Nils Nugteren

Nils Nugteren
Riding for Viënne
I ride for Viënne, my bubbly, smily 8-month old niece. Please consider donating, together we can make a difference in children's lives!
I've Ridden 1,042.0 mi to fight kids' cancer
My Rankings
  • National: 26th
  • State: 1st in MA
  • My Team: 1st
I've raised $9,570.51 to fight kids' cancer Donate Now

I'm Riding For

Viënne

Viënne

This is Viënne. Viënne is a bubbly, happy little girl, with a smile that can light up a room. She's the reason I'm riding the Great Bicycle Challenge. Recently she was diagnosed with JXG. But she's a fighter and she is going to beat this. And she is not alone in the fight: she has a wonderful Mom, Dad, Brother and a big supportive team of grandmas, grandpas, uncles and aunts, all fighting along side with her!

My Story

7 Aug 2020

This September, I am doing something I’m really excited about: I am participating in the Great Cycle Challenge to join the fight against kids' cancer.

Originally, I signed up to the challenge to have a fitness goal and because it is a worthy cause. Recently, the cause has become much more personal: my niece Viënne (8 months old) has been diagnosed with JXG. So, I am riding for her, because kids should live life, not fight for it!

The rules of the GCC are simple: in one month, bicycle as many miles as possible, as raise as much money as possible for the cause.

My goal is to cycle at least 621 miles (1000 km) and raise at least $500.

If you support this wonderful cause, please consider donating! Any amount, small or large is GREATLY appreciated, your support will change little lives!

Thank you!

Nils

PS All funds raised will support Children's Cancer Research Fund to continue their work to develop innovative treatments and find a cure for childhood cancer.

My Challenge

  • 23.9 mi ride - Topsfield Boxford loop - Saturday, October 3, 2020
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    Logged this ride 22 days ago
  • 17.3 mi ride - Rail trail with Eric - Thursday, October 1, 2020
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    Logged this ride 24 days ago
  • 12.5 mi ride - GCC ride with Eric & Pete (22.5 mi but donated 10) - Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 26 days ago
  • GCC Update – What’s that on the finish line?
    28 Sep 2020

    So, this really just happened yesterday.

    I’m coming back from my VERY last GCC ride, feeling a wide range of emotions: happiness that I made it, fatigue from all the effort, proud that I hit my goals. I look ahead as I approach my house and I see a small crowd of 10-15 people…what’s going on? As I get closer I notice they are all dressed in white…how odd…and then I see it but my brain doesn’t accept it…these are my friends and family and they are all dressed in tighty whiteys to welcome me over the finish line…MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    It’s official: I have the coolest family and friends in the world!

    Biking all those miles, I had plenty of time for thought. Here are some things that I came to realize along the way:

    • Donating to cancer research has a REAL impact. My niece Viënne is living proof of that: thanks to experimental drugs she is receiving, made possible by expensive cancer research, her tumor is in full remission. Fingers crossed that she continues to do so well!

    • It can be easy to forget in these turbulent times, but the world is full of kind and generous people. My fundraiser is proof of that: thanks to you, my amazing donors, we collectively raised over $7,500!

    • I really do have the most AMAZING friends and family and I am very (very) lucky to have them.

    • I can bike 1,000 miles in a month😊…who knew?

    • Squirrels are evil…they conspire to get bikers to crash.

    GCC Update – What’s that on the finish line?
    Posted 27 days ago
  • GCC Update – the Turtle and the Hare
    28 Sep 2020

    On one of my rides I saw this guy sunbathing on the road…a snapping turtle. To give you a perspective of his size, the white stripe on the road is exactly 4 inches wide (10 cm), so this guy’s shell was about 20 inches (50 cm) …this is one BIG turtle.

    The road was kind of busy and I didn’t want him to get run over, that would certainly have ruined his day. If you don’t know, snapping turtles have a reputation of being ornery and their beak and claws can do real damage. But I was hoping that when I went to pick him up, he would retreat in his shell and I would be able to quickly move him off the road.

