It’s Podcast Day!!

Happy Friday! May came and went so fast, right?! No MS rides in May, but we bounced back from the flu, got some training rides in, and are officially ready for the Corks for MS Fundraiser and the Praxair off the Chain ride in Windsor CT this weekend (State #2- yay!). Wine and bourbon tasting tickets are still available for Saturday! Hint Hint!  That link will take you right where you need to go!

https://www.maximumbev.com/events/i7144378jf

By far the coolest thing we did in May was a few weeks ago when we ventured out to UCONN to spend some time with Peddlin’ Ron and Fran on WHUS Bicycle Talk. It just dropped on iTunes today, so check it out and share with friends. You can also tune in to WHUS or listen on WHUS.ORG.

It was definitely a first for us; lots of rules like no swearing, no prices/money, no call to action, etc so we were super careful at first with answers (ok, I was super careful- ha) but toward the end our extroverted selves were shining through (i.e. FYI – Skratch is great when you have the flu). Still can’t believe I said that. Oh wait- yes I totally can! It was great to tell our story, highlight the work we are doing for MS, and to just talk about bikes and cycling in general.

A huge shoutout and thank you to Ron and Fran for making us feel welcome and letting us share our story and what we are setting out to do! Give it a listen and spread the word!

See you in Connecticut!

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It’s Texas Time

This came to us when we realized the estimated times of arrival and distances did not have a direct relationship in Texas. For example, signs that read “1 mi to next stop” was really 0.2 Miles and a 1 mile walk to grocery store was well over 30 minutes walk. We don’t mean to throw shade, Texas. We love y’all and can’t thank you enough for everything.

Here’s some highlights of the weekend in no particular order…

Decked out in Primal Wear on our way- early flight & bike boxes all packed and ready to go.

MS cookies from the VIP dinner and expo.

Rise and shine! Day 1- Let’s do this! Time to embrace the suck!

Day 1 breakfast. $20 oatmeal with banana, berries, almond butter, potatoes, and bacon. Breakfast of champions.

Morning sunshine! 🌞 This is our MS Champion bandana. It comes with us for each ride. If you or someone you know has MS, we would love to add them to our bandana and ride for them! Please drop us a line so we can add their name! 🧡🚴🏻‍♀️

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Smiles all around- riding strong on Day 1!

Day 1 friends – Jeri and John and a slick photobomb!

🧡🧡 #iloveyouAB 🧡🧡

No. That’s typically frowned upon.

Day 1 finish line smiles! #coveringgroundtoendms #teamveloxrota #houstontoaustinonabike #defendthekit

Texas sky at the end of Day 1. Gorgeous? Absolutely. But we are sunburned like no other.

Day 2 luggage is all packed for Austin! See you at the finish line!

Thanks to the crew at the Best Western for leaving us breakfast for our 4am wake up even though it was supposed to start at 6am. Thank you for leaving the Italian some Nutella 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

Day 2 starting line with Ed and Eduardo! Starting the day with smiles all around.

Day 2 finish line smiles.😁 Nailing 60 Miles at 18mph. #PassportProgram

Finish line celebration with Mynette. Shoutout to the folk at Bike Barn for the advice on packing up my bike to get home.

Fellow TVR Tribe member Bodil who also did the ride! TVR reunion!

2 girls, 2 bikes, 50 states with one down and 49 to go! 🧡🚴🏻‍♀️🇺🇸

Don’t Mess with these 2 girls. 💪💪🚵🏻‍♀️🚵🏻‍♀️

Post 160mile feast: Interior Mexican. It’s a thing and is not to be confused with Tex-Mex. #themoreyouknow

Car ride shenanigans. And yes Rachael is stuck between 2 huge packed bike boxes and all our luggage.. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Hanging in Austin. We just missed Lance. 😮😆

One of Lance’s bikes at Mellow Johnny’s.

Caffeine.

The yellow jerseys of Lance Armstrong.

One of Lance’s bikes.

More of Lance’s bikes.

BBQ at Terry Black’s. Missing on far right is a huge pile of baked beans, shredded beef and sauce.

Austin airport waiting to board. One down 49 to go!

Thank you to all who made this possible from sponsors to donors, the MS Society, family and friends. Especially Michael Augustine, Jon Steppic, Chris Baer, and our TVR crew. We couldn’t do this without you.

