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Medianox2010-04-27 10:03:08 +0000 #1
I was wondering...being pretty new in the world of cycling, organized rides and charity events...have any of you heard of or participated in anything that was focused on autism or autism awareness? I did a search and found a few but nothing at all in my region (northern California). I'm hoping there is something out there that I could either ride in or at least get a jersey from to wear on other rides to get the word out. My youngest son is mildly autistic and loves bikes-my goal is to eventually do family rides with him as a way to encourage his social skills and being active. He is a great inspiration to me and is a good example that autism has many faces.

Can anyone point me in the right direction? As I said I did a search but didn't come up with much (I'll keep looking) and I'm sure its going to come down to making some phone calls too-maybe organizers still have some leftover jerseys around that I could pick up and at least wear them whenever I am out riding.
Thorn2010-04-27 10:15:48 +0000 #2
Probably no jerseys (not big in this neck of the woods), but maybe left over T-shrits.


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Medianox2010-04-27 10:39:05 +0000 #3
Thanks Thorn! I'll look into them
greenbeanvw2010-04-27 10:51:18 +0000 #4
Hi there! My oldest son has Aspergers Syndrome and SPD. I just did a google search and found this jersey. It is pretty cute.
Medianox2010-04-27 11:35:25 +0000 #5

Thanks a ton! I like that one a lot (my bike is red an black-coincidence?-lol)!!

Though right now I don't have the $$$ for the jersey, I sure will get one in a week or two!

Thanks again!!!!
sfa2010-04-27 12:21:26 +0000 #6
My son is autistic and last year I participated in two events--one super-sprint triathlon to raise funds for Autism Speaks and the Ride On for Autism Research (ROAR) to support Kennedy Krieger. Both were held in my neck of the woods, but I'd be surprised if you didn't have something in your area.

The ROAR event has an option for people who can't be there, and if you sign up for it you get a great shirt--you can sleep in for autism research and get a SNORE shirt.


The ROAR event was a lot of fun--lots of families out on the road, some even doing the longer distances.

You might check out the group Train 4 Autism :

I've never heard of them before and am not sure how they work, but they have multiple chapters in California and might be able to get you hooked up with something in your area.




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