"Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Hebrews 12:1b



The Spiritual Spinners is a community cycling group and a ministry of Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church.


We participate in several local and regional charity events, including Tour de Cure in May and Bike MS in New Bern in September. We also host an annual charity ride in Fuquay-Varina called the Ride for Life which benefits several local charities.




Our mission is riding for others! We'd love to have you join us!




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Ian Farrell
Facebook IconFebruary 23, 2017 at 3:46 pm

Ian Farrell shared a link to the group: The Spiritual Spinners.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING TOUR DE CURE FROM JIM STRAIGHT

The Tour de Cure - Canceled.

Dear Triangle Tour de Cure members,

I know I have spoken with some of you by phone, as well as with some of our top teams and champions. It was my intention to speak with as many of you as possible before resorting to email, but I realize word has gotten out and people have questions. So if I have not spoken to you in person, I apologize that you are hearing about this via email, but I am still willing to talk with you. Just let me know and we can set up a time.

It is with a lot of sadness that I have to announce the cancellation of the 2017 Triangle Tour de Cure.

The ADA recently took steps to ensure our ability to better deliver on our mission, and to successfully institute our new Strategic Plan and accompanying operating model. Our new operating model will help us move from an event-centric focus to one that invests in the programs, products and services that provide the greatest benefit to the people we serve. This includes not only continuing to fund programs like our camp, Camp Carolina Trails, and research programs, but also investing more resources to drive these initiatives and exploring new ways we can serve our community directly.

We’re now focused on moving forward with those programs, products and services in the Triangle within three priority areas for the Association:
Drive Discovery: Through research, partnerships and innovation on a global scale, we will drive discoveries to prevent, manage and ultimately cure diabetes.
Raise Voice: We will intensify the urgency around the diabetes epidemic, and mobilize bold action through advocacy and engagement.
Support People: We will provide new, effective resources for individuals and populations living with diabetes and for the health care professionals serving them, and deliver those resources when, where and how they’re needed.

To this end, the recent change did impact some of our employees, our offices and regions. With this change in structure, the Raleigh office had a reduction in workforce (we did lose Ashley unfortunately and all of our open fundraising positions), and we will also be closing the physical office by 3/31. But rest assured we will still be holding our summer camp, alert day, healthy kids, advocacy initiatives and other programs in the area. We are not leaving Raleigh, just changing our focus to better serve people affected by the disease.

Unfortunately this new focus on programs does mean that we will no longer be able to hold special events in the Triangle, including the 2017 Tour de Cure.

Special events will continue to be an important part of our fundraising efforts going forward; however, we will be holding our 2017 North Carolina Tour de Cure in Charlotte. It will take place on September 16th and feature cycling, walking and 5K run options for participants. It will not be the 2 day party you all are used to, but there will be celebrations, red riders (and striders) and of course beer.

It is our hope to keep as many people riding in the Tour in Charlotte as we can, but I know some people are interested in our Columbia Tour on May 20th as well as potentially having a one-off event here in town. Please let me know how I can help you all figure out what works best for you.

I know this is terrible news. You all have put so much work and passion in to the tour over the years and I hate that this happened, but I do want you to know that the goal is to do more of what you have been working for all this time… to provide more programs in the community, to give camps to more children living with this disease (we are working to open a second camp in the Greenville, SC area), to fund more research (in fact the new strategic goal is to triple research funding by the year 2020), etc.

Thank you each and every one of you for all of the hard work and service you have put in to tour and the mission of the ADA. It has been my pleasure working with you all on this event over the last 6.5 years.

Again, we are not leaving the Triangle, just shifting our focus. Please let me know what questions you have.

Thanks again,
Jim


Jim Straight| Area Executive Director, Carolinas
(o) 919.743.5400 ext 3252 | (c) 919.308.5105 | (f) 919.783.7838| 2418 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 206 Raleigh, NC 27607
For more information on the ADA please visit

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American Diabetes Association

http://www.diabetes.org

The American Diabetes Association is leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fighting for those affected by diabetes.

Jim Casper
Facebook IconFebruary 23, 2017 at 6:35 am

Jim Casper created an event for The Spiritual Spinners.

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TSS Road FVUMC - Sunday Afternoon Rides - All Groups 2pm

TSS Road FVUMC - Sunday Afternoon Rides - All Groups 2pm

Our Sunday Afternoon Winter Ride Series of the 2017 Cycling Season continues.

There are up to seven hosted rides (depends on mix of riders) - an in town circuit and six out of town rides. The groups are:

Group T: In town at a pace all can achieve.

