Le Tour de Couch Potato is in the Rear View

Hard to believe but alas, it is true

Le Tour de Couch Potato is in the rear view

Potatoes were pedaling, away they did fly

176 told the century mark goodbye

Heat and humidity were there along the way

But neither could stop us from coming to play

We watched the battle between Decap and Swisher Sweet

Over 800 miles each did complete

They’re two of many out playing our game

To see more potatoes, check our hall of fame

I also hear tale of a potato who got mashed

Fortunately, he still finished with a splash

There are 91 potatoes who now go by DUD SPUD

Signed up but didn’t finish, maybe next time, Bud

We hope you’ll join us for Le Tour next year

It’s number 13, but never fear

It will be lucky for all who join us to ride

Just remember the rules by which we abide

That’s all for this time, thanks so much for playin’

We had a lot of fun; hope you did – we’re prayin’

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

 

 

 

2022 In The Books

Thanks / Gracias / Danke / Etc

Yesterday was the final pedaling day and today was final mileage submitting day. Who else is going through withdrawals on logging mileage? On behalf of all of us at Couch HQ, thank you for joining us on this annual event: we love having you along for the ride.

29,034 total miles

Congrats to our new “official” potatoes who came in after yesterday’s call out:
Fine Girl Tater, Papas Marianas, Flower Power Potato, Swimming Spud, Tuber Effect, Harley Taterson, Lenko Latkes & Road Rash Tater

What’s Next for Potatoes?

Madam Tuber is working on her final blog post – if you haven’t joined us before or forgot what’s coming, buckle in for this one. As if her daily blogs weren’t fun & inspiring enough, just wait for the LTdCP End-Of-Tour Poem! We’ll update our Hall Of Fame and our annual stats – then we’ll take a breather from the Tour.

Keep In Touch!

We have a growing group on Strava, for those of you who use that app – search for Le Tour de Couch Potato and connect with potatoes in the off season. Send your feedback to us via email – and most important: tell your friends to join the Potato Movement. The countdown to LTdCP 2023 has begun.

Mark your calendars & thanks again, Duchess Potato & all of us at Couch HQ

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Closing Out Year 12

As we close out our 12th year and with only a few hours left to pedal, we’re celebrating 12 potatoes who made it official. Remember, you can pedal up to midnight (Eastern Time) tonight if you aren’t done yet. Log all your miles before midnight tomorrow!

Tot Tilla is over the line with 110 miles and a new magnet.

Kartoffel Kaiser is not only getting a new magnet but I’m going to have to work on a new name. She got 105.8 miles, ate a bug and had a bug fly in her ear. It is noted that Helmer Spud finished first but Kartoffel Kaiser finished with more miles.

Eveready Yam is always ready for Le Tour and finished again this year, this time with 104.7 miles so another magnet for him. Yom Yam is not far behind with 104.3 miles to show for her pedaling efforts.

Tater Mountain reports in with another Le Tour de Couch Potato completed and 102.6 miles. With the same number of miles and another magnet is Hot Potato checking in also with 102.6 miles. Only a tenth back is Potayto Potahto is over the century mark with 102.5 miles.

Happy to report after much traveling, Bubba Spud has earned magnet number 12, keeping up the tradition with her two aunts. She’s logged 102 miles.

Tuberski finished up today with 100.7 miles and another magnet – still pedaling with the kids?

Making sure I don’t make fun of them at work are Yamaican (100.6 miles), Pro-Craft-in-Tater (100.5 miles – work by association) and New Spudsation (100 miles).

Congratulations to our newest potatoes. Any others who finish before midnight tonight will get a shout out in the final report on Wednesday, July 27.

As of now, 43 potatoes started but haven’t finished yet, some with less than 10 miles to go. We’re over 28,300 miles pedaled.

I’m also looking at these 57 potatoes on the couch. Definitely some DUD SPUDs in training. We’ll see how many of the remaining 43 who started are going to join them.

