#PMC2015 marks half a BILLION!

PMC 45 cheque

An incredible achievement!

This year marked an important Pan Mass Challenge milestone. Being $45 million dollars away from reaching a cumulative total of HALF A BILLION dollars raised, meant we had to increase our fundraising by 10% over last year – and with your help, WE DID IT!

That is a lot of money!  Curious to know how it is spent?  Click right here.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of our supporters!


Wheels Up! It’s PMC time!

Thanks so much for the generous support of the PMC!  It really makes a difference to know there is a great community of family and friends lifting you along the way from January to August especially when the training/ planning/going gets tough. For the PMC, the toughest part is often more emotional part than physical. As Kevin says, “Pain is temporary. Meeting kids with bald heads from chemo and big happy smiles under their head scarves saying Thank You, Thank You, stays with you for a long time, and it’s hard to ride with tears in your eyes”.

We are ready.

Volunteers have been preparing for the riders and we can’t wait to see them out there.  Click here to see how many pounds of peanut butter will be consumed!

Here is an account of the last week before the PMC:

While Snappy Dog was finishing up the Ragbrai ride across Iowa and making friends with the locals, Gregg, Julie and Barb traveled north to the Lobster Ride in Maine.  We could tell that they enjoyed it because they have been sporting their lobster gear ever since.
We did some Craig-tracking and learned he was not MIA, but out riding around NASA.

On Friday, a USA vs France wine taste-off fundraiser was hosted by Erika, our wine expert at the Boston Wine School and co-hosted by Joanne, Jean and I.  Joanne, who we all think should have a catering business on the side, prepared the goodies that were gobbled.  That evening we even got to taste test the PMC wine (not bad!) and the PMC beer that can be found in local stores (some proceeds go directly to the PMC).  Be on the lookout for that!

Emmaus Cycle for Shelter, was held last Sunday, a 62 mile course which left from Northern Essex Community College in Haverill.  The ride was one of the best-supported, well-organized rides around and raises money to provide the basics for homeless children and adults to begin rebuild their lives. Within the last year, this organization has placed 200 families and 80 individuals into permanent housing. Ravi, Lotika, Gregg, Julie, Barb, Eilidh, John and I rode along the coast line collecting sand on our bikes and a few more hill climbs before the big PMC weekend.

Fried Clams, My Perfect Beach day and Headwinds – as told by Joanne

Jean, Erika and I headed out from my hometown of Ipswich on a rainy Sunday morning that, thankfully, transformed into my perfect beach day – overcast, breezy and not a lot of chance for a sunburn on my pale, pale skin.  Our destination, Plum Island!

We made good time through Ipswich, Rowley, Newbury and into Newburyport, when we were slowed down by a powerful headwind (which is really a misnomer, as it’s really a “total body” wind).  PMC alum Erika told us the headwind getting to and onto Plum Island is reminiscent of the last push to P-town and I thought, “Dear God, what have I gotten myself into?”  Though, the fliIMG_1343pside of the headwind is the tailwind – and, boy, oh boy, did we like that!  Unfortunately it only lasted ~ 3 miles.

We made a quick stop at the observation tower and made our way back in the previously noted, glorious, tailwind.  Erika clocked us at 18-20 mph on that stretch, which is FAST for us!

We made our way back via a rather congested,  but short ride, through Newburypimage001ort Center (whilst encountering some unexpected odors and hills) to our REAL final destination – The Clam Box!  Jean & I shared the native fried clam plate and Erika got a cheeseburger (what?! A burger at the Clam Box?!)  The picture does NOT show the 35 minute line to order – but SO, SO worth it!   5 more days until the PMC – yikes!!!

Thanks for supporting us!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304


Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323






Christina: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191





Snappy Dog: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

Harvard plus Half a Double Nubble


Kevin, Jim, Debbie, Susan and John waiting for a glimpse of Nubble Lighthouse. Dave and Matt missed the photo shoot.

