If you list the Rapha blogs among your daily reads, or read Prolly Is Not Probably, you’ll have come across these two Speedvagen road bikes dressed in Sacha White’s unmistakeable liveries. They belong to Michael Tabtabai and Andrew Hudon, who embark this morning on a 3,465 mile odyssey in 24 days from Oregon to Massachusetts. The bikes are beautiful, that’s for sure, but the reason they have been created is to draw awareness to and raise funds for colon cancer research.
It’s going to be inspiring to observe the journey of Michael and Andrew on Instagram as they traverse the United States from west to east. A mammoth journey, but they’ll have the bikes to go the distance. Sacha White measured the boys and designed frames around their individual geometries, ensuring a comfortable trip. There will still be pain, the sort that comes with what will seem like countless days in the saddle, but there’s is an honest and empathetic quest, which will provide a pure salve.
ENVE, Rapha, Chris King, Poler and SRAM are also on board as sponsors, among others. These are more than partners, more than just stickers on a frame. Michael and Andrew are aiming to raise $52,000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance and The Colon Club, which is a hefty chunk of cash, but perfectly proportionate to the sweat and gears that the two guys are contributing to the cause.
These days, it’s safe to say that each of us has been affected by cancer in some way, or know someone who has. Follow Michael and Andrew’s progress on their website. If every reader of Cycle EXIF and Prolly Is Not Probably, every Rapha customer, each contributed at least one dollar, that goal of $52,000 could easily be reached—which is a sucker punch to the face of cancer. Donate here.