Mission of putting Bodies On Bikes (Bob)
To know my father is to understand that he was a very charasmatic, energetic, entertaining, caring, loving, and courageous man. He was dedicated to his family, his friends, and his fellow man. My father would lend a hand everywhere he could because he felt it was the right thing to do. His legacy continues. Sadly his quest to help others ended in 2005 but his memory lives on.
To know my father is to know that he would smile, dance, sing, and embarass everyone he was around. It was his way to let you know that he enjoyed your company and wanted you to always feel a smile in your heart and on your face.
To know my father is to know that he gave 110% in everything that he did and felt that everone should strive to do the same. He was a man of his word and was strong in his convictions. To be on time meant you were late. And quitting was never an option!
My father was a proud man. Proud of his family, his friends, and his life.
My father was a cyclist. Not a great cyclist, but don't mistake he was a cyclist. He was going to finish every event he saddled up for whether it was training or a competitive ride. He was never going to win or even be in the middle pack. He was a cyclist!
He rode because he could. He rode to raise awareness for those who couldn't. He rode because he enjoyed the challenge, the comradery, the adrenaline of a good down hill, and the victory of finishing what he set out to accomplish.
My father is my inspiration. He took on the challenge of El Tour de Tucson twice but sadly was unable to finish due to time constraints 1 year and an accident the second. We lost my father in 2005 just before we were to start the training that year. Every year since we have finished the ride in his honor. Because it is how we keep him close.
The Griffiths family has started a charity in his honor to celebrate his legacy and continue his pursuit to ride and help others. Uphill Into The Wind is dedicated to putting Bodies On Bikes (Bob) and helping participants to continue to train for cycling and triathalon events for charitable organizations.
This year we have been selected to be a silver beneficiary for El Tour de Tucson and raise funds for our charity. We are very honored because this event imparticular touches close to home. It is the 1 event that my father tried to finish but was unable to on 2 occassions.
On November 17th 2012 the Griffiths family will be conquering the 111 mile event around the perimeter of Tucson. We will once again finish what my father started.
We are asking for your help. With your donation for this event, UITW will be able to continue my fathers legacy of helping others. Your donations go directly towards our fleet of bikes for purchase and maintenance for participants.
My father was a proud yet humble man. He enjoyed the spotlight but LOVED to share it. Please help us share his light for this years El Tour de Tucson!