Lauren Davenport: Rider Profile

Texas Mamma Jamma Ride provides an opportunity for women and families with breast cancer to receive much-needed support from our beneficiaries, thanks to the efforts of our own community. Seeing such a large group of people all riding for the same purpose proves our determination to helping those who are suffering from breast cancer. Team SailPoint had the most riders of any other team in 2018’s ride, and we had a chance to ask the team captain, Lauren Davenport, what her reason is for riding.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I work at SailPoint as a project manager and take advantage of anything that gets me outside, cycling being a primary activity! I also volunteer with several incredible organizations around town.

Why do you ride?

Cancer has affected so many around me. It can arise out of the blue and flip our world upside down. Providing support during such a challenging time is a gift that can impact lives. The support that surrounded my family through our various cancer trials played a huge role in our ability to continue to walk through that season. It is a joy to be part of this event that rallies the community together. 

How do you prepare for the ride?

I like to train with others! People make the difference; which is why the Mamma Jamma is one of the best rides! I start training in January for a Spring ride and carry that into the summer when Mamma Jamma training begins. I try to ride most weekends I am in town during cycle season. Post-ride, I usually always have one or two Nuuns!

 

What stands out to you personally about Texas Mamma Jamma Ride?

This group is phenomenal! This was more than a ride. Training together before the ride provides the opportunity to build relationships with all those participating, not just your own team. The Mamma Jamma team makes it fun! The excitement, support and organization they put into this entire event year-round is remarkable.

What is one thing you'd say to convince a friend or family member to join you in the ride?

They make it easy and fun! It’s the best training and ride event out there! Anyone can do it. I can’t say enough about the staff and other riders. This is what I think helped me surpass my goal for our Mamma Jamma SailPoint team! Everyone loved it! It gets people of all levels out riding for a cause we can all rally for.

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Jo McIntosh: Rider Profile

One of the things that makes the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride so incredibly special is our community of riders. Some are cancer survivors, some are loved ones and caregivers and all of them are dedicated to the mission. We sat down with rider and breast cancer kicker, Jo McIntosh, to ask her why she takes part in the Mamma Jamma Ride.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m fortunate to work at the same place before and after breast cancer diagnosis. I work at Concordia University Texas as full-time faculty in the Department of English.
My children are stellar people, and my husband is my best friend. Both my family and my university have given me unwavering support throughout my cancer journey.

Why do you ride?
Since my breast cancer diagnosis, surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation, I have long-term nerve damage from surgeries, as well as constantly battling joint pain and fatigue that I never dealt with as an active person prior to cancer. Capital of Texas Team Survivor and Texas Mamma Jamma Ride help me overcome debilitating pain, depression, and anxiety that can lead to isolation and inactivity. My physical pain post-surgeries and chemo is manageable because I have both community and activity through the ride and year-round support leading to the ride.

How do you prepare for the ride?
My training routine is to not ride for long periods of time and then get back into good habits as the training rides officially kick off each year! That’s just the truth! Maintaining a family, full-time academia, and all of the doctor appointments and physical therapy post-cancer makes time for exercise limited. That’s why I count on Mamma Jamma to keep me active each year.

Any rituals before or after the ride?
Before the ride, my husband and daughter and I make sure all of our gear is ready, and joke about taking on the Tour de France next! After the ride, we eat and drink all of the wonderful food at the venue in Martindale, listen to music, and chat with people.

What stands out to you personally about Texas Mamma Jamma Ride?
The BCRC (Breast Cancer Research Center) guided us through the first year, along with Wonders and Worries, and Capital of Texas Team Survivor. They helped move us back out into the world through support and training. Without these three ride beneficiaries, I'm not sure how my journey would have turned out.

What is one thing you'd say to convince a friend or family member to join you in the ride?
The people at the rides and the beneficiaries of this event saved the integrity of my family. Please, just register and support the ride. I will personally commit to show up and begin riding with you: one mile, two miles, then three and so on until we can make that first ride together.

2018 Ride Day Updates: Weather, Parking, and More!

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Get ready for the 10th Annual Texas Mamma Jamma Ride! Download the 2018 Rider's Guide for the Texas Mamma Jamma Ride. Learn everything you need to know for the ride.

Weather and Parking Update Please Read: Texas Mamma Jamma Ride is RAIN OR SHINE. As you know, the Texas weather can be unpredictable and we are closely monitoring the forecast. Please download the full weather and parking update for more information.

Packet Pick Up

Gear Check

Bib Info

Parking Info

Venue Map

Course Maps & Info

Safety and Weather Info

Beneficiaries and Sponsors

2018 Ride Day Schedule

6:00 am: Parking opens
6:15 am: On-site packet pick up opens
7:45 am: Rider staging begins


8:00 am: Ride Starts


10:30 am: Lunch service begins
4:00 pm: Lunch service ends
4:00 pm: Course Closes

Kristin McCollam: Rider Profile

My name Kristin McCollam and I’m a 9-year breast cancer survivor!  After 28 years in a large corporation, I was able to retire about 2 years ago.  This new phase of life has as allowed my partner and I to travel extensively as well as spend more time with our families.  It’s also allowed me to focus more on my health through exercise, reading, stress management and cooking.  
I ride & fundraise to give back to the organizations that were crucial to my being where I am today. 

The Breast Cancer Resource Centers (BCRC) newly diagnosed and Pink Ribbon Cowgirls groups both allowed me to meet (and commiserate with) others on a similar journey.  From there, I found out about the Sustainable Food Centers after cancer cooking class.  The class itself was a great and surprisingly I found myself with several of the folks that were in the same BCRC class.  

Backing up a bit, during one of the BCRC newly diagnosed sessions, Team Survivor (TS) presented on their program and its offerings to help survivors get active and suggested the possibility of doing a triathlon.  At the time, I thought a triathlon was crazy.  I didn’t do triathlons before I got sick, why would I do them now?  

About 6 months after my treatment, I decided to join TS.  What a great group!  So very encouraging and helpful.  TS taught me how to ride a bike again (it had been 25 years).  They also go me in the pool to dust off my swimming skills and what do you know… I did my first triathlon!  

Thanks to TS, I followed that initial triathlon with four more and am currently very active in cycling, swimming and in Camp Gladiator.

I ride to enable Mamma Jamma Ride (MJR) beneficiaries to continue to provide local services to those affected by breast cancer in Central Texas.  I view the MJR as a one-stop-shop to help me give back to all three + a few more.

Learn more about Kristin's journey on the Breast Cancer Resource Center blog here.

Be a BIG WIG!

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Be a Big Wig! Raise a $1,000 or more and be a 2018 Mamma Jamma Big Wig. Big Wigs get awesome perks like VIP parking and free massage on Ride Day, along with the exclusive 2018 Big Wig Jersey. Last year almost 20% of Mamma Jamma riders raised $1,000 or more. You can too!