To Whom It May Concern,

     It is with great sadness -- and with joy -- that I bring you this news.  The sadness stems from the fact that the Ride is no longer taking place.  The joy is that now a benefit for Michael will take place in the way in which family members would like it to be.  I'd like to make this clear, there is no dispute here, the event is simply being changed to fulfill the wishes of many people.

     Thank you all for the two years you invested in the Ride.  In order for the benefit to have the outcome that many people would like to see, I am stepping aside.  I hope to ride with you soon.