2011 brought the West Michigan Bike MS Tour together as we hit pavement in memory of our friend Kevin Degen, who passed away in August 2010. It is an understatement to say that Kevin was an inspiration to many; more accurately he was the rock star of the West Michigan Bike MS event. As a tribute to our friend, Team N3kk1d designed limited edition Kevin Degen team tees this year, and many of our cyclists tackled the Century Loop, adding 25 miles onto the route. Knees were aching, but our spirits were high! Check out Sloth’s View From a Bike Seat video and our plethora of photos below! (NOTE: Movie clips require Windows Media Player for viewing.)
Team N3kk1d: serious as ever…
Our weekend volunteers joined us for a second team photo on day two
MMMmmmmMMM… breakfast at Hope College… yum!
There’s some wellness and nutrition for you…
Plenty of fog and humidity in the morning on day one… but better than rain!
Matt and Carol pedal through the otherworldly mist…
Hey… nice t-shirts, guys! Where did you get those?
Steve still possesses cycling super-powers, even after 23 years with the tour!
Carol and Sloth are two teammates joined at the hip!
Our “newbie” Julie… soooooo adorable!
Father and son show off their intricate synchronized stretching technique
The MS Society gives props to Elaine for all of her hard work at the lunch stop every year…
This year Elaine chose a Halloween theme… her whole family was gourd out their minds! (Bah-dum CHING!)
Is Roger l337 enough to chill with Team N3kk1d? Awwwww yeah!
Elaine’s husband hangs out with one of the scariest lunch stop team members of all…
Marnie discovers the perks of having your very own volunteer team: personalized ice cream! Yum!
AhhhHHHHhh… the Team N3kk1d rest stop spread!
Julie, Steph, and James show off their volunteer coolness factor!
Momma Drake joined the volunteer team for two days this year, dishing out plenty of ice cream and motherly love!
Sloth admits that his adoration can easily be bought by tasty treats…
Team N3kk1d’s very own hippie musician!
Team newbies Jake and Brian take a stretch break…
Mr. and Mrs. Reno! So cute you just want to take them home…
Kyle soaks up the sun at the Team N3kk1d rest stop on day two
Our lovely volunteer team captain!
Sloth and Julie: a spunky, outrageous, and dangerous combination!
Team N3kk1d is now fortified with lubrication and inflatables
The ladies and their menfolk!
Steph and Heather show how easy it is to wine about a good time…
Heather puts in her work toward team insobriety
Wine tasting takes away the aches and pains of the road!
VIDEO: Beware the flying WOOT monkey!
Something you don’t see on the tour very often: landscape sketches!
Our Century Loop cyclists swing into finish with plenty of time to spare! Whoooo hoooo!
The Century Loop pin looks right at home with our team logo
Ahhhh… showered and ready for dinner after a long day of work!
The team hits Skiles Tavern for well-deserved brews and delicious pizza
Drake shows off his designer t-shirt pride
Our yearly message at Tunnel Park: more props to our buddy Kevin
Roger manages to squeeze into just one more team photo!
If you don’t have a teddy bear and you need to take a nap… use what you have…
Even on a bike tour, Matt just couldn’t resist the allure of a garage sale!
Heather was a huge fan of the finish line noisemakers!
Team N3kk1d kicks in 150 miles! Well done, guys!
Time for some well-deserved barbeque!
Heather hits it off well with the other girls volunteering at finish