    Now, obviously Mr Turtle didn’t get to be this big by backing down from predators, because when I approached him, he stood tall on his legs and hissed and snapped. So I changed tacks and tried to scare him off the road by stomping and making noise, but he just deadpanned me with his reptilian eyes, kid of daring me to make the next move. Queue Clint Eastwood “C’mon punk, make my day”.

    So, I ended up aborting mission and left, hoping that he wouldn’t get hit by a car. The next morning I took the same route and didn’t see any evidence of a squashed turtle (or a flipped car haha) so I’m guessing he is back in his swamp where he should be.

    GCC Update – the Turtle and the Hare
    Posted 27 days ago
  • 17.4 mi ride - GCC FINAL - Sunday, September 27, 2020
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    Logged this ride 28 days ago
  • 23.7 mi ride - GCC sunset ride (almost done!) - Friday, September 25, 2020
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    Logged this ride 30 days ago
  • 23.0 mi ride - GCC North Andover - Thursday, September 24, 2020
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    Logged this ride 31 days ago
  • GCC Update – something you never knew about squirrels
    24 Sep 2020

    Ok, here is something you would never know about squirrels unless you go on bicycle rides at dawn in New England (which if you are sane, you most likely do not do).

    Here is the thing that I recently learned: squirrels like to hide on the side of the road and dart in right front of bicycle wheels, causing heart-attacks and near-fatal crashes.

    Throughout this last month it has happened to me at least once every morning ride…and this morning it happened three times. To make matters worse, not only will they jump in front of your wheel, they will change directions 8 times to keep you guessing which way they are going, so you don’t know how to swerve.

    They do it for sport. I swear it’s true. I swear it’s intentional. If you don’t believe me, check out this Geico commercial.

    Posted 31 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride - Thursday, September 24, 2020
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    Logged this ride 31 days ago
  • 23.1 mi ride - GCC ride with Eric & Pete - Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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    Logged this ride 32 days ago
  • 25.1 mi ride - GCC ride - Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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    Logged this ride 32 days ago
  • GCC Update - Good news
    22 Sep 2020

    A lot of you have been asking how my niece Vienne is doing, so I am happy to provide a hopeful update.

    Viënne’s treatment plan includes a regimen of an experimental drug, which so far thankfully the insurance company has been willing to cover.

    We are several weeks into this treatment now, and Viënne is responding really well to this drug. Based on a recent MRI, the cancer seems to be in remission. Although she isn’t out of the woods yet, this is of course amazing and hopeful news.

    So once again, a HUGE, HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all my Great Cycle Challenge donors! It’s exactly new drugs like the one Viënne is receiving, that YOUR DONATIONS make possible!

    GCC Update - Good news
    Posted 33 days ago
  • 20.0 mi ride - GCC EVENING RIDE - Monday, September 21, 2020
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    Logged this ride 34 days ago
  • GCC Update Nils - Tighty Whiteys Ride
    21 Sep 2020

    They say it's good to get out of your comfort-zone every once and a while. Well, I checked that box last week.

    My good friend Mike, always looking for ways to “make things more interesting” as he likes to say, posted a challenge on Facebook to me, that he would donate $675 dollars to my cause IF I would do one of my daily rides “in tighty whities and a wifebeater”.

    Uggghh….

    My knee-jerk reaction was of course “no way”, but Mike being Mike, he broadcast the challenge around, so within a day a bunch of other friends jumped on board and pledged additional money, bringing the total up to about $1,000. At that point I just thought what the hell, this is a lot of money for the cause, let’s roll with it.

    I’ll spare you the photos (photos and film were of course stipulated by Mike as proof) but I will say it made for one hell of an interesting ride. I rode for an hour, about 16 miles, through two towns and passed one police car.

    As you might expect, I collected lots and lots of stares and raised eyebrows. Surprisingly, no one called me out or challenged me.

