It would be tough to top last year’s 10th anniversary celebration, but 2014 certainly did its best! Sunny warm weather on Saturday was replaced with a wet morning on Sunday, but the drizzle and overcast skies transformed quite swiftly into a gorgeous afternoon… a perfect end to the event. Team N3kk1d’s ranks were a little thinner this year, but we certainly were not lacking in team spirit… check out the photos and videos below for proof!
Team captains Steph and Sloth unveiled their usual delicious pre-tour pasta dinner on Friday evening
“No one is gonna take this trophy from us!”
Homemade bread, pasta, and mead? WOW… life is rough!
Steph tricked out the cars with festive decoration
Even the car is feeling groovy this year!
Our wonderful team… serious as usual…
Julie and Shawn grab some grub before hitting the road
Saturday morning’s ride was calm, sunny, and stunning as we wound our way down the coast of Lake Michigan
Our volunteers were in good spirits as well!
Lake Michigan was quite photogenic for our rookie riders
VIDEO: Riders take a quick break and soak in the views of our Great Lake
We enjoyed Drake’s new hair style quite a bit!
Carol, meanwhile, re-acquianted herself with Elaine’s decadent cookies at lunch
Sloth was thrilled with the cotton candy available at lunch – sugar rush, anyone?
New to the West Michigan Bike MS event this year: The Fighting Shamrocks!
The Shamrocks team really pulled out the stops with their team spirit and wonderful decorations
VIDEO: Similar to Team N3kk1d, the Shamrocks also put together custom signage
The Fighting Shamrocks’ mascot charmed numerous riders, including Sloth
We certainly hope to see these guys next year!
When a plain old “STOP” sign doesn’t work… sometimes you need to translate
It was great to have Drake back on his bike this year
VIDEO: Riders were welcomed with much hootin’ and hollerin’ at Fenn Valley
The Team N3kk1d rest stop also featured brand new signage courtesy Godwin Plumbing
Masters of snowcones and grooviness!
Cyclists certainly felt the love and peace in the air at our hippie-themed rest stop
Godwin Plumbing and Meijer allowed our team to purchase decorations and much more for our rest stop this year… thanks, guys!
James lays down some good vibes from his guitar
Couldn’t pass up a photo of the sun projecting our decorations onto the pavement!
The warmer weather prompted other cyclists to wander into n3kk1d waters
Drake just could not resist purchasing his year’s supply of Fenn Valley Winery port
We know about the Blessing of the Bikes… is there a Blessing of the Tractors as well?
Our volunteers and crew slowly made their way to the finish line to cheer on incoming cyclists
It was a good ride… but now it’s time for a nap!
VIDEO: It was inevitable… Team N3kk1d wins the “Best Rest Stop” trophy for a second year!
Steph poses with her hard-won award
Hanging out late at Skiles Tavern does have its draw-backs… such as getting up at 5am the next day…
Team N3kk1d: groggy but still smiling!
Oh great coffee… how greatly do we need thee!
Steph with our fantastic Power Partner and super-volunteer Shelley
Sloth was treated to some great views of Lake Michigan at Tunnel Park
We were very pleased to have Jake and Megan back with us on Sunday!
Sloth preps visitors for ROCK MS 2014 with his annual message at Tunnel Park
Perhaps the Loose Spokes team is ready for the tractor gathering in East Saugatuck?
Road construction on Sunday resulted in a move to Riverside Park for lunch… beautifulscenery!
Riverside Park is aptly named and offers gorgeous views of the Grand River
VIDEO: Views of waterfronts on Sunday morning along the route… no WONDER this event is so popular!
Our volunteer team expanded on Sunday with the addition of a scout group and several of our regulars
Steph’s “hippie” signs hit the mark perfectly
Even Tana’s snowcones fit the 60’s theme!
“You know you want one, Sloth! They’re delicious!”
James provided aerial decor with an endless supply of bubbles
Our award looks right at home!
We weren’t the only ones who raised the bar with decorations…
VIDEO: A classic Team N3kk1d welcome into the finish on Sunday
Elana and Sarah offer medals at Finish