Members unite for charities close to their hearts and homes
and gregarious and stands out even more in his orange and gold WAC cycling gear. "OK, guys, let's do this," Joe says, clipping into his pedals. And in a stream of color, the cyclists begin their ride. Each week, fellow WAC members along with friends and co-workers join
Joe for a regular training ride. They're preparing for the Bike MS Ride later this month, a fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. "It's not about us," Joe explains. "It's about fighting MS." Eight years ago, Joe and Lisa Piper talked themselves into the event, a 150-mile two-day charity ride around the Skagit Valley, for the first time. Back then, they were long on enthusiasm but woefully short on experience and conditioning— especially with just two months to prepare.
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N A BALMY summer evening, a collection of colorful cyclists gathers outside a coffee shop near the shore of Lake Washington in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood. Ride leader Joe Piper stands among them. He's tall