ECO Fitness to hold 2nd Ride for Kids, a benefit for the Down Syndrome Association

On May 3, 2014, Eco Fitness and the Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry will host the 2nd annual Ride for Kids with Special Needs.  

In 2013, Eco Fitness teamed up with the Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry and raised $20,000 to fund “I Can Bike”, a nationally recognized camp for kids with special needs.

The week -long camp, with the help of 60 local volunteers (some with Autism, Down syndrome and other gross motor delays), helped 40 kids learn to ride a bike.

Think about that.

No longer will these be stuck at home while their friends and family go bike riding! Older individuals now have a new means of local transportation. And everyone gets a much-needed boost in confidence!

Want to support this effort? Sign up for the Ride at, 

Since the Ride inspires the participation of members and non-members alike, Eco Fitness will be open to the community on Ride Day. Special community yoga classes and Mini-Barre (classes) will be hosted. See  for details.


Q and A with Nick Oram, TV producer, celebrity fitness instructor and co-founder of CHS Revolution indoor cycling studio

This morning I took a tour of the space for the future CHS Revolution indoor cycling studio, located in Elan in “mid-town” Charleston (corner of Meeting and Spring), with TV producer and fitness expert Nick Oram and fellow co-founders Lindsay Rodbell and Eric Feather.

The 40-bike studio was set to open in January until construction crews ran into some issues with plumbing. Now it’s set for March 1 opening.

The cycling studio will be Charleston’s fourth stand-alone but is one of the strongest indications that the area is registering on the national fitness scene.

Here’s a short Q&A with Oram done via email over the weekend.

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Local engineer helps creates a small, lightweight safety light for cyclists, pedestrians

I recently wrote a “quickie” column – squeezed in before the Thanksgiving break – on the need to take stock in your night-time, outdoor exercise gear, specifically in regards to lights, reflectors, reflective clothing, etc., as the days getting even shorter with the first day of winter on Dec. 21.

Local writer Barbara Hagerty emailed me to let me know about Athlights, invented by her son-in-law Anthony Del Porto, who lives in Charleston. A two-pack costs $16.

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Tyler Hamilton, former teammate of Lance Armstrong, will talk about the dilemmas of whistleblowing at 7 p.m. Thursday at C of C


Former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton will speak at the Beatty Center (5 Liberty St.) November 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. in an event open to the public.

 This event is part of the School of Business’  “Think Differently Forum,”[RelatedFind out more about Think Differently Forums] a speaker series that examines a minority viewpoint to create dialogue.

In this case, Hamilton will discuss being a whistleblower when it’s standard practice to “dope” in many professional sports.

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CHS Revolution, an indoor cycling studio, to open in January 2014

I’m still filtering through emails after a week’s vacay. Here’s an interesting announcement of the FOURTH indoor cycling studio to open in Charleston. The others being Charleston RIDE on Wentworth Street, Journey Cycling in Mount Pleasant and Velocity Cycling on East Bay Street. DQ


Cycling and fitness studio slated to open early 2014

 CHARLESTON, S.C. (November 7, 2013) – CHS Revolution indoor cycling studio will soon open with a dedicated staff and popular fitness classes in the retail portion of Elan Midtown, the mid-rise, boutique apartment community being developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners at 441 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston.

The Revolution studio will offer classes suitable to all levels of fitness and experience. Revolution’s high-intensity classes are accompanied by curated music playlists and theatrical lighting.

 “Revolution is an exciting product and we are honored to bring their flagship location to Elan Midtown and to our residents,” says Todd Wigfield, Managing Director of Development for Greystar.

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Charleston Moves dedicates Battery2Beach urban trail today

Stephanie Hunt, chairwoman of Charleston Moves, made some really great points about the importance of biking in a community – and specifically in the Lowcountry – at the dedication of signs marking the Battery 2 Beach route today. Here’s the speech minus any add libs. (I underlined what I rung the loudest for me.)


Charleston Moves is proud and honored to invite you all here today. In this room are leaders from the economic development community. Elected representatives. Transportation professionals. Urban planners. City and county civil servants. Recreation professionals. Health professionals. And yes, even a few bike jocks. 

