Le Tour de Couch Potato – 2021 Final Report

Hard to believe but sadly it’s here

Le Tour de Couch Potato is done for the year

Potatoes pedaled like crazy, 143 crossed the line

Despite the heat/humidity, all look mighty fine

Finishing every tour, still there are three

Bubba Spud, Duchess Potato and Madam Tuber (that’s me!)

Two hit 10 years, check the hall of fame

Texas Potato, Home Fries, I’ll call you by name

Eight ready for patches at 5 years complete

Additional SWAG, Oh what a treat

Thirty-seven rookies all got it done

Come back next year for more of the fun

There was one potato that got a little mashed

Fortunately, he still finished with a splash

Then there are those who go by DUD SPUD

Signed up but didn’t finish, all to say is CRUD

That’s all for now and thank you for playin’

Hope you had fun; we did – just sayin’

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Time to hang it up for this year’s tour

Quick update on three more official taters, bringing us to a total of 142

Swimming Spud is over the line with 105.90 miles. Small Fry also finished her miles with 102.00 miles and Optimash Prime has a new magnet 101.62 miles.

Remember all miles need to be entered by midnight tonight so we can compile the final report.

Several of you have passed along your thanks to those of us who put this on each year. You’re very welcome – and we would like to that you, as well, for participating with us. It’s a lot of fun for all of us and we’re glad you enjoy it.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

The final countdown

We’re celebrating another group of official potatoes on our last day. Reporting in so far are:

Bud Spud is over the finish line with 106.20 miles. Pommes Soufflées was taken away by a family emergency but still pedaled her way to a magnet with 105.50 miles.

Distilled Tater is happy to report getting her miles in on the last day. Over the century mark with 104.38 miles. Tater Mountain is also done with 104.17 miles. Kartoffel Kaiser has another magnet with 103.20 miles and Spud Author crossed the finish line at 102.60 miles. Sweet Kinder Spud also has another magnet for her refrigerator with 102.40 miles.

Spuddles and Microchip are crossing the finish line right near each other at 101.95 miles and 101.80 miles respectively.

Lenko Latkes checking in as NOT a dud spud with 101.50 miles.

CompliTater made it happen this week! She reports the tour helped me really give cycling a try for the first time! and the first time was 101.39 miles.

Tom Tater completed the tour in three chunks between pool party, tubing on the river and after golf was cancelled, finishing with 100.71 miles.

Spuddy Holly is an official potato with 100.55 miles as is Grape Tater with 100.39 miles.

Bumble Spud got it in just under the wire, gotta have that magnet – finishing with 100.00 miles exactly.

Potato Happenings:

Remember that pedaling stops at midnight tonight so please check the mileage log as this is what we have for you so far. All miles need to be entered by midnight tomorrow night. I’ll have a brief blog tomorrow if we have additional potatoes with a final report coming out on Wednesday, July 21.

Bean Counting Potato ended up with a flat tire on the final day but had Meadow Lark Potato with her who changed it and they finished up a beautiful ride on the final day.

CycoTater also had a lovely early morning ride with spousal unit, aka Computater. Yogatater and FaHashn Brown joined as well as Dr. Jim (a potato for next year??)

Marshmallow Fluff Spud had a fun ride and is looking forward to representing when my jersey arrives (sharing: on peloton she’s #geezergl)

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

A Whole Crop of Official Potatoes

We have a whole crop of potatoes that made it official today, with only one day of riding left. We’re up to 125 official taters and 22,800 miles.

Pig – Pen Potato was so excited by Le Tour that he forgot to secure his computer. About 9 miles into the ride at 30 mph, it fell off. Knowing it was necessary for potato mileage, he lowered the landing gear and flaps, went back to get it. Fortunately, no damage was done and he can report finished with 116.88 miles.

Rotato has a new magnet, finishing the tour with 107.00 miles while Christmas Potato is only half a mile behind with 106.50 miles. Chilli Cheese Fries is also over the line at 106.20 miles so she can decorate her fridge as well.

There is a lot happening in the 105 mile range: Pacific Potato finished up first in this group with 105.74 miles but Cajun Gator Tater has him in his sights on his Zwift with 105.50 miles. Coming in just behind them and finishing all 11 Le Tour de Couch Potato events is Bubba Spud with 105.20 miles.

