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I pedal 100 miles to raise money for the MACC Fund.

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The MACC Fund is Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer. This ride is a charity event, where riders have to get donations to participate. So I have to start here by giving a big thanks to all those who kindly donated to my ride.

I was a little nervous about this. I've died on more rides than I care to think about, and this one looked like it was going to add to the tally. NOAA said 70° at the 7:30am start, and a high of 84° and high humidity. With only about 250 miles of training, this could hurt.

I was invited to ride in a group by friend and co-worker Jim (I've worked for Trek since 1990), who apparently wasn't too excited about getting his picture taken at way-too-early o'clock.

Jim

This is Trek president John Burke addressing the anxious riders at the start. We also listened to an outstanding rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Despite the hoopla, we got off right on time. I started out riding with a group of Trek carbon fiber engineers and friends, including the Ride for Hope jerseys in front of me here.

Yes, it is pretty cool to ride with the best engineers in the cycling industry.

Start

The rest stops were well stocked with all sorts of food and drink. This one even had a live polka band (under the gray tent in the center).

I saw lots of pretty country and cool riding shots, but had put my camera in a plastic bag to protect it from the drenching it would surely get, even if it did not rain. So although I had intended to take more pictures (partly as an excuse to stop and rest), I was rolling and didn't bother.

Polka band

We stopped at most of the rest stops, and I took those opportunities to switch back and forth among groups of friends. At about 50 miles (making it my longest ride of the year), I started to feel a slight twinge in my left hamstring.

I did everything I knew to battle the onset of cramps, and it was successful. This is at 75 miles. Fortunately, the temperature stayed low: a nearby bank sign showed 68°.

At another rest stop, I was again jumping to another group of friends. This is John Riley, Product Manager for Trek mountain bikes. The folks behind him are waiting for John and I to roll so they could draft us. From here on, I rode in with John and his 'gang.'

So I did finish the 100. I even finished feeling strong.
Uh oh. I guess that means I may have to do this again.....

Bottom of the ridge

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