    The whole ride was surreal, a modern-day version of The Emperor and his New Clothes. I just smiled and pedaled by with a look of “yep, this is how I ride”, and everybody was very happy to pretend like they didn’t see what they just saw. Pretty hilarious really, if you think about it.

    Anyway, it’s done. An additional $1,000 for the kids battling cancer, so totally worth it in my book.

    @Mike, thanks for getting this freaky side-show going and of course for your generous mega-donation. I can always count on you to kick things up a notch!

    @Patti, Preston, Paul and Jim: thank you so much for being good sports and good friends and of course for your donations to this great cause!

    GCC Update Nils - Tighty Whiteys Ride
    Posted 34 days ago
  • 20.4 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride COLD! 🥶 - Monday, September 21, 2020
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    Logged this ride 34 days ago
  • 56.6 mi ride - GCC Sunday ride N’port and back + Boxford loop - Sunday, September 20, 2020
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    Logged this ride 35 days ago
  • 70.8 mi ride - GCC Saturday ride N’port, Ipswich, Essex, Hamilton, Topsfield - Saturday, September 19, 2020
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    Logged this ride 36 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC evening ride - Friday, September 18, 2020
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    Logged this ride 37 days ago
  • 20.0 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride - Friday, September 18, 2020
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    Logged this ride 37 days ago
  • 23.5 mi ride - GCC North Andover ride - Thursday, September 17, 2020
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    Logged this ride 38 days ago
  • 16.4 mi ride - GCC Tighty Whitey ride (don’t ask) - Thursday, September 17, 2020
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    Logged this ride 38 days ago
  • 26.4 mi ride - GCC North Andover loop - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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    Logged this ride 39 days ago
  • Half way
    16 Sep 2020

    Yesterday was the 15th, the halfway point of the challenge. I’m on track, completed 582 mi so far. It was a tough day, I couldn’t get out of bed at 5:30 AM, so had to pay for it with a late-night 19 mile spin-session in the basement, a few hours after completing my evening ride outside. Live and learn.

    Duly motivated, I did wake up this morning for my early ride. It was coooold, around 40F/4C, so I had to turn back after 100 ft to get some extra layers and gloves. I was treated to the weirdest sunrise I have seen in a while: the California wildfires caused an eerie haze that made the sun blood-orange with a yellow halo. Very cool. Morning rides are still the best, after getting over the initial shock to the system.

    Half way
    Posted 39 days ago
  • 21.1 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride - CA haze, cold - Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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    Logged this ride 39 days ago
  • 18.5 mi ride - Spin ride - Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    From Basement to Basement

    Logged this ride 40 days ago
  • 27.2 mi ride - GCC North Andover Loop - Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 40 days ago
  • 23.7 mi ride - GCC sunset ride 🌅 - Monday, September 14, 2020
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    Logged this ride 41 days ago
  • 20.2 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride - Monday, September 14, 2020
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    Logged this ride 41 days ago
  • 34.1 mi ride - GCC Great Neck Ipswich - Sunday, September 13, 2020
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    Logged this ride 42 days ago
  • 22.2 mi ride - Indoor spinride - Saturday, September 12, 2020

    From Basement to Basement

    Logged this ride 43 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC evening ride - Friday, September 11, 2020
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    Logged this ride 44 days ago
  • GCC weekly update #2
    11 Sep 2020

    Things have really taken off since my last update - so much to share.

    When the challenge kicked off and the riding started on September 1st, I kind of expected the donations to stop flowing. At that point I had been fundraising for months and I thought that phase would be done, and now its just up to me to ride.

    But, as you can see the donations have jumped from $2,500 last week to over $6,200...WOW! So many generous donations continue to come in, it's really fantastic and inspirational. Incredibly, of the more than 120,000 riders participating in the GCC, we are currently ranked 50th in terms of funds raised....so a big THANK YOU to you my donors!

    To show gratitude, I have increased my riding goal from 1,000 km to 1,000 mi (=1,600 km). My plan is to ride 40 miles a day, usually in two rides, one just after sunrise, one just before sunset. In the weekends I will likely do longer rides, to change it up a bit. This new goal will definitely be a challenge for me (average of 2.5 hours per day on the bike).

