So it’s been way to long since the last post and I really need to get into the habit of posting more frequently.

Some exciting news for Bike MS this year! Phil Keoghan, the host of the Amazing Race is riding during Bike MS  this year! I’m a big fan of the Amazing Race and it’s the only reality show I actually watch and one year, my brother and I applied to be on it but sadly, we never made it to the interview process.

Anyway, this is so exciting, at least I think so! He’s going to be riding a tandem bike with a participant who has MS. I don’t think Phil has any connection to MS but he got involved with the National MS Society in 2006. In 2009, Biked Across America, starting in Los Angeles and riding 3,500 miles, ending in New York. The Ride is a documentary about Phil’s 40 day, 3,500 mile cycling journey.

Read more about Phil’s involvement here.

By the way, we totally get to meet Phil during the packet pick up!!

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Jeff, Holly’s oldest son took the initiative and created Team Fiesty for Bike MS Pedal to the Point. Here are event details.

Dates: Sat.-Sun. August 4-5, 20120

Five route options:

  • 30 miles – Saturday only
  • 75 miles – Saturday only
  • 100 miles – Saturday only
  • 150 miles – Saturday-Sunday
  • 175 miles – Saturday-Sunday

The longest route, 175 miles, includes an extra 25 miles known as the Kent Clapp Extra Lap. From what I heard from the Humble brothers, the Kent Clapp Extra Lap is uphill, uphill, uphill and more uphill. I’m sure it doesn’t compare to County Road 6 from the Pan Ohio Hope Ride. If I can tackle County Rd. 6 on a blazing hot day at the end of July, you can do the Kent Clapp Lap. Think of how awesome you’ll feel after cycling 100 miles.

Start/Finish: Brunswick High School 3581 Center Rd, Brunswick, Ohio 44212

Registration fees: 

  • Through Jan. 31: $20
  • Feb. 1 – April 30: $45
  • May 1 – June 15: $60
  • June 16 – July 31: $75

Minimum fundraising: $250

Both myself and Jeff have joined Team Fiesty. If you’re a NEW rider to Bike MS, use the promo code NEWRIDER2012 and registration is free (I’m pretty sure).

Once we have a solid team, we can work out carpooling and those fun details.

Welcome to Team Fiesty Fights MS!

Team Fiesty was born this summer after my boyfriend’s family found out their mom was diagnosed with MS. Andy and his brothers have participated in the Ohio Buckeye chapter National MS Society’s Bike MS a couple of years but this past summer, Andy, his oldest brother Jeff and myself cycled in the Pan Ohio Hope Ride, a 328 mile, 4 day cycling event from Cleveland to Cincinnati. I had never participated in anything like that before and a couple of half marathon’s were the only endurance events I participated in. I got a hybrid bicycle for my birthday in February and wasn’t quite sure what I was in for.

I’ll recap the POHR 2011 in a later post but wanted to mention it because after cycling for four days straight, I know I can do Bike MS Pedal to the Point and even do the extra 25 miles on day 1.

Here’s photo of me, Andy and Jeff from POHR.

We can now register teams so if you want to be part of Team Fiesty, please let me know by Sunday, Feb. 19. Also, we want to find a sponsor, so if there are suggestions, please leave in comments or send an email to TeamFiestyFightsMS@gmail.com

Happy reading and I’ll update soon!