Pan-Mass Challenge- One Week to Go!

The Pan-Mass Challenge takes place in about one week- August 7-8, to be exact, and I am ready (I think)! By the time next Friday rolls, I will have amassed 1,000 training miles and my bike is (had better be) in game condition (update– I need a new shifter now, too! Awesome!).

Most importantly, fundraising has gone very well so far this year. Thanks to a number of you generous folks, we have raised nearly $4,400 in sponsorships for my ride alone, and every cent of that goes to help fight cancer.

No, we are not done yet. Another $1,900 gets us to the new goal of $6,300. Can we do it? That’s a lot in a week, but I am asking your help:

  • If you have not sponsored my ride yet, please consider doing so at 40 people giving $50 each will make the goal (ok, 80 people at $25 each- but any amount is welcome!)
  • Pass the link to friends: Use Twitter, Facebook, email, or your favorite message service or social network– a quick message to friends, if you feel comfortable doing so, will help tremendously. Again, the link:
  • Wish me luck! I will be posting here, as well as at Twitter ( and Facebook ( during the ride with updates, photos and goings-on. I will also be taking more ride videos, as I have done the last two years, to post here later.

Remember- 100% of the funds I raise goes directly to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. No administrative fees, no corporate salaries, nothing gets skimmed. The PMC is trying to raise a total of $31 million, and every donation helps.

Thank you!

Until the ride begins, one more training video. I used a Kodak PlaySport mounted on the handlebars this time (thanks for tip Steve Garfield), and thought it came out nicely.

Pan-Mass Challenge: 07-24-10 training ride from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Music Credits:

Broken Dove: “Move On”

Lightning Jeff: “Wicked Twisted Toad”

Pan-Mass Challenge Update: Speed Demons and Heavy Hitters

An overdue Pan-Mass Challenge update.

First off, thanks to many of you, I have met my minimum fundraising requirement ($4,200) for the ride in record time! With a full four weeks to go from last weekend, I think it’s worth sticking with and see if I can hit “Heavy Hitter” status; $6,300. There is time, and I think we can do it!

“Heavy Hitter” status has a little bit of prestige to it, but what it really means is an extra $2,000+ to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. 100% of the funds I raise with you goes straight through to the DFCI, which to me is one of the best parts of this whole venture.

So, let’s do it! If you have not sponsored my ride yet, please consider doing so at Thank you!

As for riding; we had been increasing our speeds on training rides lately, so we had a new challenge; average 19 mph for a short ride. We hadn’t come close before, but with a little push at the end, we (for this ride, my friend Ed and I) did it! some of the keys (aside from being in shape) were to draft each other (ride close behind in single file) to save energy, and then just give those little extra pushes along the way for a stronger ride. There are still four weeks to go  but I’m feeling close to ready.

This video captures a few highlights along the way (and a bonus “double rainbow” reference).

Pan-Mass Challenge- Speed Challenge from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Pan-Mass Challenge Update: 50-Miler, & Almost to Fundraising Goal!

Pn-Mass Challenge preparations are coming along nicely– first off, fundraising, has passed the $3,000 mark, thanks to many of you. I have only $1,200 left to meet my initial goal. You can help beat cancer by sponsoring my PMC ride at (and by telling your friends).

Training update: we finally stretched things to 50 miles! A bunch of us at various stages of training- one who does 100 mile rides year-round, another who was joining us for the first time, and the rest of us in-between- rode together for a 54.5 mile ride through several Massachusetts towns: Newton, Wellesley, Wayland, Natick, Framingham, Sudbury, Lincoln, Concord and Weston.

Some nice scenery and good paceline riding made for a great ride. Almost ready for the Big One August 7-8!

Pan-Mass Challenge Training: 50-Miler from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Again, you can help by sponsoring my ride at All money raised goes directly to the Dan Farber Cancer Institute.

Thank you!

Pan-Mass Challenge: First 40-Miler

What a weekend– I got out 3 of 4 days, ending with our first 40-mile ride of the training season, and I really feel like we’re snapping into shape as we train for the Pan-Mass Challenge.

