Cyclist Rides Cross-Country for LIVESTRONG – This is one of those, “Why can’t we have more good news?” segments that people ask me about. With the, “Stand Up To Cancer,” television event coming up on September 10 on just about every channel you can imagine, here you go.
Meet Janeen McCrae. Well, actually, she’s a little busy right now.
Janeen is known online as a writer and cyclist. Born in Australia and now residing in Brooklyn, she is a follower of the popular blogger, Fat Cyclist. Elden Nelson, or, “Fatty,” as he known by his fans, not only relates his cycling adventures, he also documented his late wife’s battle with cancer. It was a poignant story that touched thousands of people, including McCrae.
Nelson’s story isn’t just about family, because of the support he received, he is also a huge advocate of the Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG Foundation and through his blog has raised awareness, thousands of dollars, and hundreds of volunteers around the world to help him WIN the war against cancer.
This is where Janeen McCrae comes in. Fat Cyclist readers first became aware of her a couple of years ago when she submitted a video to Fatty that chronicled a day in her apartment. Riding on rollers, we watched as she completed the, “100 Miles of Nowhere,” which has now become an annual Fatty fund-raiser for LIVESTRONG. It’s a great little piece that really showcased how hard a century ride can be, even if you don’t go anywhere.
McCrae (also known as, “Noodle,”) decided that the 100 miles wasn’t enough and has taken on the challenge of riding the TransAmerica Trail from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria, Oregon for the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Yes. She’s riding 4,262 miles across the United States for Team Fatty to help fight cancer.
She asked for $4,262 – a dollar a mile – and has reached that goal in Missouri. Now, like what happens so often to Fatty himself, she has to raise the bar – can she get $5 a mile before all is said and done?
Her tour almost finished as soon as it began when on Day 4, McCrae somehow lost control of her bike and trailer and fish-tailed into a ditch. The next thing she remembers is the whirring sound of helicopter blades as she was med-flighted to a not-so-local hospital.
Undeterred, she finished physical therapy on her broken wrist in a few weeks and went back on the road, fighting fatigue, hunger, poison ivy, dehydration, hills that hate cyclists, dogs that chase cyclists, motorists that… well… are not always so nice, and that little voice that screams DOUBT with every new challenge.
She has also met some wonderful supporters along the way and is grateful to each and every one of them.
I encourage everyone to follow Janeen as she documents her adventure at No Direction Known. Her bike, named, “Precious,” even has his own website, Twitter account and Facebook page! She’s a great writer and you won’t be disappointed. Be forewarned however, that you will find yourself heading for the fridge like you do while watching The Food Network as she documents her meals as well as her scenery.
You can also follow her on Twitter @thenoodleator where her comments are about 2-3 days ahead of her blog. You can find out things like how she was billed for that mysterious helicopter-ambulance ride.
Also, if you see her out on the road, do me a favor and toss her a PowerBar, some ice for those water bottles, and some words of encouragement. All of us who are following her would really appreciate it.