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Tyler Siems, right, emceed last weekend’s Curto Dirto fundraising bike ride in Payne County. The event raised $68,000 and more funds have come in to make it more than $70,000 for Curt Dikes, who was diagosed with brain cancer late in 2018, and was organized by District Bicycles in downtown Stillwater. but we thought if we did $25,000 that we would be pumped. Then, when we realized we were close to $50,000, we were losing it. When people showed up that Sunday, they literally just started opening their wallets. It was unbelievable. “When we said we’re doing this for Curt, the whole entire cycling community stepped up to the plate. We got donations from all over the place. That’s a testament to the fact that probably everyone has been affected by cancer, so people saw an opportunity to help and I can’t believe we raised this much money.” It all began three months earlier. On Nov. 8, Dikes awoke to a massive headache with no recognition of where he was at the time. An emergency surgery revealed a cancerous tumor the size of a golf ball. In early December, the former employee of District Bicycles who was working on his Master’s Degree in Environmental Science at Oklahoma State while working at the bike shop was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma Glioma. According to Wintle, Dikes pursued an aggressive treatment plan, but was hampered by insurance coverage limitations. “In about 10 minutes or less of conversation between a handful of us, we said we have to do something and what are we going to do,” Wintle said. “We thought, let’s put together a 50-mile gravel road that we did four years ago, and we just said let’s reactivate that same course.” In August 2013, the I Ride 4 Ainsley event was held. It was a fundraiser for Ainsley Peters, a then 4-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia. Her father, Chris Peters, was one of Stillwater’s elite cyclists. A 50-mile course from Stillwater to near Ripley and back was created. Two years later, she finished her last treatment of chemotherapy. Now, the District Bicycles group, which included Dikes’ good friend Tyler Siems, and the local cycling community wanted to come together once again to help one of their own. “We all started calling different people in the industry who we do a lot of business with, and even some people we don’t do a lot of business with,” Wintle said, “and every single person was ready to throw down.” The event organizers created numerous ways to raise money for Dikes. One of those was the $40 entry fee plus donations, which brought in thousands of dollars. Another one was a raffle that included a custom-made $10,000 bicycle and more than 70 items. The Land Run 100, which is set for March 16, website was activated and donations could be made through the site. Every single dollar of the money raised for Dikes went to him. “We had the opportunity to do a fundraiser for him,” Wintle said. “We decided this is how it should look, we Stillwater Style | SPRING 2019 23