Sears Blue Time Machine: Ride Sally Ride

Bike 1Picture this: A vintage blue 1960s bike – single gear with coaster brakes only – decked out in safety lights, a front basket, and a bike bell with a Bambi illustration on top. That is the “Sears Blue Time Machine.” And Terrie Fielden-Barry rode it at the MSU Grand Fondo 6 – where she finished in the top third of the 25-mile ride!

“The bicycle was given to me by my parents when I was probably 10-12 years old. It is a Sears coaster-brake, single-geared ‘machine’ that I lovingly called the ‘Sears Blue Time Machine’ because I felt like a kid again when I rode it” says Terrie. The only modifications Terrie made to this 50-year-old bike were swapping out the seat for one more comfortable and replacing a blown inner-tube – otherwise, it was all original equipment.

But Terrie’s involvement in the Gran Fondo goes beyond her bike. Terrie rides for her mother, Sally – whose diagnosis with cancer was anything but traditional.

In December 2000, after experiencing atypical pap smears for nearly 10 years, Sally was advised to have her cervix removed for safety precautions. But tragically, she experienced post-surgical complications that eventually took her life. After her passing, her tissue samples were sent for evaluation. It was discovered that Sally had metastatic melanoma on her cervix and she was diagnosed with Primary Ocular Melanoma post-mortem. “This is an incredibly form of rare cancer” says Terrie, “only recently have cells (groups of women having ocular melanoma with metastatic disease) been discovered nationally.”

To honor her mother’s memory and battle with cancer, Terrie and her husband, Henry Barry, named their Grand Fondo 6 team “Ride Sally Ride.”

Terrie and her new bikeAnd Terrie is coming back to ride with us and honor her mother in Gran Fondo 7! But this time, she will be retiring the Sears Blue Time Machine for her new bike, a 27-speed Fuji Absolute with 3 x 9 gears. “I’ve not yet come up with a catchy name for my new bike. I’m toying with various titles that include the color of the new bike, my maiden name and/or speedy phrases” says Terrie. 

To date, Terrie has reached her fundraising goal for Fondo 7 through the help of her amazing personal donor team of 12 members. “Without them, the ride would not be nearly as meaningful,” she says. “I have pledged to train at least 50 hours on the bike. So far, I’ve ridden over 360 miles/33 hours. Again, this year, I will carry a card with each of my donor’s names, so they can be with me at the finishing line!”

Join the fight against skin cancer on June 22! You can sign up to ride, volunteer or donate at msugranfondo.com.

Sears Blue Time Machine

Cyclist Spotlight: Logan V.

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Logan and his stepmom Becky after the 2018 ride

Meet Logan, a 14-year-old cyclist, who has grown up riding the MSU Gran Fondo!

Six years ago, he rode the 12-mile route in the inaugural ride and has participated in every single Gran Fondo since.

“My father told me it would be fun,” said Logan. “I was able to ride with my cousins and grandfather. Plus, it’s an MSU event – Go Green!”

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Logan riding the 12-mile route in 2014

The MSU Gran Fondo is quite the family endeavor. In 2018, Logan and his stepmom rode the 12-mile, while his sister and dad rode the 40-mile.

He says the best part of the event is crossing the finish line.

“I also like hanging out with all the people after the event and talking with my family about the ride.”

This year, Logan hopes to “step it up” and do the 40-mile ride for the first time. And when that happens, crossing the finish line in year 7 will be even more fun than years past!

Cyclist Spotlight: Jeffrey Hendricks

george-and-jeff-hendricks-pic.jpgJeffrey Hendricks, MD, is a MSU College of Human Medicine graduate who started Rize Performance, a sports nutrition company. This year, his company is a sponsor of the MSU Gran Fondo and Dr. Hendricks is participating for the first time!

Q: What are looking forward to most at this year’s ride?

Several things! First, I heard the pace is really fast- 26-28 mph on the flats-  I am looking forward to seeing if I can hang on, and if so, for how long!

Secondly, I’m really hoping other docs from MSU College of Human Medicine are riding. I would love to meet and chat with them during and after the ride.

Also, I can’t wait to see family and friends that I haven’t seen in a while (as I currently reside in North Carolina).

Jeffrey Hendricks, MDQ: How are you connected to MSU?

I was born and raised in Grand Rapids and attended MSU College of Human Medicine.  While I attended the rival school Univ of Mich undergrad, my friends from high school attended MSU and I spent many weekends enjoying the tailgating, live music at Small Planet, and other fun stuff in East Lansing.  I have many great memories from campus!  My medical school years were a little more subdued, but I still enjoyed mountain biking around Rose Lake to decompress.

Q: Tell us about your company and how it started.

Rize Performance is a Sports Nutrition company focused on producing research supported, innovative new products for endurance athletics.  It started when I was a triathlete and felt there was a lack of good products available for me to use. I have always been a little obsessive about trying to improve performance. This is partly due to the fact I am not a gifted athlete, but I love to compete. I always need to work a little harder to perform well.

M&M Labs is my sister company which designs custom nutraceutical products for other businesses around the USA and throughout the world. Both companies are the distillation of my personal passions, medical education and experience, and research history. It keeps me pretty busy but honestly, I feel like I am retired and just doing the things that I love. I consider that feeling a gift and appreciate it every day.

Q: Do you have a connection to skin cancer? What is your motivation to get involved with the MSU Gran Fondo?

I would say I have a strong connection to cancer in general. Several direct family members including my sister and father both have bravely, and successfully fought cancer- twice! I watched with humility and admiration as my sister courageously fought off a significant breast cancer. Not only did she fight it and win, she wrote a bill to help women get more aggressively screened if they have dense breast tissue. The bill passed through the house and senate and was recently signed into law in Michigan.  She did this during chemotherapy, which sounds unbelievable, but to those who know her this is not that surprising. She also suffered from a non-melanoma skin cancer and had it successfully removed.  She has stayed strong and active with aggressive nutrition, complementary medicine, and traditional treatments. She is a big advocate for women, women’s health, and cancer prevention.  In my opinion her diagnosis, her recovery, and her activism has become a gift to the cancer community. I truly believe that due to her efforts, many women will now be diagnosed with cancer with plenty of time for a cure.

My father on the other hand, is 76 and has recovered from two different cancers.  He tells me he feels great, and he is an amazing energetic and healthy person. He wonders when he is going to feel like he is 76.  We joke that he gets cancer every once in awhile but other than that is perfectly healthy.

So I have plenty of reasons to be involved both personally and professionally, and I also believe that consistent and intense exercise such as cycling has powerful preventive benefits. I love to ride!

Thanks for joining this year’s MSU Gran Fondo, Dr. Hendricks!