The Girl’s Newsletter Valentines Giveaway Page

Hi All!

Thanks for finding the Valentines Giveaway page! As I said in the Newsletter, this is a giveaway just for you, Newsletter Readers! Ray won’t be sharing this on Twitter or any other various forms of social media.

I’m sure you’re impatiently awaiting “WHAT IS THE PRIZE??”

The winner will get a $500USD credit to, our most excellent partner in this giveaway crime.  By supporting the site through Clever Training you also can save 10% on basically anything they sell (or get points instead).  If you win, you can use that credit for anything. Seriously. Well anything on their site.

How to enter:

Simply leave a comment below. Preferably an idea to peer pressure Ray into doing something romantic for his one and only this Valentine’s season. Otherwise, do be sure to leave some sort of comment more than just a word, as that sometimes leads to your comment getting stuck in SPAM. And no matter how much the Hawaiians try to sell it to you, there ain’t nothin’ good about SPAM.

That’s it. Go forth and good luck!

The giveaway entry period will run through Thursday, February 14th, 2019 until 11:59PM US Eastern Time.  Winner will be selected randomly.  One entry per person. 


  1. H.W.

    From Haarlem with Valentine’s love!

  2. Eduardo

    You MUST get her a pizza oven!. Arguably is what she is expecting from you.

  3. Matt Guyatt

    Strava art dedicated to the girl!

  4. Nicholas Wood

    Ooooh! Newsletter giveaway! How about a night away here

  5. Frosty

    Make her breakfast buddy!!

  6. John Kissane

    Very kind, thanks!

  7. Have a great Valentine’s!

  8. Alex

    Surprise her with a hiking trip to someplace scenic and romantic.

  9. Nighthawk700

    Ray, The Girl does some great PR for you through the newsletters. Treat her right this Valentines Day! Maybe make her some pizza made in a homemade portable pizza oven? (oops)

  10. Robert B

    Hi Bobbie, I’m sure Ray will treat you like a princess Thursday

  11. Jeremy

    I heard you really love home cooked pizza. Enjoy sunny Cape Town. Jealous.

  12. Rob Leach

    Happy Valentines Day!

  13. Patrick

    Another weekend away, and this time check the roads first!

  14. Lisa Appelson

    Such a generous giveaway! Thanks very much. Unfortunately, I’ve got no good ideas, but enjoy whatever you end up doing!

  15. David Chrisman

    Ray will do fine but my wife does love her Apple AirPods. Handy when you are somewhere public and want to keep to self or drown out the horrible music Target is playing these days.

  16. Dan Frazier

    Love the newsletter and reviews. It’s amazing to see how much traction your team has gained as an authority on gear and rays opinions are highly regarded. Also, love the famiy highlights too. It’s amazing to expose your kids to so many awesome experiences. I hope to win the gift card for clever training to upgrade our family activity trackers.

  17. Alan

    Macarons! Don’t know if they have Pierre Herme or Laduree in Amsterdam, but you know there’s few things as good as the Laduree salted caramel macaron!!

  18. Sandy Milton

    Ray, having had the pleasure of meeting you and “The Girl” in December, can I respectfully suggest that you treat to something special this Valentines day – a pizza oven perhaps, or flowers and chocolates…

  19. Carl

    Happy Valentines all…..


    Really enjoy the “below the fold” section of the newsletter!

  21. Peter Benjamins

    I think Ray should do nothing and let the girl be “mister” romantic! ? ps. Okay okay, maybe he could sing a romantic Michael Buble song ??

  22. Ewan Hardie

    Ray should get the Girl the gift of time! What every parent wants more time, time to yourself, time with your spouse!

  23. Radu Muresan

    Keep up the good work Ray 🙂

  24. Mikael Sandberg

    When the Girl makes such a generous offer for the followers you must give her a special Valentine’s evening.

  25. Andy Jelagin

    Thanks! Hope you two have a great VDay!

  26. Luke

    Wahoo giveaway!!!

  27. Flemming Vind

    it is always hard to say what others should do.
    But I can say what I that Ray could do that is also supporting some of the gadgets.
    – He can run a Heart shaped run for you
    – make a secret romantic setting that he shows with a drone and you need to find it to get it.

