The 2nd Annual DCR Open House–Recap and Photos!

This Saturday was the 2nd Annual DCR Open House.  I announced it back in November, and was super-excited that so many folks made the trek to the DCR Cave in Paris, both from just across town as well as all around the world!

The day was divided up into a morning group run, and then the larger open house that evening.  Here’s how the day went down!

The Morning Run:

We started off the morning with an optional run.  Everyone could sign-up for one of two running groups, one with me, and one with The Girl.  Same route – just slightly different paces.  We all met up at the Studio at around 9AM, just a bit after the sun rose.

From there we wandered across the street to get GPS signal and start our run.  Astoundingly – everyone got GPS signal super quick!  Thus, we grabbed a quick group photo:


With that, the two groups took off!  I’ll just blend the pictures together over the course of the route.  After running alongside the river for a bit, we crossed into and through the Louvre:


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(For the photos with me in them, thanks to DCR reader ‘Hollyoak94’ for sharing the pics!)

The Girl’s group took a quick photo-stop here in front:



Then both groups ran through the Tuileries, directly towards Concorde.  You can see the Ferris Wheel off in the distance here.

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Here’s The Girl’s group after leaving the gardens and working their way around Concorde.


Then it was back along the river making our ways downstream towards the Eiffel Tower.  This time of morning it was nice and quiet, with virtually no tourists out and about – so no dodging of people required!


In case you were wondering – I wasn’t the only one with multiple watches on their wrists this morning!


As for my own wrists, I was mostly testing out the Garmin Vivosmart HR optical HR sensor’s accuracy:


Here’s how that turned out:


(Green is Vivosmart HR, Purple is Scosche, Red is HRM-TRI.  The three purple drops is simply a case of out of range transmission issues.  Overall, the Vivosmart HR did well during this run, though it seemed to get tripped up when I’d pause running.)

Once we reached the Eiffel Tower, my group climbed up to the top of Trocadéro to get a slightly better view.


We then took our photo stop there for folks to get a few more photos:


After that we headed back down Trocadéro, just in time to find The Girl taking an accidental burst selfie-shot of 30 photos.  You can watch the looping animated GIF here!  All of which ends with this:


We helped her out and got a combined group photo.  Complete luck that we managed to merge at this point:


We all jumped back down along the river along Les Berges to cruise back towards the Notre Dame area.  As we did that, my group took part in the 100m sprint that’s setup on the pedestrian area.


A short bit later both of our groups saw a peloton of sorts cruise past us in the bike lane.  We’re not quite sure what they were for – perhaps a reader knows.


Next, as we neared Notre Dame we took two slightly different paths.  My group cut through the front and then the gardens of Notre Dame:


While The Girl’s group went a block away and swung by the CupCakery:


We then met back up at the Studio and got to enjoy some of The Girl’s baked goods!



With that – the first ever DCR group run was in the history books!

The Open House:

Later on that night it was time to crack open the door to the DCR Cave for the full open house!  Just shy of 50 people came to the event over the course of the evening, which meant it was well beyond a packed house within the Cake Studio and Cave.


Seriously, we’ve never had anywhere near this many people in the place at one time.  Next year we’ll actually have to clean our offices (to open up that door) to get extra space to allow more to spread out.


We had lots of cheeses, meats, wines, and baguettes – and we’re happy to report our crowd did a good job of ensuring we didn’t have many leftovers.  Especially on the cupcake front!


There were even a few kids that came too!


Two of them brought us drawings – one of me, and one of The Girl:



So we’ve proudly added them to our fridge in the studio!

We also had a little Christmas Tree setup, adorned with all sorts of nifty gadgets:



Later in the evening we held a bit of a giveaway contest, supported by Clever Training.  While we could have simply just given away all the goodness they sent over, we decided instead to make it a DCR Pop Quiz.  To see just how careful these readers were!  For those that want to take the test, here’s a gallery of all the questions:

Congrats to Ben & Mary for both scoring the most points, in a tie (11 points).


After the two main winners, The Girl drew names for the remainder of the prizes.  All in Clever Training and I gave away a bunch of shirts, towels, water bottles, bags, a couple of Vivofits, a Microsoft Band (2), and a sweet Thule bag.  Boom!

Of course, lots of folks checked out the cave as well.  Here’s a few pics I took the next morning after folks left – of where it stands today:

Interestingly – I found the best screensaver ever for a cycling locale: Zwift!  You can simply put it in ‘watch’ mode, slap it up on a TV, and then it’ll gracefully switch between real-life riders (somewhere in the world, live) with beautifully cinematic scenes for hours on end.  Loved it!


Once again – a huge thanks to everyone who came!  There were folks from all over Europe, and another that swung by for the morning run in between a flight from India to the US.  Crazy!

We’re definitely looking forward to next year – and perhaps we’ll do some sort of spring/summer event when things are a bit warmer as well.

