Build base, strength, and power and help a GREAT cause!

Hate winter training, but also hate the sluggish feeling in the spring?

Want to learn how to train more effectively?

Want to be a better, faster, stronger rider?
Want to ride with Phil’s Phriends?

Cycling Fusion is a great start-up that is changing the face of indoor cycling. They are offering a 12 week winter training starting in January that will get you in shape and ready for next season without leaving the comfort of your own home!

Anyone can take the class, beginners, advanced, you just need a trainer or indoor cycling bike and an internet connection.

You get 30 hours of instruction from experts in the industry, a tool to log and evaluate your workouts, increasing ride time, and cross training for $299 and 30%-50%** of the fee is donated to  Phils Phriends 2013 PAN MASS CHALLENGE. (Use PMC2013 as your coupon code to have a portion donated)!

The classes are live on Saturday mornings, then rebroadcast on Sunday, Monday  and Tuesday.  Starting Wednesday classes are available on demand and you can take the class when you want!

This is your opportunity to ride with us, support a wonderful cause, and get in shape!

To sign up:

Go to Cycling Fusion Winter Training and click on the sign up today button.

Then from the Train at Home, select either one lump sum of $299 or you can select to pay in installments.

VERY IMPORTANT: in the coupon code use the “PMC2013” to make sure your registration qualifies for a generous donation by Cycling Fusion.

Check out the short video about Winter Training:

**Cycling Fusion is proud to have Phils Phriends and the PMC as the pilot Fundraising program, amounts are subject to change for future years.

Download the PDF brochure here:


With the permission of the family, we share the story of one rider’s commitment in the face of a dire diagnosis.  Her story was relayed to us by Billy Starr and is shared here verbatim. It certainly moved me and I believe it will move you as well.

The story is part of the fabric of our PMC culture and the reveals the bittersweet nature of our work and underlies the reason why we ride.

Three years ago, at the age of 37, Traci Blais Thomassen, of Pawtucket, RI was the picture of health. She ate right, exercised regularly and even placed in her age bracket in a few road races. So, when she went to the emergency room for pain and swelling in her abdomen she fully expected to walk out with a clean bill of health.

Instead, Thomassen was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer which had spread to her intestine and lungs. An emergency hysterectomy followed and Thomassen spent the next three weeks in the hospital.

Before she was diagnosed with cancer, Thomassen had registered to ride the 2009 Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. But after the diagnosis and surgery, riding the 50-mile Wellesley to Wellesley route seemed impossible. “Someone had already donated to my ride,” said Thomassen. “To earn their donation I had to at least get on my bike.”

Thomassen said that if she could make it out of the parking lot she would feel like she had participated but she first needed to be assured she could at least do that. She cautiously mounted the bike. “It was a miracle,” she said. “I could ride, I could move, it was amazing.” The freedom she felt while riding was so liberating Thomassen rode every day that week for a total of 75 miles.

By the time of the event she was ready. With her brother Mark beside her and her brother Kevin’s van in front of her, fully equipped with food, drinks and a port-a-potty because “people on chemo shouldn’t be using public rest rooms,” she pedaled the entire 50-mile route. The experience was so rewarding that Thomassen signed up for the 89 mile route in January, 2010 believing it would be easy because her treatment would be over.

As summer began, however, the cancer resurfaced and she found herself in her third round of chemo on PMC weekend. Once again she rode and once again she completed her goal.

Thomassen was signed up to ride in PMC 2011 and agreed to be one of the riders highlighted through our media efforts. Just 10 days before PMC 2011, Starr received an email from Traci that was stunning and chilling, in its clarity, grace and tone of finality. She wrote:

Hi! I have news to report, although it’s not my happiest ever. I have developed a blood borne infection we believe at the site of my PICC line. And I have made the decision not to be treated for the infection. We believe the sepsis will take over within the next few days and that I will not live to participate in this year’s PMC ride. Thankfully, my fundraising is well on its way, and my team (Team Bike Heroes) will still put together a fantastic effort. I know this isn’t what we were originally thinking, but I would suggest that it would still be possible to do a story on our team, which we anticipate will be riding in my memory this year.. Thanks so much for all of your work with this. I’m sorry it isn’t working out so that I can participate in the campaign directly. I still feel strongly that it’s such a good cause, and I hope it works out that a team story would still be of interest.

Be well.

Traci Was a PMCer, about to lose her life to cancer, passing the baton and wishing us well? Sadly, she was. This week, Don Thomassen said a final good-bye to his wife, Traci. People like Traci Blais Thomassen, whose composure and clarity are rare, motivate us all. In memory of Traci and so many others lost to cancer, we share this story.

In 2011, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge will team up with WCVB-TV Channel 5, Boston’s top rated news station as its media partner. Coverage will begin early in the summer on “NewsCenter 5” as well as on the station’s website, In addition, a special edition of “Chronicle” will air on Friday, August 5, the eve of this year’s Pan-Mass Challenge.

“Our partnership with WCVB will create the opportunity to bring our cause to more people, grow our ridership and our donor base and ultimately raise more money for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund,” said PMC Founder and Executive Director Billy Starr.

The Pan-Mass Challenge, which is set for August 6 & 7, 2011, is the most successful athletic fundraising event in the nation. It raises two to three times more money for charity than any other and it contributes 100 percent of every rider-dollar raised directly to the cause. Since 1980, the PMC has raised and contributed $303 million to Dana-Farber.

“We will be proud to bring the stories of those who ride and raise money for cancer research to the public and increase exposure for the event,” said WCVB President and General Manager Bill Fine. As part of its sponsorship, the station will air an hour-long PMC kickoff show on Aug. 5.

The new sponsorship replaces a longtime relationship between the PMC and NECN. “NECN was a tremendous help in increasing public awareness about the PMC and we are grateful for their 12 years of support,” Starr said.

From the Boston Globe on Monday, September 6, 2010:

Like she does most every night, Karyn Slomski gathered her young children close to her and read to them — first a story about a day of kindergarten for her 4-year-old daughter, Maggie, then Dr. Seuss for 6-year-old Brendan.

This storytime was different than the rest. It was recorded on video, intended as a living memory.

On the day of filming in August, Slomski hadn’t told her children yet, but she was dying and had only weeks to live. They knew their mother is sick, that something called cancer has ravaged her body over the past four years. But they don’t yet know she will soon be gone.

“I want them to be able to see me when I’m gone, to see us all together as a family,’’ said Slomski, 38, as the videographer prepared for the session. “I wanted something more than pictures, for them to remember me. And to remember how happy we all were.’’

So for 90 minutes in front of the camera, the Slomskis huddled close on the couch in their sunlit living room in Auburn. Karyn Slomski read, laughed and talked with her children, reminisced with her husband, and declared her love for her family and the life they’ve had together.  She created this video as a lasting memory.

Slomski died yesterday.

Here is an excerpt from the video:

The PMC ride is 192 miles long, and it’s the largest athletic fund-raising event in the country. But it’s the little people who make the big difference.  For the last two years, we have ridden in honor of our pedal partner Emily.  In the video below, you can see what that is all about.  And it even features Emily and our teammate Scott Young.

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Here’s a glimpse at our latest ride:

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For those of you attending our event Friday night (April 9) at Showcase Live, here is the 2010 Loud Music/Silent Auction brochure: