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2013 Avail Inspire

Introducing the New Avail Inspire

April 8, 2013

Before her battle with breast cancer, Barbara Greenlee of Bothell, WA would not have considered herself an athlete and she certainly would not have called herself a cyclist. But that all changed when, like many young women around the country faced with breast cancer, Barbara sought out a support community to help her push through trying times.

“Young Survival Coalition really helped me get through treatment,” Barbara says, as she recounts the eight rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments that would eventually save her life. “I received the diagnosis at age 40. My doctor said the cancer had likely been growing for about 10 years. YSC had the resources and connections to help me through each obstacle I faced along the way.”

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues young women confront in dealing with breast cancer – issues like higher mortality rates and fertility concerns. After chemo and radiation, Barbara suffered numerous challenges – among them, a total of eight surgeries, not including her final reconstructive procedure last fall.

As she was recovering, she knew she had to give back to YSC. After her life-changing experience, Barbara completed several fundraising walks. Then in 2012, she decided to up the ante and return even more to the organization and the women who helped her when she needed them most. She decided to ride the 2012 Tour de Pink West Coast, a 200-mile, three-day bicycle journey to fundraise for YSC held last October.

Each year, Liv/giant donates several bikes to breast cancer survivors who ride their first Tour de Pink event. Barbara was lucky enough to receive a 2012 Avail Inspire, the limited-edition Avail road bike with graphics designed by fellow breast cancer survivor Emily Gresh. Emily won the first design contest held by YSC and Liv/giant in late 2011 to create the unique bike. She themed her bicycle “Inspire,” and her story and her bike touched the lives of riders around the country. When YSC and Liv/giant held a second contest this past fall encouraging breast cancer survivors to design a new bike for 2013, the decision was made to keep the “Avail Inspire” name. More women, including Barbara, submitted their stories and bike graphics for consideration.

“When we saw Barbara’s design, we were immediately drawn to it,” says Elysa Walk, Giant USA’s General Manager. “She imagined the beauty of cherry blossoms on a white bicycle canvas. It was such a great expression of life and inspiration.”

“The inspiration for my design came from riding in the Tour de Pink, my YSC sisters, and also where I was at in my breast cancer journey,” explains Barbara. “Riding the Tour de Pink was something that I never would have attempted before cancer. I felt like I had something to prove. YSC helped me do just that. The Japanese cherry blossom is a daily reminder that life is short and sweet, to exist in the present moment, and to celebrate the gift of life. Each day that I’m alive is a blessing that I’m grateful for.”

Not one for backing down, Barbara has already signed up to ride BOTH the 2013 Tour de Pink East Coast and West Coast rides this fall. “When I designed the bike, I wanted it to be fun, beautiful and meaningful—just like my YSC sisters,” says Barbara. “Now, I want to ride for all of them, especially those who can't. Fighting cancer has shown me that I'm a strong person, and I want to keep challenging myself to do more. If I can do it, anyone can!”

2013 YSC Tour de Pink Rides

Join Barbara at the 2013 Tour de Pink East Coast ride, which rolls from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., September 27-29. Or ride with her in the 2013 Tour de Pink West Coast ride, which rolls from Thousand Oaks, CA through southern California, October 18-20. To participate in a Tour de Pink ride, and to learn more about Young Survival Coalition, visit Youngsurvival.org.

Liv/giant Avail Inspire

10% of the retail price of each Liv/giant Avail Inspire sold, as well as 10% of the retail price of Liv/giant Inspire jerseys, socks, and water bottles are being donated to the YSC.

LIV/giant Avail Inspire Retailers
The following Liv/giant retailers are carrying the 2013 Avail Inspire and Inspire-themed gear:

Bay Area Bikes- Oakland, CA
Ben's Bikes LLC-
Tucson, AZ
Ben's Bikes Sequim LLC-
Sequim, WA
Berkshire Bike And Board-
Great Barrington, MA
Berkshire Bike and Board-
Pittsfield, MA
Bicycle Brustop LLC-
Novato, CA
Bicycle Center Everett-
Everett, WA
Bicycles Etc.-
Lake Forest, CA
Bicycle Garage Indy - WHS Indianapolis, IN
Bicycles of Scottsdale- Scottsdale, AZ
Bicycle World- Lake Worth, FL
Bicycles of Tulsa, Tulsa OK
Bike Habitat- CarsonCity, NV
Bike Pros USA, Inc.-
Sacramento, CA
Bike World- Des Moines, IA
Bluffton Bicycle Shop- Bluffton, SC
Buck's Bicycle Shop-
Valparaiso, IN
Cal Coast Bicycles-
San Diego, CA
Center Cycle, Inc.
Renton, WA
Century Cycles-
Rocky River, OH
Colon Bicycle Bayamon, PR
Crazy Cat Cyclery- El Paso, TX
Cyclist Connection, Inc., Winchester OH
Derby Bicycle Center-
Denver, CO
DG Cycle Sports -
Londonderry- Londonderry, NH
East Providence Cycle-
East Providence, RI
Eau Claire Bike & Sport-
Eau Claire, WI
Eden Bicycles-
Castro Valley, CA
Efinger Sporting Goods- Bound Brook, NJ
Empire Bikes -
Chino Hills, CA
Epic Biking-
Saratoga Springs, UT
Epic Cycle and Fitness
- Mchenry, IL
Fishers Cyclery-
Salt Lake City, UT
Full Cycle-
Boulder, CO
Fullerton Bicycles-
Fullerton, CA
Giant Cycling World Boston-
Boston, MA
Giant Cycling World Denver- Lit
tleton, CO
Gorham Bike & Ski - Portland, ME
Green Bay Cycles, LLC-
Winnetka, IL
Grey Ghost Bicycles - Glens Falls, NY
Harley's Cycle Supply Inc -
Hutchinson, KS
High Sierra Cyclery -
Reno, NV
Idaho Mountain Touring- Boise, ID
Jenson USA, Riverside CA
Jones Bicycles
, Long Beach CA
Mccully Bicycle & Sporting Goo- Honolulu, HI
Montgomery Cyclery Warehouse- West Chester, OH
Mountain Road Cycles- Chagrin Falls, OH
North Star Cyclery- Burlington, VT
Oakdale Bicycle Shop, Inc- Oakdale, CA
Old Town Bike Shop-
Colorado Springs, CO
Outspokin Bicycles- Tampa, FL
Outspokin Family Bicycles-
Clearwater, FL
Paramount Bicycles, Anchorage AK
Pedal Power Bike Shop- Lexin
gton, KY
Ray's Bike Shop
- Midland, MI
Ride Cyclery Encinitas- Encinitas, CA
Riverfront Cycles - Lansing, MI
rob and charlie's
- Santa Fe, NM
roll: at Polaris-
Columbus, OH
roll: on Clybourn-
Chicago, IL
roll: on Lane Avenue-
Columbus, OH
roll: on Main Street-
Columbus, OH
Roseville Cyclery - Roseville, CA
Roswell Bicycles- Roswell, GA
Ryder Bikes-West Bradenton, FL
S & W Sports-
Concord, NH
St. Pete Bicycle & Fitness - Saint Petersburg, FL
Ski Country Sports- Asheville, NC
Stan's Bike Shop -
Monrovia, CA
The Bike Shop of Bel Air, Bel Air, MD
The Bike Stop Wic
hita Falls, TX
The Corner Bike Shop- Yu
ba City, CA
The Cyclery and Fitness Center-
Edwardsville, IL
The Freewheel-San Francisco, CA
The Off Ramp- Mountain View, CA
The Path Bike Shop, Inc.-
Tustin CA
TrySports #5- Pineville, NC
Valley Bike & Ski Shops - Apple Valley, MN
Westwood Cycle - Westwood, NJ
Winter Park Cycles- Orlando, FL