*A trip for two to sunny Las Vegas, entry to 2007's Interbike and the chance to ogle all the new cycling goodies slated to hit the shelves in 2008*

*A 2008 Mission 3, Diamondback’s versatile all-mountain machine. Nimble, efficient and stable, the Mission 3 features Shimano’s new Deore XT components, including the Shadow rear derailleur and high power disc brakes.*

*15 minutes of fame in a Diamondback ad that will appear in Dirt Rag featuring the winner on their new Mission 3.*

*Swag from Dirt Rag, Diamondback, Fox Racing Shox, Rockshox, Shimano and WTB. *

To enter, simply go to diamondback.com and click on the “What’s Your Mission?” button to submit your all-mountain inspiring description and photo.

You will also find the fine print there, too, but here’s some to get you started: No purchase necessary to enter or win. One entry per person. Void where prohibited by law. Contest submissions will be accepted from May 1 through August 1, 2007. Entrant must both author their description and take the photo submitted

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Yolanda Sotelo - Tucson, AZ

What turns my crank? Riding in El Tour de Tucson with sudents who have never ridden a bike more than two miles. I am a teacher at a high school in Tucson. I, along with another teacher, are sposors of the Road Warriors. For the last 7-8 years we have been training students to ride from 35 to up to 109 miles in this annual ride. We have aquired donated bicycles from the local bike club, the neighborhood bike shop and unclaimed bicycles from the fire and police departments. Just about all the students who join the club ride a loaner club bike. Through tax-credit monies we have purchased clothing, equipment, made repairs on the not-so-new bikes and purchased jerseys so that the kids look like a team. We train on Sunday mornings for the 8 weeks before the ride. The sudents learn to ride in a group, learn to ride safely and learn to fix any repairs needed when they are on the road. To answer what turns my crank? It is not my personally riding in El Tour de Tucson. I have ridden it in about 12 times. It is riding in the race with students riding in it for the first time. I get excited watching them ride. I have to smile when they get excited the day before the race and can't stop talking about the ride. It is so endearing to hear that they have butterfilies in their stomaches, that they are nervous before the race. What a grand feeling when they have finished the race and they are jubilant that they finished, that they are part of an experience that they never would have participated in if Pueblo High School didn't have a bike club. They display such pride and joy when they wear their medals (everyone who rides in El Tour gets one) to school the following Monday. I enjoy riding my bike. I enjoy riding in El Tour de Tucson. But I especially love to ride with my students; they are the reason I ride every year. (In the attached picture, I am the last one on the right. The picture was taken at the beginning of the race.)