Rocky Potato has once again conquered the hills of Colorado with 104.27 miles and Kartoffel Kaiser wrapped up her tour today with 103.2 miles.

Sweet Kinder Spud and Hawaiian Potato were sprinting it out to the end with 102.40 miles and 102.26 miles respectively. Coming in right with them is Tater Mala with 102.2 miles.

Tuberski was out on a family ride for breakfast. They saw an alligator, baby turtles, dodged raindrops, stopped at a garage sale and finished with 102.1 miles for a magnet.

Golly D Tater and Pearl Yam finished in a dead heat with 101.90 miles each – new magnets for both. Helmer Spud is also over the century mark with 101.20 miles.

That’s a LOT of potatoes – congratulations to all of you.

Potato Happenings:

49 pedaling potatoes who aren’t yet over the finish line. You have one more day of pedaling…who will be a DUD SPUD and who will finish. If you have a potato friend who isn’t over the finish line, get out there with them and help them over the finish line.

Decapotato has been leading the pack throughout Le Tour and today topped the 1000 mile mark. Congrats to Decapotato – nicely done!

Fat Tire Tater made his way around West Virginia with his son for about 14 miles today…love it when families ride together!

50 Shades of Spud is over the finish line but still adding miles “because I can”. Also done and getting extra miles is Potato Chip Rock – he got lost today and discovered he was riding in Norway (I hope on a Peloton or similar).

Tater Mountain is “almost there” after a great morning ride through White Stone and Road Rash Tater had her longest ride yet (she better finish cuz we work together and I’d harass her until next year if she doesn’t). Swimming Spud – you’re in that category too.

Tom Tater is still at it and determined to finish. He definitely has the right idea, riding for doughnuts and breakfast sandwiches.

Waa Waa – 36 potatoes still on the couch…Really???

Administrivia:

PSA from fellow tater: Yogatato is a yoga instructor and after earning her second magnet she would like to offer any potato who finished LTdCP a free yoga class. She is in the Northern Neck, VA area so if you live in that area and are interested, please check out her website here: Insideout Yoga

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 18 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 19.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Even the trees are happy to see us pedal

So great to see all these potatoes earning magnets and we have SO MANY that are very close. We are sustaining our 1000 mile a day average and are just over 21,500 miles total.

Hooray for Potatoes is “DONE” with 114.5 miles and says its time to relax. CompuTater finished at 109.9 miles and in the company of CycoTater and Spudly. Papa Spud is also done for another magnet with 102.61 miles. Just behind him is Lord Patata with 102.39 miles. Casey at the Bat Potato has them both in her sights with 102.24 miles. Harley Taterson’s grand finale ride was an early morning trip around the Westminster East Velodrome with Coach filming the final laps as he hit 101.53 miles. Surfin’ Spud caught his final wave of miles and finished with 101.4 and Salt Life Yam is the proud owner of another magnet with 100.5 miles. 50 Shades of Spud is over the century mark with 100.5 miles and experience bike tights for the first time…hope her bum feels better than it normally does (love that padding).

Congratulations to the latest official potatoes, bringing the total number of magnet earners to 107.

Potato Happenings:

Spudly Beach Bum spent some miles riding around looking for strawberry daquiris :-). Super Chipski went out for a ride to visit the turtle they rescued and released, then rode around the island.

Seafaring Spud and Wolfpack Potato were together again on the W&OD trail in Purcellville VA riding toward Leesburg, enjoying the rural beauty…almost got a bunny but no animals were harmed in the earning of these magnets.

Small Fry was out riding around in her bathing suit so she was able to jump into the pool after the ride!

Complitater thought Le Tour would be a “breeze” – turns out she’s a Pro-tater-castinater. She hasn’t given up so was up at 5:30 to get some miles in. Unfortunately, the body is used to only caffeine that early. Had a sleep-ride and the appreciation of trying to get in 100 miles hit about 6 hours after the ride. We’re with you Complitater – and hoping you’ll finish…go for it!!!

