TGHers riding for MS

bikelogoEvery hour of every day, someone is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. So many people have or know someone who has MS that we decided to publish this on our team page.  We all have special projects and charities that are important to us, and MS is one we choose to ride for.

Why we ride:

Having multiple sclerosis means that you may suddenly have blurry vision.  Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason.  Or that you may not always be able to walk, let alone ride a bike.  The symptoms of MS are different for everyone – the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.

Here in the Pacific Northwest we have the highest diagnosis rate in the country.  No one knows why.  MS strikes most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50 and can lead to a lifetime of unpredictability.  Currently there is no cure. We want to do something for the people who are living with MS.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the Bike MS Ride to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today.  $1 will buy a public transportation ticket.  $75 is enough to pay for a basic access ramp at someone’s home.  $1800 will buy safety lifts for the family vehicle.

We can help fight this disease by simply riding a bike, something we love to do. You can help by sponsoring us on this Bike MS Ride.  And as an added bonus, every dollar we raise this will be matched by a generous donor, so your contribution will go twice as far.

Together, we are getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”

Donate by visiting our fundraising pages below:

Team page

LB’s page

Melinda’s page

Liese Anex’ page

Ruth Gustafson’s page


Sponsor Spotlight: SIGMA SPORT lights and computers


A big thanks to SIGMA SPORT for sponsoring Team Group Health this 2012-13 race season.

From our weekly Tuesday night hills rides to the 24 hour Round the Clock mountain bike race, SIGMA SPORT products keep us brightly lit with their phenomenal light.

Additionally, we are able to track our speed, distance, heart rates and more with their great bike computers.

With a goal to provide the most reliable cycling electronics while also offering the highest “value to cost ratio” in the bicycle and fitness industries, SIGMA products do not disappoint.

For the past 25 years, SIGMA SPORTS bicycle computers and award-winning lights have represented German technology at its highest level, combining innovative design with precision engineering.

SIGMA tests all their products in their in-house laboratories to withstand the harshest conditions, ensuring quality continually throughout production. No Sigma Sport product is shipped until it passes thorough inspection, leading to perhaps the lowest return rate in the industry.

Learn more about SIGMA SPORT at

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Sponsor Spotlight: Smith Optics

8952916721_1fe650e7f1_zWe’d like to thank Smith Optics for sponsoring Team Group Health during the 2012-13 race season. 

Smith Optics was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first-ever goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam In the early years, founder Dr. Bob Smith, an orthodontist by trade, made goggles by hand using dental tools, foam and glue!

With innovation at its core, Smith Optics went on to become a leader in high performance eyewear and goggles with great innovations such as the Fog-X anti-fog coating, PMT Perforated Membrane Technology lens ventilation system, patented Regulator adjustable lens ventilation system and the most innovative interchangeable lens sunglass available.

And to top it all off: they look great! TGHers are big fans of Smith Optics sunglasses of both their performance and casual lines.

Thank you Smith Optics!

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Washington Women of Cross Festival coming up!


The women of TGH like racing fast and don’t shy away from getting muddy. That’s why so  many of us LOVE cyclocross. When Fall comes around, we trade the pavement for the dirt and jump headfirst into the mud cross racing. So we are excited to help promote the recently-formed Washington Women of Cross (WAWCX) and the group’s goal to promote the sport and get more women on cyclocross bikes.

Coming up on Sunday, August 11, WAWCX will host its first event: the WAWCX Festival  and first-ever Women Celebration Race.

Held at Kenmore’s Saint Edward Park, the festival is an invitation for all women to learn about, experience and participate in the sport of cyclocross.

“The goal of the WAWCX Festival is to provide a welcoming environment to inspire, educate, and connect women to the local cyclocross community, cycling community and active women community,” said Kari Studley, event promoter and current Master World and National Cyclocross Champion.

The event will feature:

- Cyclocross expo featuring local bike shops, health and fitness resources, cycling products, and cyclocross bike demo opportunities.

- Women Cyclocross skills clinic for beginner and intermediate experience levels facilitated by local elite women cyclocross racers and teams.

- Cross-A-Thon:  a non-competitive cyclocross race simulation experience opportunity for all ages, women and men. All proceeds benefit the Evergreen Washington Student League.

- Mom Category Race:  to truly celebrate and recognize women who balance cyclocross with their other life roles, there will be a moms race! Mom categories will be based on age of their oldest child and all proceeds benefit the ultimate WAWCX Mom-of-cross, Sarah Bender and her family.

- Women Celebration Cyclocross Race:  USAC-sanction, women-only race races. This is a historic first for cyclocross!

Come join the fun!


Sponsor Spotlight: Nuun

A big thanks to our sponsor Nuun for continuing to sponsor us during the 2012-13 race season.

NuunWhen riding our bikes in training or races, we need more than just water to stay properly hydrated and that’s when many of us reach for Nuun.

A leader in active hydration, Nuun is a great tasting electrolyte-enhanced sports drink that’s available in over a dozen different flavors and contains four necessary electrolytes — sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium – but no sugars and less than 8 calories per tab!