  28. Andrew Clarke

    Lots of romantic things to do in Cape Town. Lucky you!

  29. Siemen

    Go Ray, let’s take Bobby for a Valentine’s dinner!

  30. Tim Doole

    Has Ray completed hi Pizza oven job list yet?

  31. Dawn Lester

    Hiya from a DC triathlete!!!

    Ray! Get a baby sitter and take the girl out for a REALLY nice dinner at one of these:

    Ciel Bleu
    Aan de Poel

  32. David Balfoort

    Happy Valentine’s Day.

  33. Kris

    You are working so hard on your time away from home (he did post a picture of you doing the accounting), you deserve a wonderful romantic Valentine’s day!

  34. Andy Turnbull

    Ray, I treated my wife by buying myself a new HRM… Not only does my heart skip a beat every time I see her, but now I have the data to prove it!

  35. Julien Chenelat

    Well, I believe you live in the Netherlands, so I guess, there is nothing more romantic than a dinner by the water (maybe the canal if you are in Amsterdam), although at that time of the year, might be really chilly outside.

  36. Philip C

    This would qould be great for picking up a Fenix. Been waiting too long for spotify on my VA3m!

  37. Marcus

    You guys are AWESOME!

  38. Patrick


  39. Liam

    The classic – dinner and a movie.

  40. Jean-François Thomas

    Happy Valentine’s day !

  41. Kristopher Wekarchuk

    What a great idea for Valentines! I promise to share -almost – half with my better half! :))))

  42. Stuart

    Spam is amazing!

  43. Peter Johns

    Even though V Day is only a Hallmark holiday, Ray, make sure you do something for the other girls in your life as well. Best to think experience not chocolates!

  44. Anthony Lo Sasso

    *Love* the newsletter! Keep up the good work!

  45. Shaun Moran

    Ray should buy you an outdoor pizza oven 😉


    Reckon he should enter another race after the successful top 5 in cape town!

  47. Cindy mason

    Congrats on your top 5 finish

  48. Andrew Myall

    I shall be cooking my lovely wife a valentines meal of her choice…

  49. Wilbert

    I actually think Ray should get his pizza-oven, so you could both have a romantic Italian themed night.

  50. Ted

    A heart shaped long run on Strava seems like a good compromise between testing running watches and romance!

    link to

  51. Murray Lake

    $500 would be enough to get the wife and myself a present ?

  52. Gerard Fleet

    For Valentine’s, I’m sure The Girl would enjoy some Purity Kisses.
    Great job guys

  53. Brandon

    I’m not usually one for lots of Valentines celebrations (just ask my wife!) but c’mon Ray, do something nice for The Girl!

  54. Brad Fiorenza

    Hey Ray, you should buy her a kit with hearts on it!

  55. 8

    Happy Valentine’s Day !

  56. Rien

    What’s wrong with a nice romantic dinner? 😉

  57. Christian Bedsvaag

    Hello! And happy valentines 🙂

  58. William

    Weather currently looks pretty perfect for a sun-downers cruise around Table Bay/ Granger Bay… Plenty options that go from the Waterfront!

  59. Thank you for the newsletter goodness! 🙂

  60. Ryan Morin

    Really enjoy the newsletter.

  61. Alan Rhea

    may have to share with the wife if i win. it is valentines after all

  62. simon

    What about running on the beach in sunset and share heart rate 🙂

  63. Duce Tate


  64. Steve

    Hi there

  65. A Bouquet of Veggies?

  66. Javier P.

    Lovely newsletter surprise! Romantic idea: just go for a pair’s run *without* any gadget at all!

  67. Piet Barendse

    I’m terrible at romantic gestures myself… But a nice evening out with a good meal is always a great idea!

  68. I think my wife might appreciate this more than a box of chocolates!

  69. Whats more romantic than saying I love you by buying a new bike……… fro yourself 🙂
    Keep up the great website and content.

  70. Ben Pine

    You’re a diamond.
    (Hint, hint, Ray 😉 )

  71. Robin White

    Ray could make you pizza for valentines. Must be able to get his pizza oven down there.