To those living with MS, here’s to you. You are why we ride. Love to you all and see you when we land.

Dayle & Rachael 🧡🧡🚴🏻‍♀️🚴🏻‍♀️😘😘

BPMS150 that’s a wrap

Well we did it! One state down and 49 to go!

The adventure started early this morning at our hotel, getting packed, figuring out morning nutrition, and getting to the lobby in time to catch the bus to the fairgrounds. Our morning snack was bananas with peanut butter and Nutella…mmmm. It was a rough morning- we were exhausted last night. I was humming in my sleep 😴💤 haha.

We made our way to the luggage truck to drop off our bags and there were our bike boxes. We were so excited to see them- it was all coming together. Then it was time to head over to the Team BP tent to hang with Ed and Eduardo (HRH of Tacostan). It was a chilly morning (mainly due to the sunburns 🤦🏻‍♀️) but it warmed up once we got moving. Warm may be an understatement! Thankfully for Skratch Labs we didn’t dehydrate during the ride from sunburn on Saturday and 90degree weather (after cold and snow the week before!) We had a great clip for the day. We crossed the finish line today in 3.5 hours averaging 18 mph. Overall just a great ride.

Saw a CCG VIP jersey, and nonetheless it was Bodil Thomas, a TVR member! Convinced her to come back and ride CCG again this year.

We crossed the finish line, got our gear, took our bikes apart and made it back to Claire’s car (My sister), who also took us to Curra’s (amazing interior Mexican in Austin) and we topped off the night with some post ride treats from Voo Doo Donuts (yolo!)…mmmm old dirty bastard…mmmm (peanut butter Oreo).

Exhausted 💤 tomorrow we head to Mellow Johnny’s then home to Boston. Goodnight

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Big scary goal alert! 😆

Tomorrow morning we head to the airport for Houston. So crazy! I can’t believe the amount of support and friends we’ve made along the way and we technically haven’t started the journey yet! Had to pack everything last night and today which ended up being a white-knuckle ride with my crazy work schedule. I thought I was efficient packing last night until Tonight when Rachael pointed out my 8 sports bras and 4 pairs of cycling shorts. Huh?

Also, in what ended up being a weird day, Texas may not have happened if it weren’t for Guenther from Velofix today. He totally saved the day. I literally ran out to him in between meetings to get my bike packed. You can’t see in the picture but I’m wearing black Nikes. 😂

So back to the big scary goal…Texas is a big deal because it’s the first of the 50 states. The journey starts now. This is it. Our goal is to get our story out to500 new people by the end of the weekend. There should be 13,000 riders this weekend….170 miles on the bike. Plenty of time to make friends, right?

Good night 😘

Ain’t no sunshine…yet

SO in a week we will be in Houston at the hotel gearing up for a 100 mile ride. Outside. We’ve only been on our bikes a handful of times. I’m so excited to get out there next week and so excited for all the carbs I get to eat next week too. I have already calculated number of grams of carbohydrates per pound of weight- huge bag of sweet potatoes and oatmeal ready to go 🙂 Word is the weather in Texas has been 70s-80s during the day and cooling off at night. Sounds good! We’ll be rocking our new Tifosi shades when we are out on the road in the sun.  Huge shout out to Jorge, Ron, and Tifosi- you guys rock. We can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done. It’s been so cold, grey, and rainy there hasn’t been much of a need of sunglasses this week, but we’ll be ready for sunny Texas. Good night!

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Primal and Gratitude

Winding down after a looonnngggg day with some RHONY.  Came home to a package on the door step and at first couldn’t remember if I had ordered something from Amazon, or not. Nope.  It was Stephen from Primal Wear, who generously sent some Primal Wear swag to rock on the plane, pre-, and post-ride, and we can’t thank him enough. Thank you Stephen!!  We’ll definitely be rocking our Traceuse hoodies, Source cropped leggings, and tanks in Texas next weekend. And watch out when our new Primal TVR kit arrives – so exciting. As I write this, I am wondering how to incorporate the hoodie into casual Friday 🙂

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But seriously, I am taking a few minutes tonight to reflect on how crazy the past few weeks have been while this has all come together. The support and help that people have offered to make this happen is insurmountable. And so fast. If you’re out there reading this…thank you!