A little background about the ride before we get into it all.
This ride is in support of the ALS Therapy Development Institute (TDI) and their mission to find an effective therapy for ALS. The Tri-State Trek began in 2003, when 16 cyclists pedaled from Boston to New York and raised about $30k for ALS research. The event has since grown to 300 participants, raising over 3 million dollars. People ride to see changes in medical science, and the spectators who cheer them on with cowbells let them know they’re not alone on their bikes. This year, our team was able to raise over $75,000 to help support ALS TDI in their fight to find a cure for this disease!
My 250 mile bike ride began at 5am at Boston College. You may recall my awesome idea of riding 150 miles for charity with Bike MS a few months back. But what you probably didn’t realize was that I decided to do another 100 miles on top of that the day before. My plan was to do the 1 day, 100 mile ride from BC to UConn on Friday and then the 150 mile ride from Boston to the Cape on Saturday and Sunday. Smart.
Hands down one of the greatest things about charity rides is the unlimited food. From start to finish, there is literally an endless supply of treats to power you along. You don’t have to worry about carrying extra food or supplies because they take care of everything. The morning started with this awesome pre-ride breakfast with your usual spread of fruit, bagels, and coffee. I was really happy they had coffee.
People puttered around for awhile filling bottles and fueling up so once everyone got enough to eat and drink we were off on our 100 mile trek to UConn.
The ride encompassed one of the most scenic routes I’ve ever been on. We took back roads all the way down to Connecticut so there weren’t many cars on the roads.
Another great thing about these rides is that they are fully supported with SAG (support and gear) vehicles driving up and down the routes. That and people tend to get spread out along the route so you’re never really alone during the ride. If you fall behind you can always just join up with another group as they come along.
Every 15-20 miles, there were rest stops staffed by awesome volunteers stocked with tons of drinks and food. They pretty much had anything and everything you could want at these stops.
My favorite things were the beef jerky and the marshmallow PB&J’s. I must have had 20 or so of these sandwiches throughout the day.
And of course the buckets upon buckets of Grillo’s pickles. These were not only ice cold and refreshing but they were also a good source of salt during the ride.
The ride was pretty straight forward. We stopped at every stop mainly for the sandwiches and pickles and moved along at a casual pace (it was a ride, not a race). My favorite stop was in front of this old barn. Most teams stop and take a picture in front of it so naturally being Team America, we had to stop for a group photo.
And this was us hopping off the road for a quick picture as we passed into Connecticut.
And finally, after a long and hot 102.5 miles, we made it to UConn. Though the marshmallow PB&J’s and pickles were awesome during the ride, I was ready for some real food and beer.
Luckily, they were still serving burgers from lunch so I grabbed one as an appetizer before dinner.
And of course the unlimited free beer. That was one of my main motivators throughout the entire ride.
After everyone make it to UConn, we proceeded with dinner! I’m not sure what I got exactly but it was basically a bunch of chicken and veggies. I was so hungry I didn’t really care what I was eating.
Also, another great thing about UConn is their creamery. All of their dairy is produced right on campus so I was excited to try their ice cream. I got the cookies and cream and the black raspberry and they were both out of this world.
And after a long day of eating and riding, I took the bus straight back to Boston for my two day ride to the cape. I wasn’t about to let me pride and joy ride in the luggage compartment so I buckled it up in the seats next to me.
Here is the map and stats for those of you wondering. The distance looks far more impressive when you look at it on the map.
All in all, it was an awesome experience. Everyone is so passionate about finding a cure for this disease so it really put’s the whole ride in perspective. I will definitely be back next year for all 3 days. And with that, stay tuned for my next post on my Bike MS ride to the Cape!
Thanks for reading!