On May 7th, Ainsley turned 7 and I got to ride in the beautiful Flint Hills surrounding Eskridge, Kansas. The even is called Gravel Ride for Maisie's Pride. I was honored to be able to help the event organizer Ryan Dudley put together a website for the event. You can see it at maisiespride.com. Read about Crazy Maisie. It's a great story of an unwavering faith and mission to get her very small community a swimming pool.
While Ainsley was busy celebrating her 7th birthday, I was attempting one of the hardest 100 mile gravel courses out there. The first 25 miles were great. I was keeping up a good pace but then some fatigue from a lack of training struck and my legs decided to succumb to cramp monsters. I barely made it to the half way check point which is also the start/finish of the race. The old RV was looking so inviting but I mustered up some crazy nerve to continue. I made it 64 miles before taking a ride with the local support crew. I was dead last and the cramps were not going away. Normally I can expect them to go away but the endless steep climbs kept them coming back.
I recorded the beginning of the ride on my GoPro. I got lucky that the memory card filled up before my legs fell apart. In these series of videos you will see the first 25 miles of the course. You'll see the rutted and rocked roads, crashes, and friends passing me.
Also remember my last post about Land Run 100 and how I told you all about Jacob Roy and his attempt at Land Run that was cut too short because of the mud and a mechanical failure? Well, he absolutely destroyed it at Maisie's Pride. 1 of only 2 people from Stillwater to finish that day. The other being local bad ass John Brun. Both of those guys crushed it and I couldn't be prouder.