Fundraising, as I mentioned in my last post, is going well, but we are still only 60% of the way to my personal $4,200 goal. If you would like to help beat cancer by sponsoring my ride, please go to:  Thank you!

The video from Memorial Day is a little different, as I tried out a music soundtrack while working out the other audio problems associated with my new Kodak Zi8 camera. It adds a different dimension, which I think I like. Further experimentation will follow.

Pan-Mass Challenge: First 40-miler from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

If you get the impression I started thinking 40 miles is a real accomplishment; the fellow I passed near the end of the video told me later he was 56 miles into a 70 mile trip, with a 6-mile run scheduled later. He’s a triathlete. I’m just some guy on a bike, having a great time.

Pan-Mass Challenge Update: Riding Strong, & 60% of Funds Raised

May has come to a close, and there are only two months left until the Pan-Mass Challenge. There has been lots of good news on both the training and fundraising fronts:

As of this writing, many of you have helped me reach 60% of my $4,200 minimum goal. Still, there is more than $1,600 left to go, but with your help I know we will keep up the pace and make the goal. To help beat cancer by sponsoring my ride, please go to

To those who have been supporting me so far, an those who will– a huge thank you!

As for training: this weekend, I managed consecutive 30-mile rides Friday and Saturday. I have been feeling stronger, and we (my training partners and I) have been going faster, and while there is work to do here as well, I feel we will be ready for the PMC on August 7.

(UPDATE: Managed our first 40-mile ride today, May 31. Still feeling great!)

Here is a little video from the second ride:

Pan-Mass Challenge: Training Ride and New Camera from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Technical note: on this ride, I was trying out my new Kodak Zi8 camera. It seems to have a little better image stabilization than my old Flip Camera (which conked out on me), but the microphone is not so great. The good news is I can try using an external mic, which I might do later. I was also using a new, sturdier handlebar mount. Please let me know what you think based on this brief video.

Social Media Top 5 (2): Teaming Up in Social Media For a Cause

I am breaking up my usual “Top 5″ post for a couple of reasons: first, the two (not five) topics I picked were enough material to stand on their own; second, I wanted to monkey with the format to see if the posts turn out better if they are a little more focused.

Those who know me (or at least read this blog) know not only that I ride my bike for charity every summer in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise money to fight cancer (please feel free to sponsor me at– thanks!), but that I experiment with social media to raise funds, using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube/Vimeo and other channels.

The people behind another anti-cancer movement, Ban Asbestos Now!, have also been enthusiastic about using social media to get their message out. It was their idea to team with me- I would try to draw attention to their petition to get asbestos banned (I thought it already was, that’s how little I knew), while they would donate cancer-fighting dollars to sponsor my ride.

While I had blogged about this as the campaign was going on, I wanted to take the opportunity to embed these videos the BAN folks made after the fact. While they have more signatures to go, I feel that even raising awareness is helpful in the long run– the same way I feel that people don;t have to donate money to be actual contributors to the cause.

Pan-Mass Challenge Update: A Big Wet One

With May here, I want to make sure I get some riding in any day I can, as I train for the Pan-Mass Challenge (to sponsor my ride against cancer, please go to

What’s bike training season without a good weather disaster? Ignoring the forecast this morning (Saturday May 8), I saw it was not raining and headed out, only to get soaked. As I say, you only get wet once- but of course, you stay wet…

Pan-Mass Challenge Training May 8 2010 from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a charity ride in which we raise money to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. 100% of the finds we raise passes through directly to the charity. Last year riders raised $30 million, and over 30 years that figure has totaled $270 million!

Please help me fight cancer by sponsoring my ride at, and help by spreading the word. I finished April having passed 50% of my fundraising goal, but there is still at least $1,900 left to raise.

Thank you- everyone- for your support!

Pan-Mass Challenge Update; 30-Miler, Fundraising & Telling Equipment Who’s Boss

As April rolls to a close, I am happy to say many of you have already helped me raise $1,790 for my Pan-Mass Challenge ride to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. That’s way ahead of last year’s pace, but at 42% (of the $4,200 minimum goal) we still have a way to go. Those of you who would like to help beat cancer by sponsoring at any amount, please go to– and thank you!

Also, a big thank you coming for the Ban Asbestos Now folks. In exchange for helping raise awareness of their petition to ban cancer-causing asbestos, they will be making a donation to sponsor me as well.

Despite travel and the usual April weather, I actually got four outdoor rides done this month. For the most recent ride with my training group, we went our normal early short ride, only to get to the halfway point and say, “That felt short. Let’s keep going.” We did, adding a short leg to bring our ride to just under 30 miles, a significant (almost milestone) as we get ready to start doing rides of 40 miles and longer in May.

Also, I fought through a balky front derailleur, which had been sticking. My fix? I kicked it until it shifted properly. That’s going to lead to some very bad habits and come back to bite me later I’m sure, but it worked.\I also fought a dying camera battery (I think the rechargeable battery in my Flip camera is coming to a premature end) to capture a little flavor of our first (almost) 30-mile ride of the season. I also wouldn’t mind making some of my shots a little less shaky, but I’ll figure something out.

Pan-Mass Challenge: First 30-mile Training Ride, April 25, 2010 from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

The PMC is a charity ride in which we raise money to benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. 100% of the finds we raise passes through directly to the charity. Last year riders raised $30 million, and over 30 years that figure has totaled $270 million!

Please help me fight cancer by sponsoring my ride at :, and help by spreading the word. April is almost done as I write this, and would love to go out on a high note.

Thank you!

Pan-Mass Challenge: First 2010 Training Ride

After a winter of spin classes and other workouts, my training group got together on Saturday, April 3 for an honest-to-goodness outdoor ride- our first of the year- in preparation for the Pan-Mass Challenge August 7-8.

We went a short but good 24 miles, starting out slow but increasing our average speed to 15 mile per hour before tackling a huge hill at the end– for good luck, or something. At the midpoint, we reached Dover Falls at the Dover/Needham (Massachusetts) line, and saw some of the effects of flooding by the Charles River from the recent 15 inches of rain we had.

The rides will get longer and faster very quickly, as the Pan-Mass challenge dates of August 7-8 loom closer every week. So does our fund-raising deadline. We are 40% of the way to our goal of $4,200. Several generous people have helped so far (including the Ban Asbestos Now folks, who are still conducting a drive for petition signatures, each of which means $1 to sponsor my ride).

To sponsor my PMC ride directly, please go to to donate. Any amount is welcome, and I appreciate the generosity of my friends, old and new, that keep us all pedaling closer to a cure for cancer

Pan-Mass Challenge 2010- 1st Training Ride of the Season from Doug Haslam on Vimeo.

Pan-Mass Challenge Update: So What’s New?

It has been a while since I posted here about my efforts as a participant in the Pan-Mass Challenge, an annual two-day ride to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. These pre-spring weeks can be tough, in that it is not yet warm enough or light enough for me to get outside on the bike for training, and we are still almost five months away from the event–it seems so far away! Yet there are some interesting bits going on:

  • Fundraising is on pace with last year, which always amazes me. A huge thank you to those who have sponsored already. We are at $845 out of our initial goal of $4,200, and it would be wonderful to reach $1,500 by the end of March. Can we do it? Can you please help? To sponsor me, please go to my PMC page at
  • I really like the look of this year’s logo. It’s great that the PMC goes for a different visual style each year

  • Training – I am not one of those hardy souls that bikes in the cold and dark of winter mornings; staying in cycling shape in New England takes a concerted effort. Last year, friends got me into spin classes, and that made a different. I have kept them up this winter, and feel ready to go. Of course, this being March, I am itching to get out on the road- soon.
  • Another aspect of training that made a big difference last year was riding regularly in a group. I rode more, and we pushed each other.  I’m looking forward to the start of the “5:37 Club” rides.

PMC 2009 - Doug Haslam's Ride