Tuesday, January 22, 2008


What biking in 9° weather looks like.

Not shown: huge pile of stinky spandex in the laundry.


Monday, January 21, 2008

Ultimate Cycling Challenge Update!

Hey Kids! The team roster hasta be turned in for the U.C.C. by Thursday so here's the latest:

The Team is set and all the time slots are filled so if you still wanna be involved.........it's too late! We can talk about starting another team or you can come and root your teammies on and bring us cookies!

Here's the schedule and I need your $ by Thursday if I don't have it already!

And........lemme know what size t-shirt you want, or I'll have to guess!

8:00-10:00pm: Ross Schueller (PAID)
10:00pm-12:00: MC
12:00am-2:00am: Joe Schiemder (PAID)
2:00am-4:00am: Kevin Owens (PAID)
4:00am-6:00am: Derek Dykstra (PAID)
6:00am-8:ooam: Peggy Essenburg
8:00am-12:00pm: Scott Poeder & Linda Thompsen-Poeder
12:00pm-2:00pm: Jack Clark (PAID)
2:00pm-3:00pm: Katie & Steve Clark (PAID)
3:00pm-8:00pm: Team Andro/Bentley (Sarah, Ted and Rob)

That's gonna be the best looking group in the whole dang event, don'cha think!?!?!?!

Remember to wear your JDRF jersey(s) and I was thinking that you veterans might wanna bring any extra jerseys you have from past years to share w/ our new teammates, okay?

Shoot me an e-mail asap to let me know what size t-shirt you want! (mike@velo-citycycles.com)

Other stuff going on: It sounds like the Ride dates and details are f-i-n-a-l-l-y- set so we oughta be able to register soon! If you haven't gotten back to Mary about which Ride is your first chooice please do so so we can get things rolling! We have a Ride Committee meeting next week and we'll be planning the Team Kick-Off Party (or whatever) so stay tuned!

If this is going to be your first Ride with us welcome! If you are back for your 2nd, 3rd or 4th time around.......welcome back! It's going to be a great season and I can' t wait to get to it!

See you soon................Coach Mike

Friday, January 18, 2008

Here We Go!

Below are the people that have weighed in so far with solid 2008 Ride commitments. If your name isn't below yet, add your thoughts and inspire more dialogue with teammates and colleagues by using the 'comments' feature at the bottom of this post. We will add those comments people provide back to this original post. This will allow the Chapter office to keep all of our preferences in one place. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates on what our team is up to! Ride on!

Death Valley

Mary & Tom Scheidel
Nicole Nelles
Steve & Katie Clark
Rob Andro
Rod Stephens
Brad Spooner
Derek Dykstra
Rick Blackmar
Paul & Kathy MacBride
Amy Fisher
Melanie & Scott Williamson
Kevin Owens
Joe Schmieder
Mike Howard
Mark & Terri Heeren
Ross Schueller

Asheville (Party Bus style!?)
Jeff Wert
Jack Clark
Kevin C


Lolly Stirling (going wherever HMI goes)

Monday, January 7, 2008

Okay Kids, time to get serious!

Alllllright! The "Holidaze" are over, no matter which one(s) you celebrate and it's time to get this show on the road for 2008, don'cha think? Although the National Folks in their infinite wisdom have yet to announce the full Ride Schedule we can still move forward with our plans for the Ultimate Cycling Challenge, a Team Kick-Off Party and other stuff. So here we go...........

I want to turn in the roster for the U.C.C. in 2 weeks so it's time to get on board! Send me a check for $30, made out to "Ultimate Fitness" and let me know times that you DO or DO NOT want to ride and I'll make the schedule. That's right......the sooner you sign up the better chance you have of getting the "good" times to ride! And.........the more riders we have the less everyone has to ride and the more $ we raise for the L.A.F. As a reminder, the dates of the event are 2/ 15-16, from 8-8pm. At this point I have ZERO riders officially, although I have had several people (Katie, Steve, Sarah, Did) say that they were in. Let's nail it down, shall we?

Note: The 30 bucks is your entry fee/minimum donation. The organizers hope that everyone does more fund-raising and those checks (if any) should be made out to "The Lance Armstrong Foundation". Only that initial "entry fee" check is made to Ultimate Fitness" okay?

The Ride Commitee is working on a date and place for a big Team Sign-up and Kick Off party, stay tuned!

At this point we have decided to focus our attention on the September MT Ride and Death Valley, since those Rides scored the highest in interest in the Survey. Still..we're curious as to the rest of the schedule and looking forward to it being finalized.

We have a meeting w/ the interested Herman Miller riders on Monday the 14th, so that oughta be good. I'll keep everyone posted on what goes down there.

I have finalized the Team Sponsorship deal w/ Cannondale again for 2008. They are offering 20% off any bike for all Team Members. Let me know if you want to look into that.

I think that's all I have for now. Let's get this Blog humming again, okay? Don't forget all the ride opportunities that are going on right now..........we have 2 or 3 indoor workouts a week @ the shop here, plus I do 2 outdoor dirt road rides a week (assuming that you're up for a ride on dirt roads in the dark, that is!). Contact me for details! (mike@velo-citycycles.com)

See you soon I hope!