Potato Happenings:

Stormin’ Spud rode the first day of RAGBRAI today and the Couch Potato helped with training.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

And Then There Was One

One Day To Pedal, That Is – yep, we have one day to pedal, potatoes. Remember, pedaling ends tomorrow at midnight. All miles MUST be entered by midnight on July 25th.

Spud Drowsy leads our pack of potatoes over the finish line today with 128.1 miles.

Erin Loves Spuds made her final ride over the finish line a fun one, despite the flat tire and wraps up with 105.4 miles and a thank you to her biking bud, Later Tater.

The most fun part of Helmer Spud’s 102.9 miles was beating Kartoffel Kaiser to the finish line – we know she’ll get there though and is there a name change in the works?

Robert Bakes Potatoes and Pig-Pen Potato have finished with exactly the same mileage. They both check in with 101.97 miles, exactly.

Spuddy Holly is over the line for another magnets, hit the century mark with 100 miles, bringing our total number of potatoes over the line to 156.

We have pedaled over 27,400 miles and have 55 potatoes who have started but are still not over the line. Hopefully most of them will make it tomorrow. Several of those are within 20 miles of the finish line and a couple of those work with me – you don’t want to hear about it for the rest of the year, do you?

I’m also looking at these 57 potatoes on the couch. Definitely some DUD SPUDs in training. We’ll see how many of the remaining 55 who started are going to join them.

Potato Happenings:

Tri Potato got some additional miles today riding back and forth from the lemonade stand. Her potatoes in training (one hers, the other a friend) set up a stand along the VA Cap Trail.

Salt Life Yam was cut off by a car (be careful potatoes), unfortunately, it was a police car. Fry Alicia was also cut off – only by a deer. It happened while she was climbing, so again, crisis averted. Everyone is reporting in OK and no mashed potatoes.

Bramboregg had the rain wash away the oil from his chain. He just bought some anchovies at the supermarket and used the oil to lube the chain and keep going.

If you see Potato Chip Rock, wish him a Happy Anniversary – he rode a mile for each of the 34 years today. Congratulations on the anniversary and the ride.

Harley Taterson is closing in on Paris (97.2 miles so are) and his yellow jersey arrives Monday. He’s ready to show it off.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

And 2 Days Remain

With 2 days remaining the battle for most miles pedaled is heating up. Decapitato logged 51 miles – he does NOT want to be out ridden this year. Come on Swisher Sweet, make him earn it!! As for those over the line today, we may have a new record with 17 potatoes becoming official today. Our total potatoes are now at 150 and our miles are over 26,400. Pedal potatoes, pedal.

Finishing it up at the top of our list today is Fitz and the Tater Tantrums with 141.5 miles. Uetz Chips is also over the century mark at 114.4 miles. Few Potato isn’t far behind with 112.5 miles.

Spuds McKenzie and Papa Spud are in a dead heat with 107.7 miles. Space Yam is done and has a new magnet after pedaling 105.2 miles. Loaded Potato is only two tenths back with 105 miles, crossing with Meadow Lark Potato, also with 105 miles. Spuddux is done after 104.1 miles.

Billy Spud has 102.4 miles for his magnet while Grape Tater pedaled 102 miles for his. Bean Counting Potato is also at 102 miles. Only a tenth back is Mama Spud with another magnet and 101.9 miles. Pedaler McPotato also pedaled 101.9 miles to earn a magnet.

Closing out our day are Spudasaurus with 101.1 miles, DrewTuber with 100.9 miles, and Sweet Spud with 100.8 miles. Congratulations to all of our newest magnet earners!!

We still have 57 potatoes on the couch – DUD SPUDs in training?

Potato Happenings:

I didn’t get everyone’s comments today as I’m out of town but we’re really racking up the miles. Taters rocking it out! Only two days left so pedal on, potatoes.

