Support Andy Blasquez in the 2012 Palo Alto Gran Fondo and Challenge

A message from Andy Blasquez

August 20th, 2012.

I know it's been a while since I've been on the site, but I promise that I'm riding!  I just got my compact crankset so I'm STOKED to see the hills between Palo Alto and the coast!  

I've been battling pretty severe back spasms for the past 6 weeks or so.  Training's getting the best of me.  It's hard to know if I should rest, or ride?  Rest and not be ready...or ride and not be able?  Crazy!!!!!

We only have less than 4 weeks to go, and we're getting their. I think we're at about $1500 between what we have done last race and that's a great effort.  Thank you all.

Climging Mt. Diablo on Saturday for the 1st time in about a year.  Wish me luck.  It's NEVER an easy ride.  We'll keep you posted, and maybe put up a little video in the mean time.

Best to you all.


June 15th, 2012:

I touched the 185 lb. mark for the first time in a long, long while.  Ok, so It's 185.8, but still!!!  My goal is under 180 by September 7th.  My Birthday. 


Set my PR on the spinner this week for a 90 minute session and PLAN on a long day in the saddle tomorrow.  I hope Alamo to Milpitas via Calaveras Rd.  Keyword, HOPE.


Until next time, thansk for following.

Andy Blasquez


“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”

~Edmund Burke.

At the end of May this year I rode the Sonoma Echelon Gran Fondo in support of DRUGFREE.ORG.  It was amazing.  Life changing! If you want to see me quite humbled by a ride that was evidently over my head, click here...'s not pretty.

I've also been humbled by the support shown by The Partnership at  They are a drug abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their teens and young adults. You can visit their website to learn more -

If I've learned anything over the past couple of years it is that if you aren't personally struggling with some vice or addiction that you just can't kick, you don't have to look far to see someone who is; a spouse, a sibling, a parent.  If we pretend, "it's OK", enable, or simply turn a blind eye...we'll never get to the root cause.

PLEASE SUPPORT MY EFFORTS!  I'd love to have you join my team and ride.  If that's not for your, however, I'll ask that you help raise money and awareness for this worthwhile cause or donate from this page (just click on my name).

We'll do the training.  We'll do the sweating.  We'll do the 'leg work' on September 16, riding 95 miles and nearly 9,000 vertical feet.  We just ask that you help in any way you can.  $500 or $5.  

During the Gran Fondo, we'll be thinking about those who donate.  Those thoughts and our months of preparation will help us fly through this 95 miles on this mountainous course. 

Thank you,


Andy Blasquez

- The Partnership at