After 17 years of working for VeloNews, corporate owners Competitor Group Inc. laid Charles Pelkey off on the same day he was diagnosed with cancer. He has gone through three surgeries and now faces 16 weeks of chemo, just as he's starting a job search. He hasn't asked for help but just imagine experiencing two immense setbacks simultaneously. Here's a Chipin page if you'd like to help him out in his time of need.
If you're not familiar with Charles, he wrote the live updates for the Tour on VeloNews, as well as the great Explainer columns (which, ironically, still occupy prime real estate on VeloNews' homepage). He's an outstanding journalist and has always been a great mentor and friend to us with our amateur attempts at writing. We wish Charles a full and quick recovery and we hope to see him covering our sport again very soon. In the meantime Charles is on Twitter here.
(I found out about chipin from Daniel Zmolik's page. You can help Dan out here.)
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Recorded inside the press room at Grenoble Velodrome, we bring you Episode #8 of the Insider from the 2011 Tour de France, our final podcast.
Recorded 1,850 metres above sea level atop the famed Alpe d'Huez, we bring you Episode #7 of the Insider podcast from the 2011 Tour de France.