Climate Ride 2014: Gearing Up

May 06, 2014

Climate Ride 2014: Gearing Up

Climate Riders throughout northern California are tuning up their bikes and squeezing in their last few weeks of training before the big event on May 17th. Enphase employee and hardware engineer David Staples is among them, clocking in with more than 800 miles of training.

The 2014 Climate Ride is a four-day cycling adventure that begins in San Francisco, heads north to Marin and through the spectacular Wine Country to finish at California’s Capitol in Sacramento. Each year, the Climate Ride provides an event for environmentally friendly people to come together to raise money and awareness for more ecological living.

David Staples’ Climate Challenge began in February, when he signed up for a ride that encompassed his daily values of healthy and sustainable living. With over 800 miles, countless burned calories and four new tubes of tires in the last month alone, David has spent the last several months preparing the best way he can—on the hilly roads of California’s Wine County.

“I’ve climbed nearly 12,000 feet during my training, hoping to acclimate myself for the course of the ride,” said David. “I’m lucky to have the Wine County as a backyard where I can train and mentally prepare.”

Enphase employees on the road

“My favorite routes to ride are through Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill, because not only do the open roads give me space to think, the views are beautiful.”

Sonoma County bike ride

During the ride, David will serve as the table facilitator in one of the nightly round-table sessions discussing solar technology. David and his fellow riders will address questions regarding the need for solar, barriers that often inhibit solar adoption, as well as solutions to those barriers.

“Though this discussion will be about solar technology, it is largely about promoting clean energy and the ways we as individuals can make a difference for a better planet,” said David. “Simply through my training I have reduced my own carbon footprint by riding my bike to and from work everyday. I haven’t even had to put gas in my car for over a month.”

But the Climate Ride isn’t all about the four-day journey; it’s about raising money for environmental nonprofits. Each rider is required to fundraise at least $2,800 in order to participate in the event.

David crossed fundraising finish line with $3,086, which supports the Climate Protection Campaign, Solar Living Institute and GRID Alternatives. But it's not too late to be a part of David's pledge for sustainable living.

To donate:

  1. Go to www.climateride.org
  2. Click on DONATE in top right corner
  3. Type David Staples and hit Search
  4. Click DONATE NOW next to David’s name

Stay tuned for more stories and pictures as we follow David’s journey each day of the ride.

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