  72. Jaap Wagenvoort

    OK, I’m here. If I win the $500,- I will donate $100,- to Ray with the requirement to use that to buy something for The Girl! I know you’re in Holland and in Holland ‘going Dutch’ means splitting bills etc, but that not romantic at all so I would then want Ray to buy a nice present for The Girl in order to support/fuel her new racing goals!

    I will find a great goal for the remaining $400,- … we all win 🙂

    Br. Jaap Wagenvoort
    Bennekom, Netherlands

  73. Adam

    Good luck, Ray!

  74. Josh Crelia

    Hello, I recommend a foot massage.

  75. David Fusfeld

    Oy with the puns. :facepalm:

  76. Garrett

    Hope y’all have a great Valentines Day!

  77. Amy H

    Leave sticky note suggestions all over the place

  78. Garrett

    Got a photo-frame thingy with photos of all our adventures hiking and riding in AZ and Colorado.

  79. Johann

    Welcome to sunny South Africa 🙂

  80. Joseph Marino

    Hi. Thanks

  81. Patrick

    Hi guys! You’re doing an amazing job keeping us informed and entertained about new techy stuff!

    Oh and about Valentines ideas… Could you please forward me the ones you are getting?! ?


  82. Ewelina Rosa

    Love you guys! Keep doing this awesome thing called life!

  83. Pat

    come on ray, take the lady on a sunset cruise.

    Would take mine but it’s winter in New England and not a whole lot of fun out on the water…

  84. Lee

    A $500 CT credit would let me buy myself the perfect Valentines gift!

  85. Urko

    Something romantic? A triathlon!!

  86. Matt O'Brien

    Ideal Valentines gift for the girl, a new training plan 😉

  87. Jonas

    Valentine’s Day couples run followed by massage

  88. Dom

    Beautiful, thanks so much! Does the credit also apply to the European CT store?

  89. David

    Ray, there’s nothing better than building a pizza oven for the one you love… 🙂

  90. Bachulator


  91. Happy Valentines Day!

  92. Stephen de Souza

    Happy Valentine’s to the boy and the girl

  93. albert

    Happy Valentine’s Day and enjoy SA!

  94. Welch Suggs

    Just to say that I love the newsletter tone and format–makes for a fun read every week!

  95. Steven

    Cool idea!

  96. Matthias

    Well, as you are into cooking anyway a nice dinner would be appropriate, including some good wine?!

  97. Niels Thijssen

    An idea for Ray’s Valentine event: visit an Escaperoom game. After succesfull collaboration and escaping, enjoy each others company with a romantic dinner by candle light.

  98. Carter Terry

    I have never gone wrong with the old classic of a box of chocolates for my wife. I have a gourmet chocolate shop near my office that never fails to please this time of year. In my house at least, you can’t go wrong with high end dark chocolate.

  99. Mathieu van Linde

    A lovely bouquet of roses!

  100. James

    i will never get a better chance to win one of these giveaways…

  101. Angel

    I love the newsletter!!

  102. Richard W.

    I see a Valentine’s Day sunset cruise for the Makers…

  103. Tom Haywood

    First to comment, but I never win anything!!!

  104. Ann S

    Congratulations on ‘top 5’!

  105. TLa

    Would be nice to win, the missus is in need of a new running watch 😀

  106. Jonas Larsson

    New toys for Valentines… just what the doctor ordered.

  107. Giovanni

    Keep it up with the newsletter, I really enjoy your style!!
    ( No suggestions for St. Valentine, sorry)

  108. Maeluen Gruman

    Nice romantic four course dinner with wine pairing!

  109. Phil Jones

    Buy the Pizza Oven…

  110. Vincent

    Love the image (and pun)!

  111. Michael Fisher

    Huge fan of the website (and newsletter). Ray – wine an chocolates.

  112. Pete R.

    Love is the answer…

  113. Anthony

    Take you out on a surfing lesson!

  114. EW

    Thanks for this!

  115. Steve

    Always enjoy the thoughts of The Girl in the newsletter, so thanks a lot for doing this! Fingers crossed!

  116. Elliot

    How about some flowers for The Girl, Ray?