Administrivia:

PSA from fellow tater: Yogatato is a yoga instructor and after earning her second magnet she would like to offer any potato who finished LTdCP a free yoga class. She is in the Northern Neck, VA area so if you live in that area and are interested, please check out her website here: Insideout Yoga

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 18 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 19.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

DUD SPUDS in training?

The potatoes are pedaling like crazy with only 3 days left. We’re over 20,500 miles and just added 11 more potatoes that made it official. Flower Power Potato starts us off today, finishing with 116.94 miles. Manntater and Tati Yam are neck and neck with 103.4 miles and 103.0 miles respectively.

Seafaring Spud at 102.45 miles and Wolfpack Potato at 100.5 miles were out riding past Leesburg VA with a variety of wildlife. They headed down the W&OD trail, culminating in a tour of a vintage caboose in Herndon VA…and magnets to top it all off.

Scribing Spud is over the finish line with 102.0 miles. And eeking over the line are 5 additional potatoes: PoKaeTo with 100.8 miles, Gator Bait Potato with 100.45 miles, Yam Kronen in at 100.16 miles, 2Ber Fit checking in with 100.9 miles and Potato Loco hitting exactly 100.0 miles. Potato Loco was unsure she would make it with some health concerns but she pedaled through for that magnet.

Congratulations to this large group of potatoes!

Potato Happenings:

Harley Taterson was out and about again, enjoying the Ashland Trail in Baltimore County. 50 Shades of Spud did a quick out and back…eatin’ up those miles like butter on a spud (yummy). Dre’ Tater hit the road between storms to get the last of her miles in. I think we reported her as finished previously so there may have been a mix up in miles – we’ll get it right.

Three days remain for our pedaling potatoes. We have a bunch that are less than 10 miles from the finish line. Check out Bubba Spud – she needs less than 6 miles to complete her tour and she’ll have finished every Couch Potato…hope she makes it. There are 11 others with her in the 90 – 99 mile range.

Eleven is also the number of potatoes in the 80s – under 20 miles to go. You have the finish line in your sights.

There are ten potatoes in the 70s – that means with less than 10 miles a day, you will be done.

Twelve are hanging out in the 60s – definitely realistic with the weekend coming up. A couple long rides and you have a magnet for your fridge. I think the seven potatoes in the 50s can join you.

Our other 24 potatoes that are off the couch but not quite half way done. You have a lot of pedaling ahead of you in the next three days but I don’t want to see you become DUD SPUDS…you got off the couch so find those padded shorts and tough it out.

Then there are our 37 potatoes that are still on the couch…hmmm – DUD SPUDS in training? Prove me wrong!

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 18 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 19.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Tales of a Mashed Potato

We’re over 19,000 miles and 86 official potatoes, adding 5 more today:

Candied Yam has earned another magnet for her fridge with 116.3 miles while 50 in 50 Potato is close behind with113.05 miles. CycoTater rode her Brown Store loop in reverse today with a killer hill at the beginning to cross the finish line with 107.25 miles and a nice tail wind – Vive Le Tour De Couch Potato!

Potato Sticks is also finished up for another year with 104 miles. Incognito Potato snuck across the line, didn’t think we’d notice but we see those 100.11 miles.

Magnets and congratulations all around.

Potato Happenings:

YIKES – a mashed potato to report today. Potato Prez got his front wheel stuck in the boards of a temporary bridge on his ride. Beyond some road rash, Potato Prez is reporting in OK – whew…the bike, not so much. It does need some repairs so his Le Tour is done for the year at 169.77 miles…most miles for any of his tours.

50 Shades of Spud has gotten into a nice routine with Le Tour and is looking to continue beyond the 18th. Happy we could start something she’ll continue and look forward to her back next year. She’s getting lights for her bike so she can continue her early morning rides. Locked-N-Loaded Spud is also out in the early mornings – taking advantage of some unseasonably cool mornings in Texas.

Loly Pop Potato always enjoys her rides and reports another happy day out on the road.

Administrivia:

Log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 18 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 19.

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Learning new lingo

More potatoes made it official today with only 5 days of pedaling remaining.

