Saturday. You usually like that approaching day. You get to ride, sometimes with friends, and without the limitations of a schedule (or at least less limitations). And after riding you can relax, bask in the pleasant fatigue with those friends, remembering the past and relishing the future. It's, simply put, you time.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So - back from the 1st Ride of the season. Since alla y'all weren't there I'll try to fill you in. Lot's to tell so pull up a chair and sit for a spell..............
Jeremy left w/ the Bike Room Truck on Tuesday, plannin' on stayin' overnight somewhere 'tween here and there and arriving Wed around lunchtime. A combination of caffeine and a lack of handy hotels conspired to convince him to drive straight through and...there he was. After giggin' on Wed night I caught the 1st flight outta GR and was in Burlington before some of you had your 2nd cuppa coffee. Got to the host hotel and started getting acclimated. (To the scene that is - the weather was just like it was here...hot and steamy). The riders (all 85-ish of 'em) started arriving that afternoon and pretty soon it was time to get my Head Coach Outfit on and do my thing. It was great to see Lynn Gallagher and her fam there too!
Thursday night was pretty low key - dinner was a stand around sort of buffet / mixer / sorta thing w/ mercifully little blather from the microphone. Friday dawned clear and fine and after breakfast we did the tune-up ride thing (although w/ 80+% of the riders drivin' in w/ their bikes there was less need forr that) and then folks scattered to explore the town and area. (No trips to the Vermont Country Store that I'm aware of).
Friday's dinner was one of those JDRF Ride times where you can't get rid of the goosebumps! Somehow I managed to keep it together and not screw up but presenting the Green and Yellow jerseys was somethin' else! The winner of the Green Jersey raised some 85 grand! He gave us a brief but eloquent thank you and then I introduced the winner of the Yellow Jersey. His name is Tim, he's from the DC area and I met him in Tucson (Tuscon?) last Nov. He won the Green Jersey then. Think about that for a sec - he's been Type 1 forever, both of his kids are, and he rode for the first time ever w/ us 8 months ago. Raised enough coin then to win the Green Jersey and was so affected by the weekend that he signed up for the next Ride and recruited 7 friends and fam to join him! Dang! There's a great little video of his very moving "speech" on the JDRF Ride to Cure FB page. After a bunch more warm fuzzies and goosebumps we called it a night and everyone hit the sack to get ready for the Big Day.
Speakin' of the Big Day - it dawned clear......warm......big puffy clouds and a little more wind than you might have wished for. Still - compared to last year it was 100% awesome for all concerned. We rolled south, bound for places called Verginnes and Middlebury on nice asphalt and over rolling hills. I was riding sweep, 'natch, and soon found myself riding w/ Mary from Chicago, a Type 1 new rider that had been a huge bundle of nerves all weekend. It was obvious to me pretty early that she and the rest of the folks I was ridin' with weren't gonna make the time cut off @ Breakpoint 3 to continue on for the full century so I commenced the "reality check" talk early so that it wouldn't be too big of a downer. For a "flat-ish" route (which it was by JDRF standards) there were plenty of tough little rollers and a viscious 18-20% climb up into Verginnes and BP #3. There was freakin' Ben & Jerry's ice cream there though so it was allll good! That's as far south as I got, since all the other coaches had continued on and plenty of riders were heading back to the start/finish by that point. I road w/ Mary and a few others until she decided to get sagged in and I caught a ride back out to BP #2 and then rode in again. At some point I was very pleased to come across Lynn G - riding strong and lookin' good. We rode in together and I had the distinct pleasure of seeing her complete her 1st century. An hour later I rode in again w/ Mike Malekoff and the last rider and the 2010 Burlington Ride to Cure was in the books. We did the post-ride bar-b-q thing, ruined our arms patting ourselves on the backs for jobs well done and then it was off to the bar. Or bed. Or wherever. ( I invited Mary to join us on the rest o' our team rides - that might happen)
It was pretty much perfect. Great route. Perfectly fine hotel that seemd to want us there. Great Bike Room (big enough to ride around in!). Good eats. A great collection of riders, most but not all from the NorthEast. Chuck Hodge brought hsi "A Team" for the crew. The Head Coach didn't screw up too bad. 85+ riders raised over $400,000! No injuries, few flats. The sag wagons and med folks were pretty much bored and that's how we like it. The route was great - we rode along the coast of Lake Champlain, over a covered wooden bridge, on mostly great road surfaces and little traffic. In other words - it was the "anti-Killington" that everyone was looking for! I can highly recommend this Ride if its offered again next season and we will need more riders there to make it viable - 85-ish was great but they really need 100 more to make it a solid player on the calendar.
I'm still high from the emotions of the weekend. I'm sorry that I've failed so utterly to pass that along to y'all here - there's just no way, not even for a far more skilled writer than I am - to capture what went on there in words and pixels.
Check out the JDRF Ride to Cure FB page for links and pics. And I can't wait to hear what Lynn has to say about her Ride and weekend!
So proud of you guys, so honored to be allowed to be a part of this Team, this Program, this thing we have going on! Thank you!
You guys rock, but you know that. It was clear to me all weekend that everyone else in the JDRF universe knows it too (even if our T-shirt printer can't spell).
I hope to see you all @ the next Team Ride on 8/1 if not before. Details about that ride and other things team-esque will be forthcoming soon. Stay tuned and keep ridin' , rockin' and fund raising! ( I saw the Hincapie pack that you'll get for going 1k over your FR goal and it's pretty much awesome!)
Thanks again (and again and again!) for all you bring to our Team & JDRF!
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Yeah, it was fun riding in the thunderstorm on Sunday, wasn't it?
Monday, July 12, 2010
This Saturday is the Holland Hundred - are you riding? Let's use this spot to maybe plan up when to meet and start riding, if you want to be riding with some folks. Right now, it looks like we've got a few people starting right around 7 in the morning. It appears that the event is going to be pretty big, so getting rolling early might be advisable, from an "I really like pancakes" point of view.
Friday, July 9, 2010
I'm a tad squemish about using this blog for anything that hints of "commercial enterprise" but I had waterbottles made that match this year's jersey to have in the bike Room @ the Rides and it'd be a dang shame if the members of the World's Coolest Team didn't get first crack at 'em, huh?
4 bucks. Any profits will go to JDRF in one form or another.
Have I mentioned lately how much youse guyz ROCK!?!?!?!?!??!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
If you ordered one of the famous "Pink Pancreas Peloton" jerseys the wait is over!
If you work @ the Spring Lake HM facility Coach Did picked yours up today and will be delivering it soon
If you ordered (and paid for) one - it's @ Velo City waitin' for you. Coach Did will also have the box of jerseys w/ him @ the Holland Hundred. (And we'll have 'em at all the Team Rides 'til they're gone)
If you ordered one but have yet to pay for it - it's @ Velo City....but it's not on "hold" and there's no guarantee that someone else won't buy it. (So get'cher butt down here is what I'm sayin')
Wow - can you believe it's Holland Hundred time already!?!?!?!? I sure can't believe that I'll be in VT a week from now, at the first Ride to Cure of 2010! As bummed as I am to be missing the HH I can't wait to get this season rolling - 'cuz it's gonna be the best ever!
You guys have fun and be safe next weekend as you rock the HH and the Team Ride the following day - I'l be thinkin' about 'cha!
You guys rock - and I'll never get tired of telling you all that!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Undeterred by the looming Celebrate-America-By-Blowing-Part-Of-It-To-Smithereens holiday festivities, twenty-one brave souls gathered at Holland's Smallenburg Park today for what proved to be an entertainingly eventfull not-quite-45-mile ride.
Friday, July 2, 2010
An e-mail from New Team Guy Walt got me to thinking - why don't we have a way for team mates to let each other know about any other rides that they do on a regular (or at least semi-regular) basis? This blog is the perfect way to do that - let's all get in the habit of listing any rides that we think our teammies may wanna get in on 'cuz the more chances to ride the better says I!
I'll go first - just 'cuz that's how I like to roll:
Tuesday - VCC ride @ 6:00pm. 4 groups, 19 and 29 mile loops.
Thursday - VCC ride @ 8:30am. 25-ish miles @ a "recovery" pace of 17-18. Bagel stop!
Thursday - VCC ride @ 8:15pm. 35-40 miles in the twilight.
Friday - VCC ride @ 8:30am. 25 miles @ 19-20mph. Bagel stop!
Saturday - VCC ride @ 8am. Fast! Stop Ahead Sign sprints, lotsa high 20's mph. 25 miles.
Details on all these rides @ www.velo-citycycles.com and the shop's FB page.
Other Holland area rides include the Macatawa Cycling Club's Monday Night Ride @ 6:30pm and the Sweet Roll Ride on Sat morning. More info @ www.macatawacylingclub.org
Any or all of these rides would give you a few more chances to ride during the week. Fellow JDRF-ers John Jasker, Tom Miller, Brad Spooner, Cindy Aley, Nicole Nelles, Coach Did & Kaat Tahy are often spotted along for the ride(s)!
See you guys tomorrow (hopefully) or soon!