For the past few months I have been working on a collaborative bike cup project with The Cycling Podcast, which is a podcast about professional bike races.
I love to watch pro-cycling races- I especially love the scenery and find inspiration in the European villages- and have been listening to this podcast for years.
A few years ago I contacted the podcast after listening to some interviews and segments about and by a Virginia native cyclist, Joe Dombroski, who I had designated as cupworthy, with the hope that they might be willing to help me get a cup to him. They did generously and kindly help- so, one of the hosts was sent a cup as well.
A few months ago I was contacted by the podcast about making limited edition Cycling Podcast cups and we have been working on details and it has come together.
Our first collaboration was for the Giro d’Italia. The cups each wore a Maglia Rosa, or the general classification jersey for that race. Proceeds from the sale of the Giro d’Italia cups supported the Kelly Catlin Fund and Ride for Charlie. 126 cups were sold and over $2,500 was raised to support those two great causes.
I have loved working on this project- every part of it. I often work while watching bike races and, of course, listening to The Cycling Podcast so every part of making these became even more of a pleasure. I loved the philanthropic part of it as well and knowing that the funds raised would go to raise money and awareness for important causes. My first grand tour also taught me a lot and led me in new directions as I needed to solve problems in a way that has fed creativity in all of my studio work.
One of the best parts is hearing from people about how much a handmade cup has touched their lives and how the concept of being cupworthy is spreading around the world. It all makes me very happy.