Taylor's Leadville Race for The Dirt Therapy Project

Taylor's Leadville Race for The Dirt Therapy Project

From Taylor Atchley

To raise awareness and funds for The Dirt Therapy Project, I'm racing LEADVILLE! TDTP is a non-profit that helps veterans through mountain biking. No funds go to my race - all donations to to TDTP

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Update #2

about 19 hours ago

The first week of this campaign has been great, but we need a lot more sharing and donations to help The Dirt Therapy Project help more veterans through mountain biking. As a reminder, your donations do NOT go to my Leadville Race. They all go straight to TDTP!

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First off, I'm just a normal guy. I work as an active duty member of the United States Air Force, and have a beautiful family consisting of a wife and two kids. For the past 5 years have really enjoyed mountain biking as a hobby. 

2018 was the year I first heard about the Leadville Trail 100 MTB: Arguably the hardest one-day mountain bike race in North America. 

"I'll never do anything like that," I originally thought. But as a few weeks passed by, I heard more about this race, and my mindset changed to, "Why WOULDN'T I do this?"

So that is when I set my goal to do this crazy race referred to by most simply as "Leadville." I knew I'd probably only do this race once, so I set a ridiculous goal:  Finish the race in less than 9 hours and earn the coveted "big" Leadville belt buckle.

Over the next many months I trained like crazy and also lucked into the race. However, I realized that although this is a healthy goal, it was somewhat selfish. All of the training and the travel and the race itself was all for my own benefit. I then decided not to make this adventure all about me. I wanted to give back to the military members that have sacrificed much for our country, and somehow tie it in to my love of mountain biking.

Through Facebook, I learned of an organization founded by Jonathan Hagerman, who served in the Marine Corps from 2009 - 2013, called The Dirt Therapy Project. TDTP's mission is to help veterans manage their unique stressors (such as PTSD) by introducing them to the world of mountain biking. They do this through organizing rides, teaching beginner classes, and even organizing mountain biking trips. TDTP even has a fleet of bikes for their members to use in order to gain access to this sport. Through this wonderful organization, veterans can connect with nature and each other through mountain biking and some good ol' fashioned PT.

I reached out to Jonathan in early 2020, explaining to him my Leadville race goal, and that I'd like to use this journey of mine to raise awareness and funds for The Dirt Therapy Project. Jonathan was on board almost immediately, and so I have created this page to spread the word about this great organization and to give folks a chance to donate in order to help our veterans through this medium. And hey, maybe I'll convince some members of TDTP to also come up with some crazy mountain bike goal one day!

100% of your donations go straight to The Dirty Therapy Project. At this point, TDTP is looking to scale up and spread the program to new locations across the U.S. Each location needs a fleet of bikes and gear for 3-5 riders. Fully funding a new location requires about $6000. Aside from helping to spread the impact of TDTP, your donations will also contribute towards necessary overhead to keep this organization going strong (website hosting, marketing, consumables, etc.)! Your giving also will help fund overnight mountain biking trips TDTP organizes for their veterans at no expense to them! For example, this year TDTP is taking twenty people to Palo Duro Canyon for two days of riding. Each trip costs between $2,000 - $3000.

Check back frequently! Over the next few months, I'll be posting about my training, my equipment, my plans for the race, and things TDTP is doing for the veterans they serve! And wish me luck: I'm going to need it.

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Taylor Atchley posted a new update:
about 19 hours ago

Update #2

The first week of this campaign has been great, but we need a lot more sharing and donations to help The Dirt Therapy Project help more veterans through mountain biking. As a reminder, your donations do NOT go to my Leadville Race. They all go straight to TDTP!

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Taylor Atchley posted a new update:
5 days ago

Update #1

Check out this trip TDTP has organized for its members! Such a great way for veterans to get out and enjoy nature, adventure, and camaraderie, through mountain biking.

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