DAVID SMITH

Hometown
Scottsdale, AZ
Bike
Specialized Roubaix
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About David Smith

I am really excited to have this opportunity to participate in a coast to coast bicycle ride that raises money to fight MS.  It is a great challenge and will benefit those who suffer from a very difficult disease.

About 25 years ago, I was going through a rough time in my life.  Although I was an active bicyclist, most of my riding had been urban - commuting to work and just getting around Baltimore.  Without a real plan, I started riding out of Baltimore and, each week, I was riding further and further until I was riding very long rides - something I have really never thought about doing.  It just happened.  I was pretty clueless, often going on 80 miles rides without a spare tube or a water bottle.  I've learned a lot since then!  

What I learned by accident about bicycling was how therapeutic it is for me.  Some people meditate. Some people do yoga.  I ride my bike.  So when I became more or less addicted to riding my bike, I learned that I could match my love of bicycling with raising money for various charities.  

Over the past 25 years, I participated in single day and multi-day rides to benefit diabetes, MS, HIV/AIDS, environmental organizations, and cancer.  This June, I will ride in the AIDS/LifeCycle which is a 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angles in addition to the Ride the US for MS.

I live in Phoenix, AZ which is a great place to be a cyclist.  Most of the Valley cities have a lot of bike lanes and our weather is great for riding a bike.  OK, riding a bike when it is 115 degrees isn't for everyone, but you get used to it.

I'm looking forward to seeing the USA on my bike.  This trip will also be a milestone in my life.  Currently, I have been to 47 states.  My last 3 remaining states are Louisana, Mississippi, and Alabama.  What a great way to finish my quest to visit every state.

I am dedicating this ride to my friend, Lynn, who lived with MS for many years.  She was a true friend to me who was there, 25 years ago when I was facing a lot of personal challenges and when I learned that I loved long distance bicycling.  

OK, so I was at the airport wearing my Ride the US for MS teeshirt when a woman walked up to me and said, "I like your shirt."  As we talked she shared that she'd been diagnosed with MS for about a year, was doing well, and very grateful for those who are doing the ride.  I told Kimberly that I would be thinking of her on the ride.  Talk about a big boost!!!

David Smith's Fundraising

SOUTHERN TIER 2018 TEAM TOTAL: $24635

ALL 2018 TEAMS TOTAL: $258763

PERSONAL GOAL: $3070
RAISED: $0