This past Saturday, Ed rode in the El Tour de Mesa. He signed up for the 100K (61 mile) ride and in this photo was waiting for them to announce the 6:30 A.M. start of the ride.
Unfortunately, due to a flat tire, Ed wasn't able to finish the ride. He called me about three hours later to come pick him up.
When I got to him and he loaded the bike into the truck, we drove the route he just rode. All 45 miles of it.
Let me tell you, I was absolutely blown away by the route. It was insanely hilly, with multiple inclines. He climbed over 1,000 feet during his ride, a good portion of it through Tonto National Forest. I was uncomfortable going up and down the hills and I was in a cushy vehicle. You couldn't have paid me to ride a bike over that route. Seriously. No amount of money.
The route included riding on a state highway, with open roads, and other secondary roads through the national forest that were closed to general traffic. On the map you'll see the intersection of Ellsworth and University - that's where I picked Ed up - he had gotten through the worst of the ride. The remaining 12 miles back to the finish line would have been the easiest part of the ride. All flat, all the way.
I am incredibly proud of Ed and super impressed with his ability to do this ride. When he puts his mind to something, he just gets it done. He decided on Thursday that he wanted to participate in the ride and boom! it was done.
So, congratulations to my Eddie. You did a great job!!
Here's to more rides in the future!
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