2016 Ride Events

NEW THIS YEAR : Mountain biking! For real. It's time to shake things up and go off-road.

Listed here are on my radar for 2016. Most I've done before. I'll update the list as I make firm commitments.

It's possible I'll ride a 12th PMC with Chip this year -- though it's not definite. We do have The Harpoon Point to Point on the calendar this year, and I'd like to head out to California of the Undefeated EOD Ride if it happens year. (If it does, I'll likely skip the PMC.)

The smaller charity rides I participate in make the larger events possible. It keeps my training momentum going and helps me stay focused -- while raising money and awareness for organizations that receive little fanfare. Each charity is special, and I could not participate in any of these rides without your support. It all comes together for a really spectacular finish in the Fall.

What's in the pipeline for 2016?

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

Date: February 13-14, 2016
Fundraising: None
Website: http://www.epicrides.com
Team: Vanderkitten VIP
Ride Category: MTB 24 Hour Relay

Description: The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo is a raucous 24 hour celebration of mountain biking culture in Tucson's Sonoran Desert, and is one of the largest 24 hour mountain bike events in the world. Our team of Vanderkitten VIP Elite includes Michelle French (captain), Ami Weiss, Sandrine McFadden, Echo Rowe, Addie Teo, Shannon Holden, and myself, along with VK honorary Manderkittens Eric Alikpala and Wil Matthews.

North Shore Tour de Cure (Tentative)

Date: May 22nd, 2016
Fundraising: $200 minimum for the American Diabetes Association
Website: http://tour.diabetes.org
Team Page: SpiderOne Racing
Ride Category: Charity

Description: The North Shore Tour de Cure is a one-day event for the American Diabetes Association, bringing together cyclists of all ages and levels. With four route options - from a 15 mile ride through quiet back roads to the more challenging 100 mile Gran Fondo, an epic ride throughout the North Shore. (32 and 64 mile route options are also available.) There is something for everyone.

Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Festival

Date: June 12-13th, 2016
Fundraising: None
Website: http://www.patspeak.com/summer/bike.html
Ride Category: Cat 3 XC

Description: The X-Country Challenge at the Pat's Peak Mountain Bike Festival is a competition held on a circuit course consisting of wooded trails, fields, unpaved roads, obstacles consisting of roots, rocks, streams, steep inclines and descents testing a racer strength and technical ability.

Route 66 Mountain Bike Series

Date: Spring/Summer
Fundraising: None
Website: http://www.root66raceseries.com
Team: Vanderkitten VIP
Ride Category: Cat 3 MTB

Description: The Route 66 Mountain Bike Series is a made up of 12 cross-country mountain bike races and 2 marathon races held at different venues throughout New England between April and mid September. I've tentatively committed to three races this summer -- dates/races to consider are Hop Brook on April 10, Millstone Grind on May 15, Pats Peak XC on June 12, Domnarski Farm on June 19 and MTB Assault at Al's on July 10.

Rapha 100K

Date: July TBD
Ride Category: Club ride with Ride Studio Cafe

Description: The Rapha Women's 100 was a global event of women riding 100k on the 7th of July, 2013. The ride coincided with the international company Rapha, (a performance cycling clothing company), sending 100 women to ride the Etape du Tour -- an event allowing amateur cyclists to ride a stage of the Tour de France.

Locally, the metric century was held by Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington.

Note: I love this ride leaving Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, heading west into Massachusetts towards Mt Wachusett with some terrific girls. Great ride.

Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (On Hold)

Dates: Saturday, August 6th & 7th, 2016
Fundraising $1000-$5,000 depending on the route
Website: www.pmc.org
Ride Category: Charity

Description: The PMC is a pioneer in the athletic fundraising event industry and today raises more money for charity than any other in the country. On August 3 and 4, 2013, 5,500 cyclists will travel one of 11 routes, logging between 25 and 190 miles over one or two days, through 46 Massachusetts cities and towns. Their collective goal is to raise $38 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund and bring the organization's 34-year fundraising total beyond $400 million.

Note: I took a break from the PMC last year after 11 straight years -- but would like to return and ride with Chip at some point. At 14, he is eligible to ride the 50 mile route open to teens, and we'll have a combined fundraising requirement of $1500. Thanks for your continued support!

Harpoon Point to Point

Date: August 13, 2016
Place: Windsor, VT
Fundraising: 115 mile ride, $150 ($80 registration.); 50 mile ride $150 ($60 reg.); and 25 mile ride $50 (with $50 reg.).
Website: www.harpoonpointtopoint.com
Ride Category: Charity

Description: The Harpoon Point to Point is a challenging ride in Vermont's Connecticut River Valley,  raising funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Route options include a 115 mile ride from Williston, 50 miles from Bethel or 25 miles from Windsor. All riders will find a beautiful course and great support along the way. Everyone finishes and celebrates together at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor with hot showers, fresh beer, live music and a delicious BBQ!

Note: Last year's was my fifth Point to Point for the Vermont Foodbank, and I had a blast chasing Rich and Chip -- who patiently waited for me at the top of the Brownsville-Hartland climb. Thanks, boys! This is a great ride in the foothills of Mt Ascutney, where our family has owns a summer lodge, and Vermont is special to all of us. The ride is sometimes challenging -- along beat-up country roads and with a few long climbs -- but it's a terrific ride for a great organization.

Farm to Fork Fondo

Date: August 28, 2016
Place: Freeport, ME
Website: www.farmtoforkfondo.com
Ride Category: Fondo

Description: The Maine Farm to Fork Fondo is the latest venture in Wrenegade Sports line-up of fondo events, (which also includes rides in Vermont, Pennsylvania and the Hudson Valley), highlighting and supporting the distinctive local agriculture of the region. The ride visits several farm "aid-stations" along the route, (click here for a list of participating farms), stocked with locally-sourced treats. The ride concludes with a post-ride Maine lobster bake and farm to fork barbecue.

Ride for Angels (Tentative)

Date: September TBD
Location: North Andover
Website: http://www.angelflightne.org/
Ride Category: Charity

Description: The Ride for Angels raises funds and awareness of Angel Flight NE's mission. All donations benefit Angel Flight Northeast, a non-profit organization that provides free flights in private aircraft by volunteer pilots, for persons who need access to medical care or have other compelling needs. Angel Flight NE brings hope and compassion to what can be a difficult time in a person’s life. There is never a charge for an Angel Flight!

The Undefeated/EOD Ride (Tentative)

Date: October 2016
Location: San Diego, California
Mileage: Just under 200 miles
Fundraising Commitment: $1,000 minimum, benefiting the Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation
Website: http://EODride.org
Ride Category: Charity

Description:  The Undefeated 2 Day Bike Ride is a 2 day, approximately 200 mile ride benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation.

EOD stands for Explosive Ordnance Disposal -- or more simply described as the disarming and disposal of bombs. (The military's bomb squad). EOD Technicians are highly trained members serving across all branches of our armed services, (Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force), and assist in complex special operations missions. EOD Techs serve in one of the most dangerous jobs in our military, and willingly put themselves in harms way to protect their fellow service members and civilians.

The EODWF serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support for active duty and veteran wounded, ill or injured EOD warriors, as well as to the families of the fallen.

Note: I've written about this ride more extensively elsewhere in the blog and hope you will lend your support in any way you can. The 2103 ride was an incredible experience and it would be an honor to ride with, and raise money for, these amazing warriors a second time. (I just need your support.)