For those that were there – feel free to post photos in the comments section, would love to see other’s pictures!  And I’m sure other readers would as well.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Fab

    Looks like a lot of fun!!

  2. Nice to see that you had so much fun.

    And nice to see someone with a ‘Den Haag’ shirt :)

  3. Laura

    Thanks again for the very nice day! On your request: here are three of the pics I took.

  4. Laura

    Another pic

  5. Laura

    Yet another pic

  6. Ben Pine

    You guys rock!
    This is definitely a pilgrimage I will have to make one year.

  7. Michael H.

    Love the selfie burst! Looks like everyone who’s ever used a goPro at some point!
    Looks like a great time, but that quiz was a toughie, and here I thought I was a dedicated reader.

  8. Bobby, Ray – thank you.
    It was a very nice evening. Very convivial.

  9. Great evening, thanks for hosting!

  10. kermit262

    Thoroughly enjoyed this post. Wish I could have been among the fortunate people to have attended the run and open house. Very nice of Ray and the Girl to host this.

  11. Doug

    Most recent race? Garmin Triathlon? I don’t remember that one, are you sure? :P

  12. Sean

    Ray – Any details on the drawer system in your cave? Looks like it would be awesome for organizing tools in the garage.

  13. Jeff T.

    A bit of a random comment, but what do most of the people at the meetup do for a living (or readers, for that matter). It could be an interesting thing to poll.

  14. Joseph Bruntz

    Thanks Ray and The Girl for your Hospitality, Warm Welcome, Great Cupcakes and a very nice Event to meet some fellow runners/triathletes in Paris.
    Got lucky with the Microsoft Band 2 and will start using it soon.
    Looking forward to joining again next year… including the run this time!

  15. VitalijS

    Ray has 100% cold resistance

  16. Colin

    If it’s not invading privacy too much, I’d love to see the GPS track for the morning run. I’ll be coming to Paris at the end of January for a conference, staying in the Latin Quarter, and this looks like a great way to start out the mornings and experience the sites differently than most people do. Thanks!

    Of course, if you have other route recommendations, I’d happily take those as well. :-)

  17. Looks like a huge success!! Congrats from New York

  18. David Collins

    Thanks again for hosting the run. Sorry I missed the party but the morning run made me good and sleepy for the 9 hour flight home. The Paris Runaround is now a favorite in my Garmin archive,.

  19. Thank you Ray for your invitation and your welcome.
    And a special thank to the Girl for all the delicious cupcakes.
    Great evening.

  20. T. 'Ironmalle' Jansen

    Dah, should’ve come…Maybe next time!
    On the peleton you guys saw: I believe that was the Climate Express peleton heading for the climate conference. They biked from some point in Flanders to Paris in order to raise more, well, climate awareness.

  21. Jenn

    Is it bad that I skipped right to the end, knowing there would be cake?

  22. Tripp

    What treadmill is that in the cave? Any plans to do a treadmill review or recommendation post?

  23. Johnny Nordahl

    Great morning run and open house. I enjoyed them both thoroughly!
    Thank you Ray and Bobby for putting this event together. I’ll be back next year.

  24. Carsten Tjelder

    Bobby & Ray, thanks for hosting us and to meet you in person. Great evening, nice too meet some fellow Paris based people, whom share a passion & see the place. And some great cakes :-) Looking forward to next time

  25. Scott Roberts

    Who won the 100m. sprint? and was there a prize?

  26. Ben

    Hi Bobbie & Ray –

    A big (belated) thank you for hosting us all last Saturday!

    Both the morning run and the soirée were fantastic fun. It was really cool (a luxury, even!) to chat with so many likeminded people. I got some great tips on swim, bike, run… and enjoyed a fair few of those delicious cupcakes:)

    Hopefully see some of you guys at the Paris half in March.

    Have a great festive holiday and New Year!

  27. Sorry for the late response, had to play with my new running watch first. I got the Garmin Fenix 3, as you advised. I also considered the Epix but decided it was not worth the extra money. And liked the Fenix 3 design more.

    Actually, using a Connect IQ app, it should be possible to use it as an speed-skating watch as well, getting your lap times from MyLaps showing on it. So I don’t have to go skating with a Pebble for the lap times and a Garmin for the heart rate etc, anymore :-)

    Meanwhile, here are my pictures of the day. Enjoyed it very much, thanks for organising, I hope to be there on the next occasion!
    link to picasaweb.google.com

  28. Jean-Michel MAYER

    I won a prize at this party, thank you for the delicious cupcakes I’ve got last saturday at the Cupcakery. But the young lady there told me that it was only a part of the prize and advised me to get to the studio to obtain the other part,… but the door was closed…
    Can you give it to a friend of me, Mary Cotard (another winner), which is supposed to claim her prize today ?
    Many thanks.