EVENT DATE: Oct 03, 2015
Last year, I signed up for the 24 Hours of Adrenalin race as a solo rider. I was told I was insane. Not only is this mountain bike race a punishing competition that lasts over twenty-four hours – soloists ride through the day and night without ever getting off their bikes - I would be doing it with zero mountain bike experience (when I registered, I didn’t even own a bike). I had three months to learn.
Somehow, I finished that first race and met my lap goal, despite sustaining a broken elbow the week before. It definitely wasn’t pretty. But through the blood, sweat and tears… I had discovered a love for cycling. I signed up for the event again.
When I returned again this year, I won.
Now I’m taking on the next challenge… the World Championships for solo 24-hour mountain bike racing. I’m hoping for your support in this crazy endeavor.
Why am I racing? For the same two reasons as last year.
First, it gives me the excuse to raise money for an organization that I love, Acumen. Acumen invests in businesses and ideas that can have a game-changing impact on the lives of those living in poverty. For those of you that have travelled, you know the realities of poverty – and know how it prevents good people from living a life of basic human dignity. I work with Acumen because they bring change to places in which both foreign aid and markets have failed. I work with Acumen because I know their people and trust in their integrity wholeheartedly.
Second, these races push me to my limits. They force me to confront my physical and mental boundaries and go beyond them. It is difficult to understate the personal growth I have achieved in training for these events. When you train anywhere from 15 to 25 hours a week, and then get on the bike and ride for twenty-four hours straight, you cannot help but grow stronger. The bike has helped me to forge a stronger character. The pain has helped me grow as a person.
If you had told someone last year that I’d win in Canmore this year and be at the World Championships, they would have called you nuts. To be fair, I sucked back then (and still have a LONG way to go). But it does show how much ground you can make towards an audacious goal just by taking one step at a time.
Any contributions – however small – would be deeply appreciated and go towards a great cause.
Note: I am paying for all the costs associated with taking the trip down there. All of the above raised money goes directly to Acumen.