  117. Robert Donoghue

    Good luck Ray.

  118. Richard Hagen

    Hello World! Thanks for a awesome newsletter and reviews 😉

  119. Wolf

    Ray loves you, and I would love to win this giveaway

  120. Carl

    Breakfast in bed made by him and the peanuts?

  121. Mat

    Well, I don’t have good suggestions for peer-pressuring Ray into doing something romantic, but here is my comment for the secret giveaway anyway!

  122. Jörg

    Sorry, no suggestions for Ray but a warm “hello” from here. Keep up the Newsletter-Fun 🙂

  123. Mike Boone

    Happy Valentines Day!

  124. Roger

    Love the newsletter, keep it up!

  125. Marco V

    I don’t know if he’s a cooking guy, but Ray could prepare a romantic dinner for you two!

  126. Azryder

    Love your weekly email and look forward to receiving it. Can hardly wait for the Sea Otter Classic where I hope to see you. That trip should be a Valentine’s day present for the girl.
    She is right to stay tough on the pizza oven until all the “to-do” list items are done. ?

  127. Gin

    Not too much like Valentine’s day; luckily my wife do neither. Better to do romantic on random / regular base, then stick for 1 single day of the year.

  128. Koen

    Woo sectret giveaway! Ray: get her a nice bottle of SA wine!

  129. Simon Langham

    Thanks for the surprise newsletter giveaway. Still drawing a blank on what to do this year, the 15-20 cm of snow we are about to get has pulled the focus for this week a little.

  130. Lasse Soerensen


  131. Jens Rasmussen

    Happy valentines!

  132. william

    Woot! Happy VD yall.

  133. Andrew Lind

    Get Ray to take you to The Bungalow for a nice Valentines lunch

  134. Christian Karlberg


  135. Matt

    let’s do this !

  136. Mario

    Hi Girl… It seems your next year destination will be in South America, to nail the three southern continents…
    Love to hear from your day-to-day lives on the second section of the newsletter.

  137. Jack Toland

    Swim, bike and run sounds like a great Valentine’s….

  138. JimL

    Bedroom power meter review?

  139. Claire Reichel


  140. Sam

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  141. Eric Finnen

    Happy Valentines day all.. (a few days early)… Now what to get the wife…

  142. Paco

    Happy Valentine’s!!!

  143. Brian Owens

    Love the newsletter. As a fellow Boston terrier there needs to be more Lucy!

  144. Mark Wells

    Buy the girls some flowers Ray

  145. Walter Tsui

    Happy Valentines Day!!

  146. Chris

    Happy Valentine’s!

  147. Jens

    a romantic bike tour with a Picknick in the end

  148. Jon Niehof

    Seems to me Ray has a list of things he can do for the lady (that would also involve a pizza oven at some point). But I’m more of a pragmatic-romantic. 🙂

  149. Rich

    Been following for years, keep up the fantastic work!

  150. Vitor Rosa

    OK, this may sound simple, but it’s guaranteed to work, Ray, girls will always love flowers; since you’re currently living in the Netherlands, tulips will be an easy and evident choice, but aren’t tulips beautiful? 😉 Even if you’re still in South Africa for Valentine’s Day, I’m sure there should be tulips in a flower shop down there. Keep up the wonderful work and enjoy your vacation. Best regards

  151. Steven

    Roses are red, violets are blue. Some girls love flowers, but I think yours wants Di2

  152. Reto

    As valentine’s day special I suggest Ray shall look after the kids whilst you can have time for running 🙂 Okay, admittedly I am only here to get the prize – I do have not any super romantic suggestion…

  153. Alan

    Valentines chocolate and wine!

  154. Rachel Ward

    Happy valentines.

  155. Simone Pillon

    Hello, I love the newsletter. Great work!

  156. Paul Tomblin

    Yes, please! I need a new Forerunner 930!

  157. Andrew M

    There’s gotta be a comment in there somewhere about Valentines and heart rates.

  158. Blair Faulk

    A repeat of the “weekend” away, sans “alien vegetation”!

  159. Stephen

    This is awesome

  160. Simon

    Unfortunately the most romantic thing I’ve planned for the 14th is a cycle to the dentist with one of my sons…..

