For 10 years I was on the management side of cycling events and never once got on a road bike. I spent years helping corporations start cycling teams to raise money for multiple sclerosis at the BikeMS and even more time working with communities across the state to ensure Ride The Rockies participants felt welcome, fed and entertained after riding each day. I was also fortunate to be part of the staff that created Pedal The Plains along with the Governor’s Office five years ago.
People always asked why I didn’t I ride. The answer was easy…spandex. My body was not built for them so no thank you! About a month after “retiring” from the cycling industry I was gifted a road bike and thought it’d be rude not to try it so, on went the spandex. And I was hooked.
After achieving the first goal of actually getting on a bike, my next goal was to do a multi-day ride - but I wasn’t quite ready for Ride The Rockies. Pedal The Plains (PTP) seemed like the perfect fit an in 2012 I convened a group of friends to sign up to ride the plains. While PTP did a great job of offering educational stops and aid stations, they were missing one thing along the route…beer! Our entrepreneurial team created our own aid stations by stopping at local bars to hydrate with a few beers. Other cyclists started to follow us and before you knew it we had our first spandex party in a small bar between Yuma and Burlington. And that was just the beginning.
In 2013 it was time to take it to the next level and that is how Team Variety Pack (TVP) was born! The name is not only because we drink beers along the way but also because there are a variety of people on the team. I am proud to say that many great friendships have been built because of TVP. At this new level, I decided that in addition to our team name we should look like a team. With this new goal of looking good, I was able to pull together enough sponsor dollars to pay for full cycling kits for the team - and that made us official!
Because of our awesome group of riders and unique logo, other riders started to take notice and ask who we were. I’d like to think that we have built a reputation of being a fun, beer loving but hard riding team! Since our small inception in 2012, we have grown in numbers each year and now have an official beer man that sets up beer stops along the route in addition to a team dance, a dedicated Team Committee and our very own website. Can't get much more official than that!
Are you interested in joining or supporting us? We welcome a variety of riders (ages 21+ suggested) and there are a number of ways to sponsor TVP. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask...GO TVP!