Out of town:

Group E: At a pace all can achieve.
Group D: 12-14 mph
Group C: 14-16 mph
Group B: 16-18 mph
Group A: 18-20 mph
Group Z: 20+ mph

Each group starts and finishes together - we adhere to a no-drop policy to assure riders stay together throughout the ride.

Winter ride guidelines: We will ride if it is not raining and 40 degrees or warmer at the start of the ride.

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before departure to give yourself time to get situated for the ride.

Child care during the ride is available to all cyclist's children - church membership not required. Please sign up ahead of time at http://fvumc.org/quicklinks/childcare-request-form/

Ride Rules are at http://www.spiritualspinners.org/ride-rules

We request all riders sign a new waiver for 2017. The waiver is available at http://bit.ly/2j7RRIS (print the PDF, sign/date it, and bring with you) or pick one up at the ride on Sunday.

Maps for the ride will be posted on the event and cue sheets will be available at the ride - the routes will be of appropriate length for about two hours of riding.

See you there - FVUMC Spiritual Spinners

Jim Casper Same new routes as last week with adjustments for the return to church based on feedback from the riders in Groups D to Z. Maps below. Cue sheets at the ride.

Group T - In town at a pace all riders can achieve
FVUMC Map 110
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/520330528

Group E - Out of town at a pace all riders can achieve
FVUMC Map 128 - 15.04 mi
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/816228791

Group D - 12-14 mph average
FVUMC Map 127 - 20.88mi
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/816226289

Group C: 14-16 mph
FVUMC Map 143 - 25.44
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448024215

Group B: 16-18 mph average
FVUMC Map 144 - 30.40
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448038999

Group A: 18-20 mph average
FVUMC Map 145 - 36.09
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448046757

Group Z: 20+ mph average
FVUMC Map 145 - 36.09
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1448046757

Much thanks to David Biesack who is leading the hosting duties this week.

Grace & Peace - Jim

February 23, 2017 at 6:51 am

Danielle Castelli Strader
Facebook IconFebruary 22, 2017 at 2:52 pm

Danielle Castelli Strader shared a Page to the group: The Spiritual Spinners.

Take a moment, send a note of encouragement to a fellow cyclist. Josie is recovering from a recent cycling accident that left her with a brain injury. Comment here, on the page, or send an email. It will be made into a card and delivered to her directly. Let's lift her up!

Jim Casper Sara Voorhees Kempin Please spread the word if you don't mind!

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Postcards For Josie

Josie was recently involved in a serious biking accident, leaving her with a brain injury. She is currently in a coma. Both her and Bill Measures need the support of this great community. Posts, messages, and emails will be transcribed to tangible postcards and delivered. Let's surround them with our love, thoughts, and support!

They have a long road ahead, so send some love!

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Natalie Lew
February 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

Here is a good excuse to make a trip to the beach in mid-March...please consider volunteering at the first race ever for the middle and high school mountain bike leage. I posted the links to the TORC meetup...so here is a link to what I posted there.

https://www.meetup.com/torc-nc/events/237902029/

Jim Casper
Facebook IconFebruary 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Jim Casper created an event for The Spiritual Spinners.

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TSS Road - JMP Saturday Long Rides - 1:00 pm

TSS Road - JMP Saturday Long Rides - 1:00 pm

Our Saturday Afternoon Winter Longer Ride Series of the 2017 Cycling Season.

The Saturday rides are "show and go" rides. There is no SAG, child care, or drinks provided. The pace and number of groups are determined by the riders who show up to go. Kind of a scheduled pick-up ride if you will.

Winter ride guidelines: We will ride if it is not raining and is 40 degrees or warmer at the start of the ride.

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes before departure to give yourself time to get situated for the ride.

Ride Rules are at http://www.spiritualspinners.org/ride-rules

We request all riders sign a new waiver for 2017. The waiver is available at http://bit.ly/2j7RRIS (print the PDF, sign/date it, and bring with you) or sign on at the ride on Sunday.

Maps for the ride will be posted on the event and cue sheets will be available at the ride - the routes will be of appropriate length for about three hours of riding.

See you there - FVUMC Spiritual Spinners

Weekly Rides!

The 2017 Road and MTB Winter Ride Series are underway!

Road Cycling

Saturday 1:00-4:00PM from
Jack Marley Park in Angier

Sunday 2:00-4:00PM from
Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church

Check Meetup for our schedule.



Mountain Biking

Excursion Saturdays:

Every second Saturday = extended MTB ride

Where: Rotating Venues

Check Meetup for our schedule.



For more details about specific rides, including cue sheets and special events, visit our Facebook Events Page