What other biking competition are you able to compete in and hear these phrases?:
* How many donuts did you eat? That’s IT?!?!
* “Please don’t puke in the donut station!”
* “Hey Fatty!”
Allow me to shed a little more light on the situation:
First, the Tour de Donut is a 21-mile biking race, broken down into three 7-mile laps around American Fork, UT. After each of the first 2 laps, thousands of glazed donuts are offered to the riders, with the knowledge that for every donut eaten, the rider will have 3 minutes deducted from his/her final time! (One guy had an adjusted time of 13 minutes!)
The ride was so well-organized! I’d never have guessed this was only their 3rd annual race! The race committee kept all participants updated throughout the days before the race, registration was a breeze, the shirts were a “tech” fabric (perfect for the sweating that took place in the warm sun), and the course was well marked with bright green spray paint – even marking possible hazards (ruts, dips, loose gravel) to avoid. Rules were announced over megaphones for all the riders. And multiple times we heard the reminder to NOT puke in the donut stations, please! (thank you)
As for “Fatty”, it’s an endearing nickname used by Elden Nelson’s loyal followers and friends. Elden refers to himself as: Fat Cyclist mostly due to his body size BEFORE losing so much weight with his “hobby/activity/obsession” of cycling. His inspirational blog touches on his bike races, his connection with Lance Armstrong, and cancer awareness (after recently losing his wife to the disease). So, many of his adoring fans were excited to shout his “name”.
I loved that my friend Heather competed as well. Marathons and triathlons are more her style, so today’s race was more like a ride to the bakery for her – emphasis on the bakery part. This girl ate ten donuts! TEN!! 5 at each stop. It put my measly 2 donuts to shame! 2 donuts. I know, I know. I just have this nasty habit of “appreciating” donuts, which means I eat them to savor each bite. And these donuts were good! I felt I was doing a disrespect by just shoving them in my mouth. Oh well. Did I mention that they were delicious?
Another fun competitor was Lindsay Strong, of Healthy Stride. If you haven’t seen her blog yet, go take a look and be prepared to be inspired and blown away! This gal has lost over 100 lbs through eating sensibly and exercising. You can probably guess the outcome of each of our races, based solely on the way we’re dressed.
But my favorite group competing was the people I trained with! My parents, sister, BIL and their kids – 2 of which were on their own bikes as well and pedalled their guts out. This race was the first for ALL of us (as if you can’t tell), so we were feeling pretty good just to finish! The photo above is us after the race, minus 2 (below):
(my brother and future SIL) who were having technical difficulties with the tandem bike they rented from a guy in Provo. They didn’t even get a donut! Sad There was a lot of disappointment all around.
Now, this event was not just a regular bike race with a delicious perk. It is a clever and fun way to raise funds for local projects, but this year, because of recent local events, it soon turned into a fundraising event to honor the life of Elizabeth “Bunny” Bradley, who was tragically killed after being hit by a truck while riding her bike.
A special lap was taken in honor of this beautiful woman, who was an avid cyclist herself. Local bike shops generously donated items (including a Croozer bike trailer and a lime green Townie) to be raffled, all proceeds earned to go straight to the Bunny Bradley fund. $1500 was raised through these raffle sales and donations.
Knowing we were riding for a great cause made the ride/race that much more meaningful.
Riding with my family made it fun and memorable.
Seeing my favorite “F”-word on the course made my very first ever cycling competition achievable!
And you can believe that I’ll be doing it again next year!