Thank you for visiting my personal fundraising page for the 2019 Dempsey Challenge!
I'm raising money for the Dempsey Center, a Maine-based nonprofit organization with locations in Lewiston and South Portland. This will be my 7th Dempsey Challenge, and it is one of the most personal and important events that I have the opportunity to participate in each year.
My first Dempsey ride was a rehab goal when I blew out my knee skiing in March of 2013. My friend Brian was fighting leukemia and he and his family were utilizing the services of the Dempsey Center in Lewiston. I intended to ride in support of Brian’s fight, and when he lost his fight that May the Dempsey Challenge took on a whole new meaning for me. Now I intend to participate annually not just in Brian’s memory but also in support of the overall mission of the Dempsey Center and in support of the communities it servess.
The Dempsey Center makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer by easing the side effects of cancer through complementary therapies, counseling and other support services for individuals and families.
Please support me in my fundraising efforts by making a donation. Any amount you can give makes a difference!
Every dollar of your donation directly benefits cancer patients, survivors and their families.
Thank you for your support!
My Personal Web Log
The 2019 Dempsey Challenge is under way and the ride is tomorrow! Thank you to each and every one of you who are supporting me, I am humbled and grateful. This year is a personal record, and every dollar of your donations will help people impacted by cancer.
The weather forecast looks almost perfect (would be perfect if not for the 10-15mph wind out of the N-NW) and I can't wait to get out on the road. Follow me on Instagram @scottywentz for some photos from along the way!
Thank you all!
by Scott Wentzell on Sat, Sep 28, 2019 @ 9:57 PM
September means go time!
The calendar says September and we are just a few weeks away from the 2019 Dempsey Challenge! It is always tough to say goodbye to summer, and one of the reasons is the shorter days means less light in the morning and evening for training rides. During most of the summer I try to get out at 5:30am for my morning training rides, but now it is dark until at least 5:40 and it is only going to get later and later as we get closer and closer to challenge day. That means my morning rides may have to get a little shorter, and I'll be making up for it on the weekend with some longer rides. And it all leads up to a 100-mile journey from Lewiston to Bailey Island and back on Sunday, September 29.
Thanks to all of my great supporters, some who have supported all 7 of my rides and some who are supporting me for the first time this year. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have each and every one of you backing me up and pushing me forward.
REMINDER TO ALL MY DONORS - if you are making your donation in support or memory of someone who has been impacted by cancer, I would be honored to add their name to my number placard on ride day. Having those names with me helps to keep me focused on why we are there and gives me the energy to push through the hills that all seem to be saved for the last 20 miles of the ride.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
by Scott Wentzell on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 7:06 AM
Summer in full swing
Tomorrow is the last day of July, how is that possible! Seems like just the other day that I started June off with a crash, literally. Fortunately, no serious injuries to me or my bike so after a few weeks on the Peloton to let the road rash heal, late June into July brought some great riding weather! My plan for the next month is to get some longer and longer rides in, hopefully I can find a way to work that into a what promises to be jam-packed August, including the Granite Man Tri (bike leg only for this guy) in Wolfboro, NH in a few weeks! Thanks for your support and I hope you are able to get out and enjoy some outside time before we are back to long pants and winter coats!
by Scott Wentzell on Tue, Jul 30, 2019 @ 7:04 PM
Memorial Day Weekend Rides
It was perfect riding conditions in the western Maine foothills this Memorial Day Weekend. I love riding this part of Maine. Great views, challenging climbs, fast descents, relatively light vehicle traffic. First few Wilton rides of 2019 are in the books with more to come as I ramp to a century ride at the Dempsey Challenge to benefit Dempsey Center this fall. Follow me on IG @scottywentz for ride pics. Thanks for your support!
by Scott Wentzell on Mon, May 27, 2019 @ 10:49 AM
First outside ride!
Today was my first outside ride of the season, a quick trip around the block, only about 10.5 miles but it felt good to be back out on the road today and it was a beautiful afternoon to be outside! Only about 6 months until the DC.
by Scott Wentzell on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 9:32 PM
First rides of 2019!
Annual March trip to Florida this week means the first outside training raises of 2019 are in the books! So flat here, which doesn't mean easy, it means nonstop pedaling! Love getting out on the road though, and it means the 2019 Dempsey Challenge is almost here!
by Scott Wentzell on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 2:20 PM
Training starts now (actually, 2 months ago)
February in Maine isn't exactly road cycling season (yes, I know it's possible, just not very common). But this year is different thanks to the Peloton bike Lisa and I got each other for Christmas. Such a great platform, not just for the great variety of inside cycling workouts to choose from, but workouts of all kinds, lengths, intensities, and genres of music. It's like having a private, on-demand gym in the house (or hotel room, or wherever). So, training for the 2019 Dempsey Challenge started in earnest this year in December and I can't wait to take it outside when we go to Florida in late March and see how it translates to the (flat) open road.
Cheers and ride on!
by Scott Wentzell on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 12:29 PM