Designed for athletes on the go, Nuun comes in small, quick-dissolving tabs, and the 12-tablet tube is small enough to fit in your jersey pocket. Just drop a tab into your water bottle and you’re good to go for the miles ahead.

Popular with athletes of all kinds, Nuun was named the number one selling sports drink tab in running and outdoor specialty.

To learn more, visit their website at

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Sponsor Spotlight: Beljum Budder

We’d like to thank Beljum Budder for sponsoring us this 2012-13 season, and keeping the ladies comfortable even after hours in the saddle.

BeljumBudder-LogoFor cyclists, few things can ruin a ride quicker than developing chafing or saddle sores. It can not only be painful, but taking time to heal those issues can keep you off the bike. Luckily, Beljum Budder provides maximum protection from chafing and other friction related problems.

Used by some of the biggest names in endurance cycling, Beljum Budder’s  highly effective formula contains a unique blend of soothing botanicals, essential vitamins and other ingredients which have been specifically designed to address the lubrication needs of the long distance athlete while eliminating some of the harsh chemicals found in other balms.

Beljum Budder delivers superior performance and comfort when needed yet easily washes clean with soap and water. It’s also paraben-free and fragrance-free!

To learn more, visit their website at

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TGH proud to be riding Liv/giant


On June 18, local representatives from Liv/giant stopped by the workplace of Team Group Health racer, Anne-Marije Rook, to personally deliver her new Envie Advanced 1 road bike.

With a mission of introducing women to “a whole new way of living,” Liv/giant is dedicated to providing female cyclists with the best products and resources to help them reach their goals.

Ridden by the world’s best female rider, Marianne Vos, Liv/giant offers a high-end performance line of road, mountain and cyclocross bikes specifically designed for women, with the brand-new Envie topping the line.

The lightweight Envie Advanced frame is handcrafted with Advanced-Grade Composite using AeroSystem Shaping technology. Each tube shape and junction was analyzed with Computational Fluid Dynamics research, wind-tunnel testing and athlete feedback to maximize the overall aerodynamic performance of rider and bike. Other new technologies applied to the Envie Advanced include its proprietary integrated SpeedControl SLR brake system. The composite reverse-position front brake and seatstay-mounted rear brake feature strategic positioning and specially designed trailing edges that help reduce overall wind drag.

As the world’s first true women-specific aerodynamic road bike, the Envie provides a shamelessly fast competitive edge for road races and time trials, and Anne-Marije is stoked to see where this bike will take her.

Since lining up for her first bike race in March 2011, Anne-Marije has raced her bike prolifically, in multiple disciplines, with great results.

Most recently, Anne-Marije took the General Classification at the Capital Stage Race after finishing second in the TT, first in the Crit and third in the road race.

She’s having a successful season, having also won Tour de Dung and Ravensdale Road Race earlier this spring.

We look forward to see her in action on the new bike!

Learn more about the Liv/giant Envie Advanced Aero Road Bike, here.

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Dreamclinic voted Best Massage in Seattle 2013!


A big congrats to Dreamclinic for winning Best Massage in Seattle 2013 on Citysearch!

This recognition is a testament that Dreamclinic is not only loved by Team Group Health but by everyone who visits them.

Founded on the belief that all people deserve to have health and well-being, and that health and well-being are achievable goals, Dreamclinic makes it their mission to provide services and education that promote a natural approach to health, with massage being an integral component.

With locations in Seattle’s Greenlake and Queen Anne neighborhoods, Dreamclinic offers a range of services including wellness and specialty massage, on-site massage, medical massage, acupuncture and wellness workshops.

Learn more about Dreamclinic by visiting

Dreamclinic on Facebook.
Dreamclinic on Twitter.
Dreamclinic on Yelp.


Slideshow: 24 Hr Round the Clock mtb race


We had a record number of 29 racers representing TGH at the 24 Hour Round the Clock mountain bike race in Spokane over  Memorial Day weekend – five five-person teams, one solo, one duo and one racer racing on a co-ed team.

It was a lot of laps and a lot of fun!

One of our five-person teams even made the podium. Team Tired, Gritty but Happy (TGH) consisting of Lisa Coyne, Ellie Booher, Ellen Ruotsala, Sarah Atwood and Anne-Marije Rook completed 20 laps for a third place finish.


Sponsor Spotlight: KEEN


We’d like to thank KEEN for continuing to sponsor Team Group Health during the 2012-13 race season, and providing us with stylish race bags and comfortable footwear to support our active lifestyles.

With a mission to create, play, and care, KEEN supports the “HybridLife” – the active life of splitting one’s time between work, play and giving back.

With HybridLife as their mantra, KEEN is committed to create solutions in their product and business practices that enable you to play anyplace at any time. They promise to care for one another and the world around them, and invite you to join them in putting on a pair of KEEN shoes, socks or a bag and dive headfirst into living a HybridLife.

On a hike in the woods, at the waterfront or at work, Team Group Health members are proud ambassadors of KEEN Footwear and their HybridLife attitude.

Learn more about KEEN at
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KEEN bags are big enough to fit a small racer!