Monday, July 25, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Yarp, 'twas a steamer indeedie! But, by the standards of the last few days, it was relatively pleasant. Of course, the real pleasentry came from the company we all kept, in one or the other or both of our 30 and 40 mile loops:
Monday, July 18, 2011
What is it?
RSVP here or on Facebook is greatly appreciated.
When is it?
Sunday, July 24
10:00am roll - Loop 1, 30ish* miles
12:30pm (approx) roll - Loop 2, 40ish** miles
Cliff & Nic's place. Huge bummer, the bridge & ramp at US-31 & Blue Star/Washington/58th in Holland (if you're coming from the north, this is the way the directions will say to go) is closed. Follow posted detours and you'll find us. Just plan on an extra 5-10 minutes of driving. If you're coming from anywhere but north, this won't affect you.
So, we're kinda new to this hood, and we don't want to bum out our new neighbors with cars parked all along the road. So, we'll ask that the first six cars' worth of people use our driveway, and then we're gonna ask you to park about 5 houses away (our cars + a sign will be there) from our house in this common area thingy. It's a teeny walk/bike ride to our house from where your car will be, but not too bad. Promise. Thanks for understanding.
Not this time, friend. You're on your own for Loop 1, but there's little reason why you couldn't do Loop 2. Nicole is gonna hang back for the 2nd loop to get food ready and is happy to watch kiddos. She might make them work, but hey...it's good for 'em. We've got a play room for younger ones, and TV for bigger ones.
Nic's gonna doctor up some tasty grilled chicken/veggie kabobs, and probably something fun for the side. It'd be awesome if you wanted to partake in something pot-luckish. Even if that means a package of Oreos or whatever. Bring your own drinks too.
Yep! We have showers that'll be available. Bring your own towel if you can--we don't have enough for all of the stink that pours off this group.
Look! It'll cool off on Sunday to a relatively chilly
** - Seriously, don't take Derek's mileage estimates too literally.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
We're ordering our team shirts this week. We are planning to order only enough to cover registered team members. However, if you would like to order extra(s), you may do so.
Cost is $11 per shirt, payable to the Chapter upon receipt.
Monday, July 11, 2011
What a great day for The World's Coolest Team! It was almost warm enough to serve as effective DV training, our hostess w/ the mostess Sarah Andro was the bomb, the routes were.......umm.....interesting & we had a great turn-out for both loops!
There was even an Ice Cream Sag Wagon! (If you were riding at the right place @ the right time)
So - on to the details.................
Ride #1 rolled @ 9am - possibly the earliest non-Ride-Day roll out ever for this team & covered 25 pretty hilly miles. Roll Call:
SGS John (Tom's bud)
SGS Barb (Sarah's co-worker)
BikeFace Patti B
Rob A (!!!!!!!!!!)
John "Big" Jasker
Nick Coury - on his 1st ever Team Ride stokin' w/ MC on the tandem and
Spencer Coury - on his 1st ride and rockin' the lead pack on his hybrid!
Everyone rode great and we were back @ casa da Andro in plenty o' time to re-fuel and meet up w/ the group for Ride #2.
That ride rolled @ 12:10 and covered 36 also hilly miles. There was a bit of...shall we say....adventure? as Google Maps left Map-Maker Derek hangin' more than once.
Oh well! It's all good, right?
Ride #2 Roll Call:
Did, Kaat, Pea, MC and J2 from the first ride
Steve and Katie C
Becky and Chris M
SGS Chad P (friend of MC, J2, JD)
SGS Chris (friend of Sarah's)
Replacement Stoker Deluxe Linda C
Tom and Ian S
Post Ride festivities featured grilled burgers n' brats, pasta salad, Nic's Killer Salad, fresh salsa, various sweets and a surprise appearance from Mike and Teresa Howard.
Many calories were consumed, much laughter was shared and fellowship was observed breaking out all over.
In other words - 'twas a typical awesome day and a reminder to this reporter as to what a blessing it is to be part of this Team!
Massive thanks to Sarah and Phyliis for the hospitality!
Extra props to Nic, Cindy & the Grandville Clarks for racin' Saturday and joinin' us Sunday!
Extra massive props to Team Coury for rockin' the way they did on Ride #1!
Remember - the Holland Hundred is this weekend. Yesterday Tom Miller announced that there might be some hours left if you still wanna earn some $ in your Ride Account.
Also - a few of us are headin' up to do the Ride Around Torch Lake on Saturday night after the HH. Contact Kaat for more info.
Next Team Ride is from Cliff n' Nicole's just south of Holland. The date is 7/24 and the details wil be announced shortly.
So - to wrap this up.......great day, great time, great food. This Team rocks, you guys rock, diabetes is gonna wish it never heard of us!
See you soon - Coach Mike
VT - 18 days
WI - 31 days
Tahoe - 60 days
DV - 90 days
AZ - 127 days
Monday, July 4, 2011
The volunteer spreadsheet for the Holland Hundred is full. Thanks Tom Miller for putting that together. We do have an additional opportunity to raise some cash at the HH. We would like to sell Energy Floats again this year. Root Beer XS and ice cream. Yum!
The pay out will be different than the other volunteer positions, but the shifts aren't as long, so this is great for someone who wants to ride in the morning and work the afternoon. Looking for two people between 12 and 5 p.m. This could be broken into two shifts, so we'd need four people total. If you are interested please email Tom Scheidel for all the details.