My son Stephen and I rode the 2016 Tour de Cure New England Classic 550. Stay tuned for future charity ride plans. Our recap of the Tour is shared below:
Final recap of the Tour de Cure NEC 550. Some stats and a short interview.
Total miles ridden: Kelli – 578.1, Stephen – 537.7
Total ascent: 21000+ feet
Time in the saddle: 35+ hours
Calories burned riding: 17,500+
Calories consumed: who’s counting? but probably 50,000+
Money raised for the ADA: $5742
A short interview:
What was your favorite day?
K: I enjoyed day 3. It was lovely riding (Biddeford, ME to Bartlett, NH). A good paceline, and a great beer and pizza stop after the ride. Everyone socialized by the pool and hot tub afterwards.
S: Day 4, the 109 mile day (Bartlett, NH to Montpelier, VT). Because it was challenging and I didn’t give up on it. (Stephen’s first ever century ride, and not only did he not give up, he crushed it)
What was your least favorite day?
K: Day 5. I was alone for most of it and worried about Stephen after he took sag at mile 30.
S: Day 5. I wasn’t feeling well and had to bail on the ride.
What was your favorite food at rest stops?
K: PB&J sandwiches. Pickles. Cookies.
S: Potato chips. Oreos.
What did you learn about yourself on this ride?
K: The body is capable of so much. Oftentimes it is the mind that needs to be convinced.
S: That I can ride a century.
What did you learn about each other on the ride?
K: Stephen is an amazing competitor. He loves pushing himself on the bike and can just crush the hills. He also recovers quickly but probably needs more sleep than us adults.
S: My mom can pull the paceline really hard for a long time on the flats.
What is your favorite non-riding memory?
K: I enjoyed the group meals, especially the pizza stop after day 3 and the Applebees meal on day 4.
S: The closing ceremony and awards and the Gearman raffle.
What did you learn about diabetes on this ride?
K: I was very impressed by the Red Riders that completed this ride. I found it a challenge to stay on top of nutrition and hydration on this ride and I do not have diabetes as an additional factor. I am very impressed with those that do not let Diabetes prevent them from living the life they want to live and are advocates for finding a cure.
S: It is a very real disease that plays a huge role in some people’s lives. People that live with diabetes are amazing people.
Would you do this ride again?
S: Absolutely yes.
Some big thank yous required. Everyone that contributed to our fundraising – a huge thanks – your $$ are going to an amazing cause. Thank you to our family and friends for supporting us and making it possible for Stephen and I to take on this time commitment. Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, and fellow riders at the Tour de Cure – New England Classic. You really are an amazing family and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you toVeloville USA for building Sir Galahad (my touring bike that performed beautifully and received lots of attention this week). Thanks to Guy’s Bicycles as my local bike shop that ensured everything was in tip top shape for the ride. Thank you to my Team Wattie Ink family and sponsors – theWattie Ink. bibs and zealios skin products in particular were a big factor in staying comfortable for 35 hours on the bike.
And finally, we completed this ride in loving memory of a family friend, Angie Boyer. Angie lived with diabetes. We named our team the Epic Ninja Butterflies, as butterflies were something Angie loved. During some challenging moments and some wonderful moments on the bike this week, I saw butterflies flying around the roadside flowers and smiled.