You could say the seeds of the Paydirt were first sown in 2013, when my dad had a bike-car collision. He is still alive but suffers from a Traumatic Brain Injury and it has put our family through the wringer. Those seeds germinated in 2015, in what has been a well documented crash where I shattered my own leg and kneecap at the Tour of the Basque Country. I remember my surgeon telling me that depending on how the bone healed, I may walk again, or they may need to amputate my leg. I poured my heart and sole iinto my rehab to salvage my career. These events certainly fall under the category of “life-changing”. They’ve molded who I am today and I believe I’m a better person because of it. In instances like these two, you really, and I mean really, learn to appreciate the small things and the community that supports you.
After getting my career back on track I wanted to find a way to give back to the cycling community and also support those who have suffered a life-altering injury through sport. I co-created Stetina’s Sierra Prospect (which has evolved into the Paydirt) to celebrate our 2-wheeled community and also support the High Fives Foundation.
High Fives is an inspirational group of people based locally who support athletes just like you and me, who have had an unfortunate accident and come out a bit worse for wear. This weekend exists thanks to them and it’s about coming together and supporting our tribe. Riding bikes, I’m sure you’ve had a few close calls and can easily visualize yourself in their shoes. Please consider getting to know what they’re about, visiting the silent auction at the expo or making a donation during registration.