Lyme Grinder '20 Solo Challenge

Solo Challenge

LymeGrinder 2020 will be a solo edition series of challenge gravel rides each of the 5 weeks in May.

Due to the concerns about COVID and how difficult it will be to schedule events in the Fall and not compete with other planned events and facilities, we are truly making the LymeGrinder 2020 event DIY Grass roots gravel.

How it works: Each week, on Monday, I will post a new route and distance for you to ride along with the required photo op. You can ride the suggested route in the Strava group event or one of your own from your house. You have one week (Mon.-Sun) to ride the route, record it on you fancy schmanzy GPS/Watch/phone and upload it to Strava along with your photo. I will keep track of who completes the weekly challenge and at the end of the month figure out a prize for you. Prizes thus far are TBD but I am thinking a LymeGrinder trucker hat, some kind of socks, or chapstick, who knows. My budget is small, any donations would be happily promoted!

Join the LymeGrinder Strava group to see the suggested route and validate your ride for entry into the drawings at the end of the month, or follow the LymeGrinder 2020 Solo Edition Facebook event page.

This event is free but a big part of the purpose was also to educate and spread the word about Lyme's disease and how the MN Lyme Assoc. is working to get more doctors and other medical practitioners trained to identify and treat the horrible disease. I would encourage you to give a donation online directly through the MN Lyme Association website.

Let's have fun with this. Can't wait to see your pictures.

Week 1: 30 mile barn ride

Check in on the Strava Club Event
This week's challenge is to ride a 30 mile, mostly gravel route of your choice. You can ride the route linked in the event (starts @ Dunn Bros. in Hugo) or from your home. You MUST take a photo of a barn and include it in your Strava upload to be qualified for the month long challenge.

Week 1 wrap up and prizes!

Week 2: 40+ mile gravel ride and a photo of a farm tractor

Check in on the Strava Club Event
Take a photo of a barn and include it in your Strava upload to be qualified for the month long challenge.
For those who are interested, we will plan to meet up Saturday 5/09, 9am @ Hugo, MN Dunn Bros. to ride. Weather dependent.
Here is a suggested route: RideWithGPS - Garmin

Week 3: 50+ mile gravel ride and a photo of a lawn ornament

Check in on the Strava Club Event
Take a photo of a lawn ornament and include it in your Strava upload to be qualified for the month long challenge.
We are heading to Elk River this week! Saturday 5/16, 9am @ Twin Lakes city park in Nowthen, MN.
Here is a suggested route: RideWithGPS - Garmin

Week 4: 60 miles, plus a photo of a farm/wildlife animal.

Check in on the Strava Club Event
Remember on Saturday how I was saying I was going to move the start to Willernie because of a park and coffeeshop. Well, that's changed because the Ox Cart coffee shop is perm. closed. :(
Here is a suggested route: RideWithGPS - Garmin

Week 5: 70 miles for the grand finale.

Check in on the Strava Club Event
Meeting in the Lakeville WalMart at 9am on Sat May 30th for prizes, and we have a bunch to give away. Bring a lawn chair and face mask or buff
Here is a suggested route: RideWithGPS - Garmin

Inspiration

Our love for gravel bike riding and racing came from some of the great races in MN. The grass roots nature of Almanzo, Dickie Scramble, Lakeville-Milltown-Lakeville, and the Fiddlin’ Fifty. Pieces of each of those events have made its way into this one. Mainly the grass roots, charitable, do something good and have fun doing it.

Additionally, Paul’s wife and son were diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2017 with help from Aalfa Family Clinic in White Bear Lake. We struggle for 3+ years to figure out what all of her weird symptoms were about until the doctor finally said ‘let’s test for Lyme.’ Fortunately it came back positive and we tested our son too. Since then we have been on a difficult journey of treatment and cycles to improve their health. However, if it was not for the doctor recognizing the signs of Lyme Disease, we may still be fighting those symptoms. Riding my bike with so many people and talking about Lyme has made me even more aware of how many people are affected by this horrible disease.

We live in an epicenter of Lyme disease and need to encourage more doctors to get education on how to detect it in their patients. The MN Lyme Assoc. provides education materials, training, seminars, and support groups for those affected by Lyme disease and their doctors. Doctors can apply for grant funds to attend ILADS training through the association and our money for this event will go to further their cause.

MN Lyme is a non-profit organization that seeks to to provide a supportive environment for people affected by Lyme and other tick-borne diseases and to educate the public and health professionals in the prevention, diagnosis, and effective treatment of these diseases.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. It can involve any system in the body. The brain and central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and musculoskeletal systems are most commonly involved.

Lyme produces a wide array of symptoms. These symptoms vary from patient to patient and an individual’s symptoms often fluctuate – intense one day and almost nonexistent on another.