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Barrelling Through Beryl, Team Little Guy Cycles on!

May 31, 2012

Team Little Guy’s John Radebaugh was positively giddy at the end of a wet and windy day of riding Wednesday. Above is a short video clip of John playing firefighter on a vintage truck at the fire station in Elizabethtown.

The fun and games were earned by the end of the day. The remnants of Tropical Storm Beryl swept into SE NC late Tuesday evening and made for a soggy and somewhat breezy ride on Wednesday as the team left Wilmington. The team plodded north, reaching Elizabethtown later in the afternoon.

The team is stopping off in Dunn Thursday evening after the longest leg of the NC tour (83 miles). After a night of rest, the team will get a hearty breakfast and a warm send-off from the staff of State Employees’ CU (Tilghman Drive branch).

Friday, the team heads to Raleigh … then rides into Durham for the Co-op-A-Fair event at Diamond View Park from 11 am to 3 pm. The team would very much appreciate seeing you at this event! (They tentatively should be riding in late in the morning or around Noon.)

The ride has given the team an opportunity to meet with some terrific folks along the way, and more good times are still to come! The ride has also called attention to the Rooftop Garden project that credit unions in North & South Carolina are funding through the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation. Your support of this wonderful project is encouraged!

Team Little Guy Rides Again!

May 2, 2012

Click the above image for more information and to view the sponsor form

After a long hiatus, Team Little Guy is prepping to clip in and ride once again! The team will be winding their way through eastern NC from May 29 – June 3 in order to raise funds for the Levine Children’s Hospital Rooftop Garden Renovation project!

In addition to the Levine project, credit unions in North and South Carolina are partnering together to renovate the lobby of the Children’s Hospital in Greenville, SC. Your gifts to help support these two organizations will bring hope and inspiration to patients and families in the years to come.

The ride starts in the Brunswick County town of Shallotte and winds its way north and gradually west to the Virginia border town of Clarksville. That’s 366 miles in six days!

The NC portion of the ride is part of the larder 2012 Community Tour, which extends from Miami, Florida to Portland, Maine from mid May to early July. During the NC stretch of the ride, the team will participate in the Co-op-A-Fair in Durham on June 2.

Right now, the team needs credit unions to step up and commit corporate donations to the ride. In addition, we encourage credit unions to raise funds in branches through the summer. To help, the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is coordinating a Children’s Miracle Network paper balloon sale.

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact John McGrail ( at the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation! You may also view the sponsor form for more details.

In the meantime, we’ll have much more coming soon about this exciting event!

Weather Looks Nice for the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour

March 15, 2010

Early peek at the forecast for Saturday looks great – sunny skies, with temperatures warming from the 40s at the start of the ride to the upper 60s during the afternoon. That’s great news for the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour!

There’s still time to register for the ride, and most certainly still time to donate!

See you in Lewisville on Saturday! 


Routes Announced for Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour!

February 2, 2010

Plans continue to come together beautifully for the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour on March 20th in Lewisville! The bike event, co-sponsored by the Northwest Chapter and Mock Orange Bikes,  will feature three separate routes …

A short loop of 23.6 miles

A medium loop of 34.6 miles

A long loop of 68 miles

For complete ride details and registration information, please check out this earlier post.




The heroes who have given so much for freedom are counting on you!


Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour Details Set!

January 19, 2010

Team Little Guy is pleased to announce that the Northwest Chapter of the North Carolina Credit Union League & Mock Orange Bikes are finalizing plans for the first annual Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour!  Here are the basics …

Date:                        Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time:                       8:30 am until 2:30 pm
Start/finish:          The Pavilion at Lewisville Town Square
Registration fee: $50

To register online, please click here. (Note: online registration through includes an additional processing fee that is charged to you.) To avoid this fee, you may send your printed application along with a check made out to the Northwest Chapter to:

Misty Fisher
c/o Lion’s Share FCU
850 Harrison Road
Salisbury, NC 28147

The ride includes three route options – 24, 35 or 68 miles. The ride includes snacks and drinks along the way as well as a post-ride meal! There will also be door prizes and a lot of other goodies for you as well!

Right now, we need riders to support this very worthy cause, and some caring volunteers to make sure the riders are taken care of from start to finish. If you would like to volunteer or have any questions, please contact John Spivey at

Also, please contact John if you or your credit union can assist with door prize donations or anything else from the above list of needs.

Team Little Guy will be providing more information as  details emerge – in the meantime, we hope you’ll consider signing up (and recruiting friends) to rise in this very special inaugural event!


Hope for the Warriors Provides Support Lifeline to Soldiers & Their Families

September 30, 2009

With the Tour to Tanglewood just wrapped up this past weekend, it’s time for Team Little Guy to turn its attention to the organization that we’ll be asking you to support over the next several months. Hope for the Warriors is a three-year-old organization that is working wonders in the lives of injured troops and their families.

As you might guess, the need for Hope for the Warriors springs from the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan & Iraq. As you know, many soldiers have suffered serious injuries in these war zones, including losing limbs and suffering traumatic brain injuries.  These wounds are of course life-altering events that challenge soldiers and their families.

While the military provides excellent medical care and rehabilitation services, the support services tend to ebb once the rehab process ends and the soldiers are sent home. This is where Hope for the Warriors comes into play.

Hope for the Warriors was co-founded in 2006 by Robin Kelleher and Shannon Maxwell after Shannon’s husband, LTC Tim Maxwell ,was injured in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq and left with a traumatic brain injury. From these roots sprang a vibrant grassroots organization that is meeting the physical and emotional  needs of soldiers and their families.

Perhaps most importantly, Hope for the Warriors is helping soldiers find renewed purpose.

As Marine FCU President/CEO Craig Chamberlin said to me recently, “These men are truly America’s heroes.” Marine has been involved with Hope for the Warriors from the very beginning, and is the very first sponsor of the Team Little Guy fundraising efforts we’re undertaking in the next several months.

The $100,000 Team Little Guy hopes to raise will help to furnish the Warriors Hope & Care Center, which is scheduled to open at Camp LeJeune in 2011. Included in this facility is a planned memorial statue, which credit union funds will also help construct.

The team recognizes that times are tough, but it is our hope that by working together cooperatively these next nine months, credit unions, as well as credit union staff & members across NC can work together to not only meet — but surpass — this ambitious fundraising goal.

More important than hitting a number, however, is the impact our combined contributions will have on these heroes and their families.

You’ll be finding out more information about how you & your credit union can support Hope for the Warriors and this effort very soon. In the meantime, we encourage you to watch the above video about Hope for the Warriors,  download the sponsor form and consider making an individual or corporate donation.


A Few Short Videos from the Tour to Tanglewood

September 27, 2009

The rains came, but Team Little Guy prevailed! The Tour to Tanglewood is now in the books, and the riders all  made a fine showing in this year’s event.

As promised, the rains came through most of the ride on day one. By evening, it was coming down in buckets. TLG stuck to their plan and nestled in for the night in our three tents in the camping area. Our tents did take on a bit of water, but overall we did just great overnight.

Mother Nature did give us an equalizer on Sunday, with just about perfect riding weather and a return to sun by mid-morning.

Major, major kudos go to the volunteers who made the ride as comfortable as possible over the weekend. In any given year, thousands of riders participate in this event. The Tour is a well-run event, and the volunteers are all wonderful, wonderful people. Thank you all so much for making our ride go smoothly.

Three short videos from day one of the ride are provided. For now we rest, relax and dry out.


On the Eve of the Tour to Tanglewood (or Is It the Tour to Rainywood?)

September 26, 2009

The bags are packed, the trucks loaded and the supplements ready to go! The Tour to Tanglewood starts tomorrow morning on the west side of Greensboro, and will wind its way to western Forsyth County’s Tanglewood Park. Team Little Guy will be fielding eight riders:  John Radebaugh, Eric Gelly, Bubba Gelly, Ed Agnoli, Joshua Chavez, John Radebaugh Jr., Jeff Hardin, and a newcomer to the TLG rider fold — Renee Mier.