We are celebrating an unveiling, a symbolic and significant step forward in linking the Battery and the Beaches with a bicycle and pedestrian pathway. But really, we are celebrating the linking of much more.  This is the linking together of each of you—those of you from different but connected municipalities and in different areas of professional expertise and passion with one common vision – moving Charleston forward.

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Have an unwanted bike that you don’t want to throw away? Donate it to the Bikes for Honduras Drive, now through Nov. 15

Gildan is partnering with Bikes of the World and the Adelante Foundation to benefit those in need in Honduras.

It is seeking to collect 300 bikes by Nov. 15, as well as bike mechanics to volunteer Nov. 8-10 to prepare the bikes for shipment.Other volunteers are needed to load and catalog the bikes.


 1) Bicycle drop off – at Gildan, 1980 Clements Ferry Road, Charleston, SC

 OR Gilden WILL PICKUP – October 21 thru November 15.

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Want a real adventure race? The ninth Barrier Island ECOthon IS the real thing.

For nearly a decade, the end of October meant more than just Halloween. It also has been the date for the Barrier Island ECOthon.

The ninth annual event will be 9 a.m. Sunday at the Isle of Palms Marina.

Now, talk about “adventure race,” the ECOthon is perhaps the most adventurous in the Lowcountry.

(Dana Beach, the executive director of the Coastal Conservation League, calls the ECOthon “the most beautiful race on the East Coast” and that it is do-able by anyone who is in decent shape.)

Participants launch kayaks from the Isle of Palms Marina and paddle three miles to Dewees Island. After landing on the beach, they run 2.2 miles to the other end, swim a quarter mile across Capers Island to Caper’s Island, run to the other end, where they turn around and repeat the course backward.

Once back at the marina, participants bike to the southern tip (or western tip, depending on your orientation) of Sullivan’s Island and return, for a total of about 18 miles.

A race that involved takes some money. Registration is $90 and a portion goes to support the efforts of Charleston Tibetan Society. Since its origination, the ECOthon has raised and donated $18,500 to the society and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

The founder and director of the race, Brett Carlson, says he created the ECOthon after developing a deep appreciation of the Lowcountry after “running, riding, swimming and paddling between the barrier islands for about a quarter century.”

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Charleston RIDE Spinning studio celebrates its second anniversary on Saturday

Rebecca Young, co-owner of Charleston RIDE, talks about a Charleston RIDE’s second anniversary, the studio’s solid niche and its tie with one of the most successful athletically-oriented fundraisers in Charleston. DQ

Q: Congratulations on your second anniversary coming up this weekend. How do you plan to celebrate?

 A:  Thanks!  We are going to celebrate this milestone in our favorite way with a party on the Spinner bike!   This Saturday, October 19 at 8 a.m. Catherine and Alice will be heading up the RIDE.  We are having a drawing for a 20 class card giveaway and we will announce the winner of the contest for the Spinning® Instructor Certification.  Folks can join the party by reserving a bike online @ 

 Q: For those who aren’t familiar with Charleston RIDE’s story, which I think is interesting, tell them how it came to be.

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New Belgium’s Clips Beer & Film Tour raised more than $8,000 for Charleston’s bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group

I’m not surprised to get the word from New Belgium Brewing on how much they raised from the Clips Beer & Film Tour on September 26. (By the way, it’s rare that any group reports how much it raises for charities.)

According to New Belgium – which is my favorite non-local brewing company (I have seasonal Razor Wit in my fridge at home) – 1,400 people came out to Marion Square to sample “Lips of Faith” beers and watch amateur films. I have no way of knowing how they counted people, but New Belgium said attendance was up 155 percent over 2012′s event.

The $8,078 raised for Charleston Moves was up 41 percent.

And another cool thing, the event’s “waste diversion rate” – recycling and composting – was 85 percent. I wish all major events could claim that.

My only complaint was the limited number of food trucks. I arrived – like many, via bike – starving.

I hope the collaboration between New Belgium and Charleston Moves continues. It’s yet another reason to support the 100 percent employee-owned company, which is recognized as one of “Outside” magazine’s Best Places to Work and is designated by the League of American Bicyclists as a bike friendly business.