    One unexpected pleasure has turned out to be the sunrise rides: it's a little painful getting up, but the temperature is perfect, it's peaceful and quiet and the light from the rising sun paints everything in a golden hue. Also, I see tons of animals on my rides (quite often I have to break hard for them) like wild turkeys, guineafowl, deer and fishercat.

    So far I have ridden 395 mi and feeling great!

    GCC weekly update #2
    Posted 44 days ago
  • 20.3 mi ride - GCC ride daw Wilde turkeys 🦃 - Friday, September 11, 2020
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    Logged this ride 44 days ago
  • 22.2 mi ride - Indoor spinride - Thursday, September 10, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 45 days ago
  • 21.2 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride! - Thursday, September 10, 2020
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    Logged this ride 45 days ago
  • $5,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $5,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 45 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC evening ride - Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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    Logged this ride 46 days ago
  • 20.0 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride (saw a fisher cat) - Wednesday, September 9, 2020
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    Logged this ride 46 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC soft recovery ride short Boxford loop - Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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    Logged this ride 47 days ago
  • 58.2 mi ride - GCC Ride to Newburyport and back over Ipswich - Monday, September 7, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 48 days ago
  • 45.0 mi ride - GCC RIDE Newburyport, return over Ipswich - Sunday, September 6, 2020
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    Logged this ride 49 days ago
  • 35.1 mi ride - GCC Saturday ride Ipswich Great Neck - Saturday, September 5, 2020
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    Logged this ride 50 days ago
  • 22.5 mi ride - GCC evening ride (Newburyport 1-way) - Friday, September 4, 2020

    From Boxford to Newburyport

    Logged this ride 50 days ago
  • 25.6 mi ride - GCC sunset ride (day 3) - Thursday, September 3, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 52 days ago
  • 20.1 mi ride - GCC sunrise ride (turkeys, deer) - Thursday, September 3, 2020
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    Logged this ride 52 days ago
  • 23.5 mi ride - GCC sunset ride (day 1) - Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    From Boxford to Boxford

    Logged this ride 53 days ago
  • 20.2 mi ride - GCC (sunrise ride) - Wednesday, September 2, 2020
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    Logged this ride 53 days ago
  • Great Cycle Challenge Day 1 is a wrap!
    2 Sep 2020

    Hi everyone,

    Today is the official start of the Great Cycle Challenge!

    I want to start the challenge off by thanking you for your generous donations. Collectively you all donated over $2,500, which is over 5x more than my initial goal! That's really amazing: these funds will get donated to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, where they do medical research that will benefit children, like my niece Viënne, who is currently undergoing potentially life-saving treatment for JXG. Children should be able to live their life, not fight for it!

    A bunch of my donors asked how they could stay updated on the challenge, so throughout the month of September I will post periodic updates (like this) on my page. I am not much of a blogger, but I will do my best ;-)

    Day 1 is off to a good start, I managed to ride twice today: once at sunrise and once at sunset for a total of 45 mi (=71 km). I plan to ride twice a day, as much as I can this week, so I can rack up extra miles while I can: it might get more difficult to ride later in September when the days get shorter and the whether could turn foul. As a reminder: I pledged to ride a total of 621 mi (1000 km).

    - Nils

    Great Cycle Challenge Day 1 is a wrap!
    Posted 54 days ago
  • $2,500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $2,500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 54 days ago
  • 20.3 mi ride - GCC - First Ride! - Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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    Logged this ride 54 days ago
  • $1,000 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $1,000 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 78 days ago
  • $500 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $500 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 79 days ago
  • $250 raised to fight kids' cancer!

    I just hit $250 to fight kids' cancer! Thank you so much for your support.

    Posted 223 days ago
  • I'm doing this!
    8 Feb 2020

    Just signed up for this cycle-challenge. Super excited to see how much I can ride in 1 month.

    Posted 260 days ago
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