Good luck if you aren’t finished. Take your remaining miles, divide by 2, and pedal away. Remember to log any miles you have pedaled so far so our tracking is accurate. Check below for specifics on when pedaling/tracking are to be complete.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

25,000 Miles Pedaled

With only 3 days to pedal, we have surpassed 25K miles. We also have 8 new taters checking in today bringing our total official potatoes to 134.

Today we celebrate with Salt Life Yam and her 107 miles. Verdant Potato is also over the line with 105.5 miles. Cajun Gator Tater has another magnet with 103.3 miles – this tour followed hip surgery but HAD to get that magnet and keep the streak alive. Dolly Partato pedaled 101.2 miles for her magnet.

All in a bunch, these four potatoes finished within about a tenth of a mile of each other: Spud Ice with 100.7 miles, Incognito Potato also with 100.7 miles, Spudly Beach Bum also has 100.7 miles and Microchip has 100.6 miles and a big WHEW as she finished.

Way to go stomping on those pedals to earn a magnet.

Seventy seven potatoes are still looking for the finish line and will be crossing soon. We still have 57 potatoes on the couch – DUD SPUD here they come.

Potato Happenings:

Tuberski is finishing up while touring colleges – does she know she has .8 miles to go – SOOOO close.

Tombet Tuber is pedaling to the Tour in France – I haven’t seen it yet today but hoping you had as much fun as they did.

Potato Prez pedaled to Assateague National Park to see the ponies. Scenic tour – or is that Scenic le Tour??

Good luck if you aren’t finished. Take your remaining miles, divide by 3, and pedal away. Remember to log any miles you have pedaled so far so our tracking is accurate. Check below for specifics on when pedaling/tracking are to be complete.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Only 4 Pedal Days Remain

With only 4 days to pedal, we’re adding 5 official potatoes to our list today.

Tater Tot is over the century mark with 104.8 miles while Spuddles checks in with 101.6 miles. Yamyscira is pedaling away on vacation and has accumulated 100.9 miles and another magnet. Also finishing up today is Spidey Spud with 100.5 miles and SpuderLee with 100.3 miles.

Congratulations to the latest magnet earners. You all contributed to getting us over the 24,000 mile mark.

That will bring our total official taters to 125 with an additional . We have 86 potatoes still pedaling away but not yet crossed the century mark – I know some will make it but how many? Fifty seven potatoes remain on the couch, one less than yesterday. They are in jeopardy of becoming DUD SPUDS with only 4 pedal days remaining.

Potato Happenings:

A quiet bunch today. Potato Prez is reporting a flat ride from OC to Bethany and back but everyone else is pretty quiet out there. Just looking for the century mark if they aren’t already there.

Good luck if you aren’t finished. Take your remaining miles, divide by 4, and pedal away. Remember to log any miles you have pedaled so far so our tracking is accurate. Check below for specifics on when pedaling/tracking are to be complete.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

5 Days to Pedal

Our pic today is paying tribute to all of our indoor cycling the potatoes are doing this year. Pedal anyway you can to get those miles in – so far, we’re over 23,000 of them.

Let’s add 9 new official potatoes to our list today:

Robert Tuberson is finished with a new magnet with 114 miles and only a mile behind is Rocky Potato with 113 miles (and lots of hills).

Super Chipski has also crossed the century mark with 104.6 miles. Pump up the Yam has a new magnet with 103.4 miles and Fauling for a Spud is hot on his trail with 103.2 miles.

Uprooted Potato is done with 100.5 miles and only a tenth behind is Gator Bait Tater with 100.4 miles. Also just over the line is Blu Tuberry at 100.1 miles while Potato Loco hit 100 miles exactly.

Congratulations to all of you!

That will bring our total official taters to 121 with an additional . We’ve still got 89 potatoes who have started but not yet crossed the century mark – will they make it? Fifty eight potatoes remain on the couch, in jeopardy of becoming DUD SPUDS with only 5 days left to pedal.

Potato Happenings:

Happy Birthday today to Tri Potato – I’ll just say she didn’t have time to ride 49 miles.

