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Thread: Dirty Kanza 200 Ride to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

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    Default Dirty Kanza 200 Ride to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

    Greetings Forum Family.

    It is that time of year when I start to let my legs do good works for others. This year's benefit ride involves the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel road ride in Emporia Kansas. It is a truly amazing ride and my friends Nick has set this up so that we can do it as a charity ride to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

    For lots of us, a bike is actually a luxury item. I could do very well traveling through the things I need to by other means. For people in many parts of the world a bicycle means access to health care, education and economic opportunity. The simple bicycle empowers individuals, families and whole communities. World Bicycle Relief works to make this empowerment happen by doing the following:
    • DESIGN, SOURCE & MANUFACTURE rugged bicycles engineered specifically for rural African terrain and load requirements
    • ASSEMBLE bicycles locally with proper tools and close attention to quality
    • DELIVER bicycles through Work-to-Own & Study-to-Own programs
    • ESTABLISH maintenance infrastructure by training local field mechanics
    • EVALUATE our work through independent studies
    • COMMUNICATE program results to donors and partners


    We've got a group of 10 or so hotshot racers and cycling personalities who are riding to raise awareness and $36,800 for World Bicycle Relief. Yet again, I think I'm the only schmoe on the team. It wasn't bad enough that I had to keep up with a lot of these people last year riding from Boston to DC in 5 days. This year I've got to eat their dust in the middle of Kansas.

    Please take a minute to read about World Bicycle Relief. http://worldbicyclerelief.org/

    Please take a moment to donate to our cause. Every donation helps! Big or small, it all helps! http://action.worldbicyclerelief.org...dividual/DK200

    Last, but not least, spread the word! We've got a HUGE goal and not a lot of time to make it happen. Read a little about WBF and talk to people about it. Share the link on Facebook and Twitter. This is a cool organization doing AMAZING things.

    Thanks again for your support. Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help.

    Pete!

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    You are a beast of a Bunny... amazing the mileage and speed you can generate. My old boss did the death valley double on a fixie... I think that sounds like it's something you'd be into.

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    You always find a way to one up yourself.

    I tip my helmet to you sir, and hope you guys reach your goal.

    Best of luck

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    Thanks y'all. The training is going well. I carried pretty good fitness through the winter break. Working with a lot of friends on training for other events that they're doing has been helpful for this too. It is easier to work together toward goals like this... even if I'm doing a few miles before and after others in the group.

    The fund raising is starting a little slowly, but it will pick up as more people start spreading the word.

    Have a great day y'all!

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    Thanks y'all. The training is going well. I carried pretty good fitness through the winter break.
    I'll say! You were flying on Sunday. The last time I remember you going that hard was on a climb up Goldsboro off McArthur last winter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    I'll say! You were flying on Sunday. The last time I remember you going that hard was on a climb up Goldsboro off McArthur last winter!
    Thank you. Kind of you to say it. 10 pounds lighter makes a difference. Another 5 will help. Not sure I want to go too far below that.

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    Thank y'all so much for your support on this ride. It was an amazing outpouring of local support that really helped fuel a GREAT ride.

    The team did extremely well. We won and took fourth in the women's division. We took 14th overall in Men's division. We took 4th in single speed class. The only team member that didn't finish topped her longest ride ever by over 50 miles. We raised close to another $1000 by hanging out at the WBR tent and talking to people when we weren't riding.

    My ride was GREAT, though I didn't get the time I'd hoped for. That didn't detract from it at all. There was a LOT to overcome. My shoulder felt like it wanted to fall off. I broke a tooth. I got 6 flats. I had to wait for a train to pass for about 25 minutes. It was the last 2 that really helped me make the decision to change my goal for the race from finishing in a good time to helping everyone I could to finish safely. That slowed me down a bit, but also opened up a huge can of awesome on the ride. One guy in particular was almost literally talking to unicorns when he came upon me. It took a while to get him mellowed out, relaxed and dealing with reality well enough to get his support crew summoned. The course was much more difficult than people had anticipated. Lots of people who didn't think that they'd be out after dark were still on course, with more than 15 miles to go when the sun had set and night had fallen. Little lights that help you be seen have NO power to guide you in rural Kansas. I guess my planning paid off there. I had enough light to fry ants. For the last 15-17 miles I became lead goose... riding down the middle of the road lighting the way... with 3 or 4 people fanning back behind me on either side a "V" formation. It was good teamwork. When someone needed something, we all pitched in to make it happen. We collected people without lights as we rolled back into Emporia.

    Hearing the roar of the crowd as we rode up was amazing. The whole downtown was packed with people partying and relaxing after their ride. There were tons of spectators and support crews to welcome us home.

    A few things to note: You cannot imagine how huge the sky is and how lovely that looks. The view we kept getting as riders was this huge sky with puffy clouds and a straight line of dirt road rolling all the way to the horizon.


    When the view presents this, we most often were riding all the way to the horizon.

    This ride was very difficult. Almost 1000 people started. Fewer than half finished. Over 100 miles of the ride was into an 18mph wind... or even worse, a cross wind at your face. The roads were usually too narrow to get much of a draft. One particularly brutal part of Sector 3 had us riding into the headwind for just over 30 miles on some of the roughest, hilliest roads of the ride with absolutely no breaks. That's I met Mr. "I Talk to Unicorns". He was so far gone, he couldn't figure out which one of me was the real one that he should talk to. He was talking to me, but looking 18" to my right.

    The community COMPLETELY gets behind this ride. They get that it is a HUGE draw to their small town and they freaking roll out the red carpet for the riders and their crews. Every time we were riding around town in the days leading up to the race, people would drive up next to us, roll down their window to welcome us to town. I had people who I'd held the door for and rode in the elevator with tell me that they were really happy that we'd met. The town was absolutely draped in DK200 banners and signs. You cannot begin to imagine the amount of love that came out of EVERY LOCAL. I went to as many of the local sponsors to thank them and buy something from their shop. In the local tattoo parlor (I bought an awesome custom t-shirt that is too naughty to describe, but it had been made specifically for the DK200 weekend... and it was pink) I met the owner, thanked him and got a HUGE hug. The dude was a serious contender for the world championships in beard growing. (I'm not actually kidding there. He completes and wins and I totally believe it.)

    Did I mention that this ride was hard? A buddy doing the race had hydration problems early in the day and never really got over them. He was sick, but pushed through the full 200. At the end he went directly to the ER and got 3 bags of IV fluids before they'd even think of discharging him. I rode home with his bike in the Missing Man Formation. People were soooo awesome. It is almost midnight and I had 4 different people pull up to offer me a ride back to the hotel. I told them I was finishing out to honor a friend who had finished, but couldn't make the ride back to the hotel.

    I can't wait to go back! I'd go ride it again next weekend if I could.... just to spend a little time in that kind of bicycle-loving atmosphere. It's a drug... a damn good drug.


    Finish Line Self Portrait

    Blog entry about the ride: http://lovemycommute.blogspot.com/20...h-service.html
    Photos:
    Day 1: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogr...7633826186284/
    Day 2: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogr...7633846624590/
    Day 3 (Race Day): http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogr...7633877299743/
    Day 4: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogr...7633879054540/ and http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedrogr...7633910687210/

    Thank you all for your support and your generosity. You are wonderful and it is an honor to get to hang with you!!!


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    Absolutely stellar work, Pete! Huge congratulations to you and Sean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txgoonie View Post
    Absolutely stellar work, Pete! Huge congratulations to you and Sean.
    Thanks! Sean was freaking amazing. We went back and forth all day long until I kinda pulled the plug on my ride. He totally rocked it!

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    Wow! Look at that sky and mile after mile of dirt. Congrats on a excellent ride! I'm sure your playing the role of mother goose was appreciated by all. Well done!

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