decade ago, I was en route from Tucson, AZ to El Paso, TX when I got news that my dad passed. I was scheduled to ride the metric century Chile Pepper Challenge in Texas and New Mexico that weekend. I never made it to that ride. And, my life was forever changed.
Every year that I'm able, I try to go for a bike ride around my dad's birthday. This year, there will be no Honolulu Century Ride but there will be another event: The Ride of the Century, where riders sign up for a mileage challenge that must be done between September 25-October 4. To celebrate his 65th birthday and to commemorate 10 years without him on this earth, I am going big with a goal of 200 miles in 10 days and raising money for an organization that means a great deal to me.
If you can find it in your heart and wallets to donate even a little, it would mean the world. You can do $1 for every year since he graced this earth ($65 total) or $10 for every year he's been gone ($100 total) or any other random amount. Any little bit helps supports Hawaii Bicycling League and propels me in my journey to ride 200 miles in 10 days for 10 years without my dearly departed dad.
More information about Hawaii Bicycling League is available below.
As Oʻahu’s oldest and largest cycling organization, Hawaii Bicycling League is working hard to achieve our mission of “enabling more people to bicycle for health, recreation, and transportation through advocacy, education, and events”.
We advocate for bicycle-friendly, safer street changes, including laws to protect people on bikes and other vulnerable road users, more bikeways and Complete Streets, as well as the policies and funding to make Hawaii a bicycle paradise.
We educate bicyclists and motorists on how to safely share our roads and to ensure anyone that wants to bike is empowered to bike. We educate over 8,000 4th graders on Oahu every year, growing the next generation of cyclists.
We host events both big and small to get people bicycling and bring together a community around the love of cycling.
All funds raised will go toward HBL’s advocacy and education efforts to make Hawaiʻi’s streets safer for all.