  161. StephenA

    Personally I’d be kind of worried taking gift suggestions from the site readership…

  162. Doug

    “Preferably an idea to peer pressure Ray into doing something romantic for his one and only this Valentine’s season.”

    Well, as I see it, Ray works WAY to hard at bringing us all this Tech Review goodness, so my “pressure” would be for the Ladies of the house (all 4 of them) to do a little romantic something for HIM!

  163. Markus Wråke

    A night at the Opera!

  164. Dave

    Woohoo… Free stuff! I’ll be your Huckleberry..err Valentine!

  165. Misti Schroll

    Sounds like a great weekend. Maybe coupon to do again 😀

  166. Christian Manthei

    I think that a nice bottle of Champagne and a food item with truffle in it goes a long way!!

  167. Kim

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  168. Florian

    I’m not the greatest fan of valentine’s day, because I don’t like bouquets, but something sweet for your SO is allways nice.

  169. Arno

    A lovely bouquet of flowers will do ?

  170. Dean

    Big fan of the newsletter.

  171. Jon M

    Hello there! I think the only thing that Ray could do to be super romantic, would be to buy you a pizza oven….

  172. Jonas S.

    Well, I guess without a valentine I can at least get a present for myself.

  173. Brad Borgald

    Ray should take The Girl out on a date.

  174. Gouke

    Ray could take you on a sun dawn boat trip for valentine.

  175. Erik

    He ought to buy you one rose for each bike he owns/has owned

  176. Dave

    According to instructions: “Hello.”

  177. Alejandro Mendoza

    They don’t have it down there but the Valentines day BOGO promo at Qudoba and a bottle of Cava.

  178. Taylor Shiver

    This sure would be helpful in my fitness journey to get buff for my sweetie 🙂

  179. Christy Borgald

    Buy her a new bike !

  180. John Beardsworth

    Keep up the great newsletter work, it always brings a smile to my face.

  181. Kathy Marino


  182. Dave Giles

    Intervals, that gets the heart beating fast ;-).

  183. John Pophal

    Hello. Is it really romantic if Ray has to be pressured into it? Just saying.

  184. benichoux

    I would go for a Fenix 5s to replace my wife’s broken watch.

  185. Ruben Kvalsvik

    Fix babysitter and a table on a restaurant in secret and surprise her with it.

  186. Phil

    Please Ray, do something romantic and buy a Pizza owen to the girl!

  187. Andrew

    Get the girl some flowers Ray!

  188. Perry

    I love what you both do – you’re a staple in my fitness world! Thank you! ❤️

  189. Thijs

    Nothing like good ol’ email!
    Thanks for filling my inbox with stuff that isn’t boring.

    What I’d do with 500 bucks of credit? Hmm… Maybe get the Mrs. a more fancy schmancy sports watch? She enjoys her Vivosport but who knows. I’ll ask her if I win it, that’s for sure.

    Valentine’s is just “the day after my birthday” here. No harm with spreading the love through the entire year imho 🙂

  190. robert day

    My wife said to forget roses and chocolates. She wants a new beach house.

  191. Steven Olander

    Hi Ray I hope you are enjoying the higher temp. As much as we, the newsletter family enjoys the reviews. I hope you can find time to treat the girl with a awesome Valentine’s dinner. You could see if Ooni have pizza ovens down in the warm south.

  192. Chris Apperley

    Roses are Red, some bikes are blue, DC Rainmakers Girl has a surprise for you 🙂 xx

  193. Mark M

    Got to be a romantic turbo session!

  194. Matt D.

    Jewelry is usually always well received, Ray. And a nice card!

  195. Jac

    Should be easy enough for Ray to come up with a romantic surprise in beautiful Cape Town.

  196. Nicolas Morin’s me

  197. Crocodile1

    Hello there, giveaway!

  198. Francesco Arfilli

    Frankie says “Relax”
    I suggest to go to a nice SPA for the whole day

  199. Steven W

    Love the blog and newsletter! Tell Ray to find a tandem bike and take a ride (or tandem zwift session if he puts if on his trainer). Dual purpose if he affixes four head units to it as well!