We are back on the road. For the sixth year, Keen Technical Solutions is proud to be a part of the Less Cancer Bike Ride! Continue reading “2021 Less Cancer Bike Ride Kicks Off June 5!”
Another year, another unique edition of the Less Cancer Bike Ride! Keen Technical Solutions pulled out all the stops to support one of our favorite non-profit partners, Less Cancer.
This year’s ride was always going to be a little different. Two months ago, we helped make the decision to keep the ride solo. At the time, cycling organizations like USA Cycling and the League of Michigan Bicyclists were recommending only solo rides to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To do our part, we made changes. While we certainly missed the challenge and camaraderie of a two-day, 250 mile adventure like we’ve done in years’ past, we knew that it was the right thing to do.
The Alone But Together Bike Ride was born. By the time we made it to the planned weekend of June 6 and 7, guidelines allowed for small groups of riders. Cyclists all over the country signed up to pedal the path to prevention; from six miles to 150, every mile and every rider makes a difference.
Together Team Keen Technical Solutions raised a total of $3,395, a great contribution to the $68,000 already raised for Less Cancer as a part of this event.
We think we earned every cent!
On Saturday, eight riders took on a massive 150 mile ride that looped south to Cadillac before heading north into a strong headwind home to Traverse City, Michigan. The small crew worked together and kept spirits high, with our friend Sean Kickbush driving the SAG wagon packed with snacks, water, and an open spot for any riders needing a break.
The ride took over seven hours to complete at a flying pace of 20 miles per hour! You can see all the numbers here, plus some more great photos of the ride.
We’d like to thank Less Cancer founder Bill Couzens for his passion and effort on behalf of the effort to bring cancer prevention to the forefront of thought, investment, and education. 60% of cancers are preventable. By informing healthcare professionals and legislators on dietary and environmental risk factors, we can reduce the number of cancer patients, the number of worried families, the number of financial disasters, and the number of cancer deaths. Prevention is the best investment we can make to a brighter future, and events like the Less Cancer Bike Ride are what make the difference.
You can still donate to riders from the Keen Technical Solutions team through June 30. You can even sign up and go for a ride yourself and become a part of the team for 2020 and beyond! For more on the Less Cancer mission, make sure you check out LessCancer.org. We’re proud to celebrate our fifth year involved in this great event and to have helped bring the ride to northern Michigan. Until 2021, ride on!
One of the causes that has always been especially important to us is cancer prevention. As many as 60% of types of cancer are preventable, forcing families to face a disease that ravages body, mind, community, and ruins finances. While the world seeks a cure, we can reduce the number of people who face these hardships by reducing cancer rates.
Our partners at Less Cancer rely heavily on their annual charity bike ride to raise money to support their operations. They work in forty countries around the world and play a vital role in carrying the cancer prevention message to places of power, including Washington D.C. This past winter, Keen co-founder Tim Pulliam was honored in our nation’s capital for his work in promoting healthy, active communities.
This year’s Less Cancer Bike Ride will have a very different look but the same inspiring spirit. Due to social distancing guideless and in the interest of the rider’s and support staff’s safety, the ride simply couldn’t go on as it normally does. Instead, we’re asking people everywhere to help us pedal the path to prevention.
You can ride one mile or one hundred. Ride once over the June 6-7 weekend or as many times as you want! Ride in the woods, ride on the roads, ride a lap in your neighborhood. You can even ride an indoor trainer if you feel safer. Even though we’ll be riding alone, we’re Alone But Together, and it’s how we can all play a role in the mission of Less Cancer.
Can’t ride? Consider making a donation to one of the many teams forming across the country! Our Team is made up of Keen employees and plenty of friends we ride with year-round, including a few that have joined us for the Less Cancer Bike Ride in years past!
To learn more Less Cancer and the organization’s work, head to LessCancer.org. There you’ll learn about the National Cancer Prevention Caucus, their programs, and the people behind the Less Cancer mission. You’ll also find out more about the Alone But Together Bike Ride, so make sure you sign up and join us!
Over the past few years, we’ve really taken a lot of pride in being a part of the Less Cancer mission. This June, we hope you’ll join us in pedaling the path to prevention right here in Traverse City for a great cause. Continue reading “Pedaling The Path To Prevention: Less Cancer Bike Ride on June 7”
This is what community is all about. This past Saturday, we enjoyed sun, fun, and even a run at the Farmland 5k and Free-For-All Bike Race!
We’ve been the title sponsor of this event since its first edition for a lot of reasons, but perhaps the most important is simply because we love it! It’s unique, unpredictable, and brings together a lot of special people at a time of year that would otherwise be a bit of a whole in the calendar.
Having any event in early December in northern Michigan is a gamble, but for runners and bikers from Traverse City, we’re never scared of a weather forecast! This year was the snowiest edition of Farmland in years, but not the coldest. Temperatures were at or above freezing for both the noon run and 1pm bike races, and the sun stayed out for almost all of it!
Keen had plenty of athletes in action in the run and bike, including a smiling Mike Powers. The two to three inches of soft snow made traction tough for the runners, but they still put up some interesting times over the 3.2 mile course that included some rolling hills and a surprising amount of wind.
With over 100 runners, the snow was mashed and softened up by the time the bikes lined up. Fat bikes, with tires over four inches wide, were the popular choice, but as always, we saw a bit of everything for the “free-for-all”, including plenty of 29ers and even two cyclocross bikes!
First place or last, we’re all about having fun. TJ Brown got the kids to the line, the youngest participants of the whole day! Just staying upright in the soft snow was challenge enough, but the whole family had a blast. Mike, Shawn Luca, TJ, and all the Keen crew were smiling lap after lap, totally 12 miles!
A big thanks to the Traverse City Track Club and everyone who makes the Farmland happen, and we’ll see you again in 2020!
Check out the full results from race day here.
It might just be our favorite week of the year. This Saturday is the 30th edition of the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge, the largest point-to-point mountain bike race in North America! The best part? It’s right here in our backyard. Continue reading “It’s Iceman Week: See You At Make It Stick!”
Now it’s Out’n’Back season. This past Sunday, we had over 100 riders kick off the run-in to the Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge with bikes, brats, and a bit of pond jumpin’. Continue reading “Out’n’Back Season Kickoff: Thanks For Riding, Everyone!”
One of the biggest priorities at Keen is putting people first. Our relationships don’t end with the projects; they’re just the beginning.
We’re always stopping to check on our pal Paul. His company, Frontier Computer Corp., is just a few miles away in Traverse City, and it’s one of the businesses even locals don’t realize is based right here in Northern Michigan. Like Keen, Frontier is doing work on a national and even global scale, making it one of the very exciting companies we are lucky to call ‘neighbors’.
Knowing Paul is always up for a bike ride with us, we tagged Paul and his wife, June, in for the Less Cancer Ride a few weeks back. Paul immediately recruited a few more friends, organized some donations, and really helped make the fundraiser’s success a reality. It got us thinking just how important relationships are as a business, but also as people. We are so lucky to have met, worked with, and continue to get to know people like Paul. Across industries and at companies of all sizes, there are good, smart folks who simply love to make a difference.
From everyone at Keen, thanks for going along with our crazy ideas, Paul!
“June and I were proud to be a part of this inspiring event where both survivors and supporters from our community came together to share the weekend with a common cause… LESS CANCER. Thanks to all who rode, supported and donated so that one day we can stop saying goodbye to our friends and family members, and can finally say goodbye to this horrible disease.”
This past June, we rode bikes for Less Cancer. This September, you can, too.