IMG_4560Sunday was an 80 mile ride from Newburyport to the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine, passing through Rye, Portsmouth to stop at Cere’s, and rolling by several beaches:  York Beach, Rye Beach, North Hampton Beach to name a few, but to be honest I had no idea where we where.  It was the second IMG_4555Nubble ride of the weekend for Dave and the Platelet Pedalers, their Double Nubble just before the PMC.  The temperature was 92F but as long as we kept moving, it wasn’t so bad.  Debbie was told she was riding a camouflage bike, we were introduced to an ice cream eating lobster and later on took in a live performance of The Little Mermaid, at least until all the french fries were gone.

On Saturday Christina, Kevin and I rode out to Harvard to tackle the hills on a cloudy but humid day.  The best part was the company and the guilt-free salt and vinegar chips!

Only a few days to go before we click in to start our 192 mile ride and it is not too late to donate!  100% of funds raised go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund:

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304



Let’s all pedal a little bit harder.


With heavy hearts, we let you know that Barb’s sister, Joyce, passed away after a long battle with cancer.  Joyce was the inspiration for the PMC team “Joie de Vivre” and would meet us at the Family Finish line each year.  We will all be thinking of her as we ride across Massachusetts in August.  Before she passed away, Joyce requested that donations in her memory be made to Barb’s 17th PMC ride. Let’s all pedal a little bit harder and help Barb reach her fundraising goal of $10,000:

Here is her fundraising link:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030


The Joie de Vivre PMC family at the Provincetown finish line a few years back. Barb is in the orange jersey and Joyce is in the cowboy hat.

On Sunday, June 14 a PMC kids ride was held in Concord and Eilidh and John volunteered to ride along and help out. We heard that Lisa’s Aiden thought the ride was a race and didn’t let anyone get near him as he sped through the course! A future racer for sure!

Here is Eilidh’s snapshot her volunteering experience:

  • two little girls quizzed me as we weaved our way down a tricky hill in traffic –  how many meters in a mile? Shall we look it up on Google?
  • a little boy engaged John in a conversation about his life and ambitions
  • one little boy told me that he has started his own construction company, and has raised a million dollars for the PMC this year – nice work:-)
  • a slightly older girl cycled incredibly slowly –  down the hill at a speed you can only go with brakes locked on for grim death. She shared that she was better at science than cycling (me too)
  • one very little boy lost a pedal, crashed his bike, scraped his arm and then had an existential crisis by the side of the road wondering grimly how could his friends leave him at a time like that? What were they thinking? Who would do such a thing? Why? Ice cream cheered him up
  • a 9 year old girl gave me honest and direct feedback that I was going too slow and she does soccer, running, field hockey, swimming and lacrosse and is a lot faster than her brother.

In preparation for our 192 mile bike ride, there has been a fundraising event at Slumbrew Brewery, some training rides, and a half marathon!

IMG_4031Though there was a torrential downpour on May 31, our Slumbrew fundraiser at the brewery was a great indoor success.  We filled that place up!  Thanks to all who attended despite the flash flood warnings and thanks to all who donated fantastic raffle prizes.  We had some very happy winners!

See some of the other action here:

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Thanks for your support of our 2015 PMC ride.  100% of funds raised go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund:

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304


Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323




19 Slices of Apple Pi


John, Eilidh, Craig, Barb, Michael, Queen of the Mountain, MC, Joanne, JR, Heather, Snappy Dog, Matt, Jean, Kevin, Lotika, Julie, Dana, Ravi, Gregg

IMG_3971The biggest group ride yet was held on Saturday with 19 folks in attendance.  As Gregg explained, there was to be a short ride (35mi) and a long ride (55mi) following the pi symbols on the road.  Easy enough.  Some of added lib, others improvised, but at the end of the day there were 19 routes and 19 tired and hungry souls with racing stripes made of pollen.

