I am dedicating this years ride to Joe Yoakum. I have known Joe my entire life. He gave me my nickname. But, he gave me so much more than that. He was a cherished person in the village that was so influential in creating and developing the person I am today.
Joe passed away July 29th. I had the gift of a final visit the Saturday before and was able to tell him I am riding my 11th Pelotonia in honor of him.
I have dedicated rides now to Joe and his wife Ree and my Mom. I have lost many other friends and family to cancer over the years. This is why I ride. One Goal.
Joe, Gods Speed. This ones for you.