My name is Timur Ender and I was a rider on NC2SD09. Ever since participating in the most amazing, engaging, and fulfilling ride in 2009 I could not wait to become more involved and lead a trip as soon as I possibly could. The reason I could not participate in 2010 was because I was fortunate enough to be able to have the opportunity to study abroad in Istanbul, Turkey from February through August but I watched in admiration (and envy) as another group of Bike & Builders set across country to further the cause of affordable housing. The people who participate in Bike & Build are truly remarkable individuals, individuals committed to their cities, country, environment, service, justice, and themselves. The physical and mental toll that a cross-country cycling trip requires is not minor but with our reliance on each other I have no doubt we will succeed in our mission. As we say, there are no bad days on B&B, some days are just harder than others.
So, more about me, I am a senior in criminology with a law & justice minor at North Carolina State University. I was born in Baltimore but grew up in the beautiful city of Raleigh. I ride my bike everywhere and it’s quite difficult to find me off of the bicycle. At NCSU I’m involved in WolfWheels (bike share program), Judicial board, and various other one-time service events. In the spring, I will be interning at the Wake County District Attorney's office in Raleigh.
Cycling is a beautiful thing. I started cycling legitimately during freshman year when I got a yellow mountain bike and would spend my time cycling around Raleigh to exercise and clear my mind. Throughout my college career my passion for cycling (and health) grew significantly and I’ve been fortunate for the opportunity to participate in charity rides, marathons, and a half-ironman.
I am equally excited about the service component of this trip. There is nothing more admirable than putting in your sweat and muscles so that someone else can have a roof over their head. I cannot be more excited to hear/share stories with the people we interact with and work with along the way. I cannot wait to see the rolling hills of West Virginia, the sun hitting the St. Louis arch, and riding with local cyclists in Boulder & Portland. Ernest Hemingway captured it best saying, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”
I could not be more excited, prepared, and humbled to lead such a dedicated group of young adults across the country in the pursuit of such a noble cause.
Remember, its all a journey…
|Timur has currently raised $4,130.|
That's 103% of his $4,000 fundraising goal.