Mama Spud is finishing “Down the Ocean, Hon” with 117.11 miles (I had to look it up). Lazzo Tater is also across the finish line with 115.6 miles and happy to have a new magnet to show for those miles. Dre’ Tater is right behind with 115.2 miles to show for all her hard work and Potato Wedges earns a magnet with 110.83 miles. Nice job potatoes! With all that pedaling, you helped bring the team to just over 18,600 miles.

Potato Happenings:

Sporty Spud rode her Peloton for 60 continuous minutes for the first time today – excellent accomplishment! – and is enjoying the challenge on her way to a magnet (almost there!!). Harley Taterson was out and around his own East Middle Velodrome to appreciate the beautiful weather this morning.

Locked-N-Loaded Spud was enjoying low 70s…unusual for Texas this time of year. Get out and ride in it while you can.

Seafaring Spud and Wolfpack Potato were out for a beautiful, early morning ride to beat the heat. They hit the W & OD trail again and enjoyed the deer and birds who were oblivious to the humans.

While all these peeps were out enjoying the day, Fat Tire Tater had the right idea partaking in an apple turnover after his ride. I may need to go find one of those…

Reminder – log your miles using the exact email you registered with or they won’t show up. Pedaling ends at midnight, July 18 and all miles need to be entered by midnight July 19.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Starting the countdown to Paris

We’re just shy of 17,500 miles and celebrating 7 more official couch potatoes today. Countess Tater was able to get logged in and caught up on her miles for her magnet and 114.17 miles. Yamyscira also has another magnet with 105.83 miles – she pedals while working…it’s quite a setup. Traffic Yam did not get stuck in traffic on the way to 103.65 miles and a new magnet for the fridge. Signature Spud is also finished with 102.4 miles and Yogatato go to 102.0 miles with a 6 am ride to Weems. Bean Counting Potato counted out 101.9 miles to cross the century mark. Tattie Tater is also finished with 101.25 miles. Congrats to our latest finishers, bringing us to 76 official taters so far.

Potato Happenings:

Tater Lime is enjoying being over the 200 mile mark. He joins 12 other potatoes who have crossed that milestone. We have two in the 300s, one in the 400s and Decapotato is over the 700 mile mark.

Yam Kronen keeps finding the rain each time she goes out for a ride so it’s the trainer still – but the miles count the same. Dre’ Tater and Uetz Chips were out together today enjoying an unseasonable cool day in Indiana. Their sights included a life-size elephant statue (to be posted in Facebook).

We’re watching closely for our DUD SPUDS…you have six more days to pedal. Pedaling stops at midnight, July 18 and all miles must be entered by midnight, July 19 so the final report can be compiled.

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber

Only one week of pedaling remains

Still stomping on the pedals and up to 16,550 miles, we added seven more official potatoes today. Starch Trek transported himself over 118.8 miles for a magnet while Tombet Tater must have done the math for a nice 111.1 miles. Potato Cake has another magnet for her fridge with 105.2 miles. Melatater and Hause of Spuds both finished up with 104.0 miles. Haus of Spuds has to face down a bird that was chasing a bug. They locked eyes but thankfully the bird “chickened” out first. Haus of Spuds missed the bird by an inch. Fo’Fanna Potato is over the line with an “I made it!!” and an impressive 103.0 miles – after having to miss last year it was rewarding to finish up. Spud Ice finished with her longest ride to date and a total of 102.26 miles.

Potato Happenings:

Buck-A-Spud is done for the year due to travel without access to wheels, but fortunately over the century mark, all miles on the Reedville Velodrome.

Grape Tater is back in the saddle again and looking toward the finish line and another magnet. Had to take some time out for a little league tournament but is ready to put in the work needed this week to finish. Seafaring Spud and Wolfpack Potato are cranking out the miles now – this time through the hills (ugh!) of their neighborhood as they make their way to a magnet. Kartoffel Kaiser got two fellow taters off the couch today (glad to see them on the road). DupliTater and Chip Hop are pedaling now toward their magnet.

Rain or Shine Tater and Duchess Potato made their way out to New Point Comfort Lighthouse for a hot/breezy ride. And Marshmallow Fluff Potato is reporting in that her new, very cool, magnet has arrived and is looking good on the fridge!

Administrivia:

Results so far are here: Reported Miles

Report miles here: Mileage Entry

Happy Pedaling,

Madam Tuber