Renee has been very helpful to the team the past couple of years. She’s the person who has pushed out updates on the blog when the team is running or biking up in the mountains. Now she’s taking a crack at riding in the tour, and will do 90 miles over the two days.

The weather for Renee’s kickoff ride is not looking good. There’s a 90% chance of rain and perhaps thundershowers tomorrow and tomorrow night, with temperatures only in the 60s tomorrow. But the team is tough and plans to ride both days.

With rain in the forecast and video cameras at the ready, comedic gold may very well ensue this weekend. The best way to keep updated on the team’s progress is to monitor the Team Little Guy Twitter account, as well as some of the team riders who are on Twitter (Twitter IDs are listed here.)

We might be miserable, but there’s no reason you can’t have a laugh or two at our expense anyway.:-)

The team is happy to announce it has made a $2,500 contribution to the Central NC Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the sponsor agency of the Tour to Tanglewood. Good luck to the thousands of riders this weekend who are setting aside time and braving the rain to ride for such a wonderful cause.

After this weekend, the team will have more information about Hope for the Warriors and how you can support the wonderful work this organization is doing on behalf of injured troops and their families.

In the meantime, Ride Hard Team Little Guy!


As Team Little Guy Prepares to Ride, Tom Heyden Ships to Iraq

September 24, 2009

Over the next 10 months, the members of Team Little Guy will be on a biking, running and fundraising journey as we raise $100,000 for Hope for the Warriors. The kickoff ride comes this weekend, as the team participates in the MS Tour to Tanglewood.

While the team kicks off its journey, one of the original team members embarks upon a much longer trip – both in terms of distance traveled and time spent away from home. Tom Heyden, who in addition to working for CUNA Mutual Group serves in the US Army Reserve, deploys to Iraq this weekend for a 400-day rotation.

LTC Heyden will be working with the Iraqi Army through November 2010. It’s the second long deployment, and the first to the Middle East, since the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq broke out in the wake of 9/11.

TLG_Bracelets_compThe entire team wishes Heyden & the Heyden family the best in the next year. As a show of solidarity, Team Little Guy will be wearing blue bracelets with the words, “Lt. Col. Thomas Heyden – 400 Days,” inscribed until he returns home next year.

We’ll also be offering these bracelets for sale to those of you who would like to join us in showing support for Tom. 

Even as Tom departs for the Middle East, we’ll be hearing from him from time-to-time. As he is able, he will record audio and video updates that will be posted here on the blog.

Tom took a moment this week to share his thoughts about what Team Little Guy will be raising funds for in the next months, and offers his thanks to all of you for your support of the team and of the US Military. He signed off by saying, “Godspeed.”

Likewise, Tom – Godspeed, stay safe and thank you so much for your sacrifices on behalf of freedom.


Black & Blue Relay Official Results + Video Recap

July 22, 2009

(This post has been edited to correct the results of the relay.)

The official results are in from the Black & Blue Relay, and Team Little Guy has much to be happy about! Of 20 teams competing, TLG’s three teams all finished 10th place or higher. Leading the pack was the 4th place finish by Eric Gelly & Tom Heyden, who completed the relay in 11 hours, 36 minutes and 30 seconds! In addition, Heyden & Gelly clocked the fastest time of any two-person team in the relay! Way to go fellas!

Placing eighth overall at 12:15:55 was the four-person team of John Radebaugh, Josh Chavez, Ed Agnoli and Jeff Hardin. Meanwhile, Team CUNA Mutual Group — Robin Kolvek, Scott Binder, Tim Gardner and Randy Coleman — barrelled into Asheville in 12:43:20, which was good for 10th place overall.

TLG offers congratulations to the team “Deliverance,” which wrapped up the relay in just 9 hours and 54 minutes, as well as each of the 17 other teams that participated in the relay!

During the relay, Bubba Gelly videotaped some of the sights and sounds – enjoy!



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