As recounted by Kevin:

19 cyclists set out from Carlisle, a day that was sunny and hot
Most of the cyclists had been training a while, a few not so much or just not.
The path was well marked and traveled by most, what in the world could go wrong?
A distraction, a moment, a mind stuck on a song
Wafting along the enjoying the breeze,
And many a missed turn along the PI path and travelers scattered with ease.
18 cyclists returned on two wheels, one came back via four.
It was day to be noted in lore.
New friends were met, new roads were explored, nothing went quite as was planned.
There were racers and sloggers, and skiers, and rowers getting miles, getting sweaty, getting tanned
On the day when the gods of Garmin and EyePhone oft were called on for aid
But the gods were gone cycling or off to the beach no matter how much we all prayed

Roads called pinnacle, summit, depot and hill all had appropriate names
Strawberry, Woodchuck, and Oak brought some pain but all gave up their gains
As uphills became downhills
and luckily no spills
As the circles were closed and the wheels all returned to the Carlisle home end of day
The burgers were good, and the beer was well earned, and the miles the price we all paid
To have friends on the path, a PMC life and a laugh, a pause about hospice to cry
for a sister, a mother, a friend or a brother. All we can do is just try.

Thanks for tagging along and supporting us!

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304



Announcing Our PMC 2015 Kick Off at Slumbrew!



No one will dispute that biking and beer go hand in hand (though, arguably not at the same time).  Joanne and Jean, Erika and I are holding our first 2015 fundraiser in the tent at Slumbrew Taproom in Assemby Row on Sunday, May 31 at 3pm!  Joanne and Jean, our two new recruits, will join the ranks of 192 miles in 2 days.  Everyone is welcome, even people we don’t know yet, so bring your friends!  Please join us for some good beer, great food, and super raffle prizes from:

IMG_3892Training update:  As you know it was a very long winter in Boston. A record snowfall delivered us with a record for spring pollen count – as everything was determined to bloom at the same time.  A short very early ride (5am, yes 5am!) with Kevin on Wednesday accumulated enough mud, pollen and tree debris from the bike path that the collection created a drag that was like riding with the brakes on.  Should have stopped at the car wash on my way home. Thank you albuterol for getting me back in one piece!

The annual half marathon with the gang is ON!  I will be shuffling along the maple farms, dairy cows and the Ottauquechee River on June 7 in hopes of making it across the finish line of the Covered Bridges Half Marathon one more time. Others joining in the fun and doing more than a just a shuffle are Joe, Joanne, Nat, Aime, The Twins, Rich & Susan and Kimberly.

And with this Team Sylvie update, we launch the blog for this season:  Kris and Heather got hitched!  Woohoo!  Congrats!

If you have read this far and been with us through last year’s PMC blog, you will know that we are hoping for good weather for this year.  For a great video of how the elements tested us last year, check this out:


Thanks for your support and generosity!  Here are our fundraising links:

Dana: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/DS0304

Erika:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Joanne: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JW0323

Jean: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JA0203

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Wow! #PMC2014

This is what we trained for (except the rain of course). Please enjoy our thoughts and photos of PMC2014.  Don’t forget to scroll down!

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“The cure for cancer will be delivered by bicycle.” – Opening ceremonies…  Kevin‘s addendum: “They neglected to mention it will be delivered in the rain. No problem!”
“It was an amazing experience – the support of people by the side of the road cheering in the pouring rain, as well as the spirit if our team mates, gave us the energy to finish” – Eilidh & John
“The cold and rainy downpours we confronted on Saturday’s leg of the journey were no doubt difficult for many of us to deal with. But it pales in comparison to the day-in-day-out havoc cancer wreaks. So we rode to help fund the research, the care, and the treatments for so many who need it. And we will ride as long as we need to.” – Snappy Dog/

“Thanks to the lady bagpipers, the little girl on the dune with a fist full of twizzlers, the cops in the intersections, and to all of you who made noise and put up signs and slathered sandwiches and pumped up tires. To the massage therapists (Sophie!) who never sat down, to the security folks (Justin!) who kept us safe, and to the cars full of folks who hung out the windows to cheer us on. All together, one more time. PMC2014.” – Dana


Thank you for your generosity! Fundraising links:

Dana:  http://www.pmc.org/profile/DS0304




Queen of the Mountain:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/CB0191

Gregg:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/GS0101

Snappy Dog:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/TM0229

Ravi:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/RP0074

Eilidh:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/SB0247

John:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/JC0474

Barb:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/BR0030

Erika: http://www2.pmc.org/profile/EF0060

Kris:  http://www2.pmc.org/profile/KL0095

Until next year!