Cajun Gator Tater rode the exact same mileage two days in a row. With 6 miles, he’ll need to throw in another 3 tenths and earn a magnet.

Pig-Pen Potato is getting a late start – two rides in but up to 40 miles already. With that kind of average, he’ll have a magnet for sure. Keep it up!

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Bikes, Beers & Potatoes

The pedaling continues fast and furious as potatoes everywhere are scrambling to get those miles in before the end of the day Sunday. We have 11 more who made it official today – magnets all around!

Tot Diggity is the farthest over the line today of all our new potatoes with 112.9 miles. Later Tater crossed the finish line as well and earned a magnet with 110 miles.

Loly Pop is happy each day of her riding and now has 106.6 miles and a new magnet. Manntater is hot on her trail 106 miles even.

We called it yesterday but to make it official, CompuTater is over the century mark with 105 miles – and other potato witnesses.

Potato Sticks has another magnet this year, finishing up at 101.7 miles while Gravi-Tater is chasing her down with 101 miles.

Home Fries saw that shout out yesterday and sprinted to magnet number 11, checking in with 101 miles.

Melatater and Haus of Spuds are crossing the finish line together with 100.6 miles. Bananayama is the 11th tater we’ll shout out today coming in with 100.3 miles.

Congratulations to all our potatoes who made it official today.

We’re over 22,300 miles today with 111 official taters. We’ve still got 210 potatoes pedaling and 58 potatoes on the couch with only 6 pedaling days left.

Potato Happenings:

The “leaders” battle is still going between Decapotato and Swisher Sweet Potato but Swisher Sweet has now taken the lead by about 7 miles. This one could go down to the wire but they are both closing in on 550 miles.

Bubba Spud is slowly closing in on magnet 12 with 13 miles to go now. Working on magnet number 10 are Mama Spud at 85.4 miles and Rocky Potato at 97.1 miles. So close – y’all got this!

Tri Potato is off her taper from her ocean swim race yesterday (3rd in her age group) and back to pedaling. CycoTater is on the road as well, racing groundhogs. She tracked it until he headed off to his burrow.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Boiled Potatoes?

Never sure where you’ll find potatoes these days, but willingly boiling themselves?

As our weekend draws to a close, we celebrate four more official couch potatoes, bringing our total to 101.

Bandit Yam has another magnet as he checks in with 117.5 miles. Also earning another magnet with 109.5 miles is 50 in 50 Potato. Potato Cake is also over the century mark with 103 miles and hitting 100 miles exactly is Tattie Tater.

Congratulations to all our latest century cyclists.

We’re over 21,500 miles as of today with 210 potatoes pedaling. 58 potatoes are still on the couch with 7 days of pedaling left.

There are 109 potatoes who have started pedaling but aren’t yet over the line. Sending MAJOR cheers your way as you wrap this up. Take your remaining miles and divide by 7 – target that many miles per day…you got this!

Bubba Spud is only 17 miles from magnet 12 and Home Fries is only 9 miles from magnet number 11. If you see these two potatoes, send them positive thoughts as they finish out for these milestones. I’m checking in on those who are looking for magnet number 10 in tomorrow’s update!

Potato Happenings:

Later Tater had a fun and fan-Tater-tastic time. Le Tour helped motivate her back to her bike after Covid. Thanks fellow taters, from Later Tater.

Yogatato, Spudly, CycoTater and CompuTater were all out pedaling together. They had a non-tater along for the ride as well (maybe next year?). They all watched CompuTater turn into an official tater at mile 12 (we didn’t get CompuTater’s miles in time to make it official today but look for that tomorrow).

Fry Like an Eagle and Oh-Kay Tuber (I think) are touring the Great Dismal Swamp – not dismal at all. It’s reported as very pretty but you must watch for bears.

Microchip is finding the hills easier today – nice surprise for her!

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 24 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 25.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber