During the 2009 MS Challenge Walk in Door County, both Sloth and Steph were invited by several individuals to take part in the Wisconsin Chapter’s Bike MS tour. Unlike Michigan, Wisconsin hosts only one bike tour to raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; with all of its resources concentrated on one event, our neighbors across the pond really put on a show. It works, too: the tour raised one and a half million dollars. We decided to both ride and volunteer this year to get a taste of both worlds; check out our photo and video report below!
Kelly, a Challenge Walk veteran, put us up at her home the night prior to the tour.
Sloth biked with Team Wendy, a Grand Tier team which raised more than $65,000!
Team Wendy’s 70 team members await at the starting gate…
Sloth’s Team N3kk1d garb seems a little out of place within the ranks of Team Wendy
VIDEO: Team Wendy embarks!
Volunteers feed and water the more than 1,800 cyclists and volunteers at Rest Stop One
Good luck to any vehicle attempting to get through this morning…
Dorothy blew in for the tour as well. Dig the cymbal-clapping monkey on the back of the bike!
Toto keeps Dorothy’s bike safe while he’s at lunch.
A new inductee to the Team N3kk1d family?
VIDEO: The rest stops on Day One were entertaining indeed!
Willy Wonka’s Rest Stop gets Sloth’s vote for “Best Rest Stop Theme.”
Willy herself was charming and all smiles, just as she should be!
“Golden Tickets” were available for the top fundraisers, as well as plenty of candy…
Were the Oompa Loompas really this cute?
MMMMmmmMMMmmm… Scrumpdiddlyumptious cyclists…
Use the Force you will when raising money for MS!
Only imperial stormtroopers are so precise with their ice-bottle rub downs…
Amanda from the Challenge Walk was a rest stop captain at the bike tour. (So adorable!)
VIDEO: Witness the glory of the finish line festivities!
Steph shows us her unique style at the Team Wendy party tent
Sloth carefully documents every details for his report back to the Michigan Chapter
These Team Wendy volunteers are hot and spicy!
Wendy and her family were truly an inspiration.
Kelly and Jim brighten up the Team Wendy party tent
More Challenge Walk volunteer reunions!
VIDEO: Chapter president Colleen Kalt brings it all together at Saturday evening’s program
The program ended with a fun, funky cover band who rocked the house late into the night…
“Peace out, Wisconsin! Time for bed!”
VIDEO: For Sunday, Sloth and Steph transformed into volunteers after a hearty breakfast.
The tour suddenly takes a bizarre turn…
Art was our volunteer station captain. A fearless leader indeed!
Good time to be a volunteer: cyclists on Sunday were very tired and very wet!
A view from a rest stop… ahhhhhh, Wisconsin…