NEWS! Pictures from Day 1 posted! Click on the "Adventure Photos" tab.
Ride Ataxia III will start in Portland, OR on March 16, and finish on March 19th, 2009. The Ride will travel 200
miles in 4 days to the NAF Annual Membership Meeting in Seattle, WA. The ride will be
fully supported with freshly stocked rest stops every 25 miles and Sag vehicles roving
the course for safety. The team will have meals together in the morning and the evening
and will stay in low cost motels to keep expenses low. Participants will be responsible
for securing their own lodging the night before the ride begins and at the end of the
event. The three nights lodging during the ride are included in your application fee. The
fundraising goal for Ride Ataxia III is $100,000.
To pledge your support, go here.
About the Tracking...this year's Ride Ataxia will be viewable by friends, family and other supporters through TrackMe360's
Adventure Zone. The way it works is one of the fast riders will have
the GPS Tracker called "Leading group", and one of the riders going at
a more leisurely pace will have the tracker called "Trailing group".
So the riders are spread out between the two dots. The trackers (SPOT)
use satellite communications to update this website, so they do not
rely on cell phone coverage. Every 10 minutes they wake up, grab the
GPS coordinates, and send them to this web site. If riders pass
underneath heavy tree canopy at time of transmission, a tracking point
may be missed. Typically, the majority of the transmissions succeed,
giving us a pretty good picture of how they are progressing. Enjoy!