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Andy Kessler - 03-Aug-2020
Ok, I slowly get used to cancel things this year. We just had to postpone our "ready to paint" exhibition to next year.  The event would have been hosted by Vitra and part of a big summer party with over 300 people. As the Covid situation gets worse again in Europe and some of the exhibitors would possibly not have been allowed to travel, we decided not to take any risk and postpone to next year when hopefully the overall situation is better.

The good news is that the  design contest still takes place and we will extend the deadline for this one, as now we are not under pressure anymore.

But, I am not somebody that gives up so fast... One last try!

I have organised a local charity ride which is part of this years Nicola Werner Challenge.

The funds raised by The Nicola Werner Challenge are used to incentivise and reward young scientists for research excellence in the field of virus and infection-caused cancers.

I have lost this year my cousin to cancer. He was a very inspirational person for me when I was young. We did a hike together in January of this year and all was good and a couple of months later he was not here anymore... I will ride for him!

Normally the charity ride takes place in Paris but same as with our design exhibition event, many people cannot/don't want to travel internationally. Thats why the goal is to organise a couple of more local events. To register for my ride around Basel, Switzerland please click here.

We will probably split into groups of 10 for the ride for safety reasons. And we will limit to 50 in total as we will then all join after the ride for a drink and something to eat, always respecting Covid rules at the time of the event...

The donation needed for the registration for the ride is a minimum of 100 EUR.

If you donate 500 EUR (I know this might not happen but as Wayne Gretzky, world famous hockey player once said: you miss 100% of the shots you never take) you will ride in my group. Not that I feel very special but hey, I want to get some money together and I will entertain you with OPEN episodes and even better you will see me suffering a lot - actually that should be worth much more!

If you only want to donate (any amount) you can do that and click here. Please also motivate as many as possible of your friends and families to donate.

So, I hope to see you September 12th. Thanks for your help and your support.

Take care, stay healthy and enjoy riding 




Comments & Questions

Some great initiatives for any year, let alone this one. Carefully cultivating creativity. Also sorry for your loss, this resonates with me and I know s good ride for a great cause, both commemoration and celebration. Have a great ride.
Post #1 of 8. Posted by Tony on 03-Aug-2020 12:11:35 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22438]
Sorry for your loss Andy..
Post #2 of 8. Posted by Guillermo on 04-Aug-2020 01:36:43 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22439]
Sorry for your loss. I am really excited for the Design contest I have been thinking of a contest like this for years. You did mention that you will extend the deadline is the extension August 8th? Or will it be a later date?
Post #3 of 8. Posted by Daniel on 04-Aug-2020 23:48:17 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22440]
Hi Daniel, we are discussing that right now with DT Swiss but I guess we are not in a hurry now...I think at least another month or so. We let you know as soon as it is decided
Post #4 of 8. Posted by Andy Kessler on 05-Aug-2020 03:35:14 GMT in reply to post #3 [22440<--22441]
Thank you, I"ll be on the look out for the date.
Post #5 of 8. Posted by Daniel on 05-Aug-2020 18:55:24 GMT in reply to post #4 [22441<--22442]
Sorry for your loss..Great to see you translate sorrow to energy and create this great initiative!
Post #6 of 8. Posted by Della on 06-Aug-2020 13:49:03 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22443]
Firstly very sorry for your loss Andy. It is so tough when you lose someone that has been inspirational in life.
I have been lucky enough to buy a OPEN 0-1 frame, size L that I am starting to build up. It has a Chris King PF30 BB fitted. I would like to run it 1X and with quite a large chainring, hopefully 42 or even 44.
Can you suggest a crankset and will the frame accommodate a chainring of this size.
Thank you in advance
Post #7 of 8. Posted by Gary Evans on 13-Aug-2020 13:27:20 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22446]
Hi Gary, thanks for your kind words. Honestly its been a long time that I have worked with that model. I am sure a 40 ring will fit but not sure about 42 and pretty sure a 44 will not fit. Probably best would be to go for a Boost crankset.
Post #8 of 8. Posted by Andy Kessler on 17-Aug-2020 05:37:54 GMT in reply to blog [0<--22447]