JettRide Day 2: 5-mile Shakedown & JOA Picnic in the Park

Day 2 of the 2019 JettRide is in the books!

Riders started the day off with a 5-mile shakedown ride. A shakedown, in cycling parlance, is a test run of your bike in a specific configuration to make sure everything works as it should. It is meant to bring any hidden weaknesses or problems to the surface quickly, so that they don't surprise you in the middle of long, important cycling trip later.

During the shakedown, JettRiders dipped their back tires in Lake Erie before taking off. Why? It is bicycling tradition to dip your back tire in a body of water at the start of the journey, and at the end of the trip, dip the front tire in a body of water. JettRiders will dip their front tire in the ocean at Point Pleasant Beach, NJ in a couple weeks at the finish line!

After their test run, the teens enjoyed some time at Cedar Point Amusement Park for some down time and bonding before their 60-mile first full day of riding the next day.

Later in the day, JettRiders stopped by John Owen’s Adventures (JOA), Inc.’s Picnic in the Park. JOA, run by the Dumm family (whose son is impacted by Duchenne), host the event each year to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. JettRider Luke Hains had the honor of speaking to their event-goers, sharing his personal JettRide story and why he rides: for his brother Tanner who has Duchenne.

Check out Luke’s speech here. You can support the team and their mission to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Jett Foundation at jettfoundation.org/jettride.

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