Maxi, my sweetie and the love of my life, knew Saturday's 200K would be a milestone ride, and she showed up at the finish with these cupcakes and a tray of brownies. Thanks, lover!
I wasn't feeling all that special Saturday, riding fixed gear with a head cold and legs still heavy from the previous week's 1000K. Thankfully, I got towed home over the final 20 miles by two talented young riders, Ian (Adrian's son; seated in the photo) and Moshe. When I see guys like this out riding the long distances, I know the future of our sport is indeed bright. It was my honor to finish with them.
A tip of the hat to Dan Driscoll, the Dallas RBA and the informal leader of Texas' K-Hounds, who got several of the Tarheel riders interested in a 10,000K annual goal. If you look through the results, you'll have no trouble spotting the other two riders, who each have more than 8,000K so far this year.
I'm indebted to Dan's gentle nudge, and l'm also indebted to all of the folks I shared so many great kilometers with. Couldn't have done it without you. And wouldn't have wanted to do it without you.