For the final blog post of 2017, we typically survey everyone's favorite memory of the year, and collage them together for a "best of GritCycle look back"; we think it's safe to say that our unanimous, most favorite and treasured memory of 2017, was the coming together for one of our own, Kelli, on December 23rd, to raise money for her growing medical bills resulting from a terrifying brain surgery and stroke recovery.
With less than two-weeks notice, with only two days before Christmas, our staff and clients showed up physically, mentally, and with their hearts wide-open to express how much our Kelli means to us.
Kelli's 90-minute ride had an instantaneous waitlist, and instructors and staff were generously donating their Saturday afternoon without a second thought.
It was a fantastic chance for the Monarch Beach crew and the Costa Mesa crew to shine together.
In addition to the ride, we raised money with an outstanding raffle where our winners took away generously donated gifts from TK Burger, Citizen Water Co, Lululemon, Style Society Boutique, Bear Flag Fish Co., Jans Health Bar, Wild Taco, 2145 and The Lost Bean - Tustin.
We still are selling the much-coveted "Kelli" tees and tanks----and again, all the money will go to Kelli's gofundme account.
A special "thank you" and mention must go out to Casey Line and her Husband, Patrick Field, for creating and managing Kelli's gofundme account. Dear friends of Kelli, Casey + Patrick immediately stepped in and saw to Kelli's pressing need for financial assistance with these astronomical medical bills.
When we asked those closest to Kelli what they remember most about this special day, it was a concordant agreement: although the day itself had several unforgettable moments, nothing could top Kelli gettin' back on the mic for "Drop THAT Kitty!!!":
As we wind down 2017 it's natural to reflect back on our year in the Saddle Room. Our memories run the gamut from sentimental, hilarious, to life-changing. We've laughed on our bikes, cried into our towels, and cheered each other on
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