Sunday, December 31, 2017

Pelotonia 2017, what a great weekend!

What a fantastic Pelotonia weekend! The weather couldn't have been better! I had a wonderful time riding with the boys. Thank you again everyone for your support!

Below are photos from the weekend. Enjoy!

Friday night check-in, Robby (3rd year rider) checked in first...

...then Skyler (1st year rider!).

The boys getting their swag bags. Very cool backpacks this year, with an awesome looking t-shirt inside!

Dinner Friday night, you know those two went back for more :)

Faster than all the dinosaurs, except for the velociraptor.

The stage is set for a great evening

Saturday morning at the start.

Saturday morning, getting ready to roll out!

Sky, cruising out on the road. Robby road with us for a few minutes, but by this time he was well ahead of us.

Some buddies of mine. Josh, on my right, has ridden Pelotonia for 8 years. Jeremy, on my left, has ridden for 8 years as well.

We found Robby at the first rest stop.

Fueling up!

Moving right along!

Skyler's on my first racing bike, an all steel Pinarello.

25 mile rest stop...

...and 35 mile rest stop. Ten miles to go!

Finished! The boys did a great job!

I headed out after having lunch with Claud and the boys. This was the Granville rest stop, they were already starting to break it down when I got there.

This was really cool to see along the route. Apparently the guy who painted it is the same guy who painted the barns with the Ohio bicentennial symbol back in 2003 (for the bicentennial he painted a side to a barn in each county; there are 88 counties in OH!)

Mile 77. At this point, I am tired and my butt is sore. Not a good sign with so many miles left.

Done with Day 1!

Day 1, finished!

I know the owner of this shop, Ric Noland, he's one of the hardest working guys in the bike biz in Columbus. He does fantastic work!

Saturday morning, waiting to roll out.

First rest stop. Luckily I got there early, by the time I left the line for the porta johns was about 25 people deep.

Fastest way to mix Gatorade for some thirsty people!

Next few pics I'm just riding along, enjoying the day.

My buddy Zak at one of the rest stops. I gave him my 'Superstar Volunteer' wristband. He's always out there cheering us on. And he rode the day before, too!

Band playing at Zak's rest stop.

Rest stop at 40 miles in.

Final rest stop before the last few miles to the finish.

Me and Pelotonia CEO Doug Ulman.

These ice pops were a great refresher on the hot day.

Day 2, all done!

Best support crew ever! Thank you again to everyone for your donations, support, and encouragement! I'm already looking forward to next year!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Pelotonia 2017 training photos, and Pelotonia 2016, the ride!

Me and the boys heading out for a training ride to get ready for Pelotonia 2017! Just below these photos is my write-up on Pelotonia 2016.

Pelotonia 2016 was very different for me. Even though I rode 100 miles on Saturday, it was the first time in 8 years I did not cross the Pelotonia finish line on Saturday.

Say what?

Weird, right? Let me explain. On August 1, five days before the big ride, Claud called me and said she had just talked to her dad and found out her mom had fallen down the stairs late the night before and broken her leg. She was going to need surgery and it was going to have to happen this week. Claud came home from work, packed her stuff, and headed up to her folks. The surgery went well but Claud stayed up there for a week to help her parents. So that meant I would drive Robby and I down to the start on Saturday, ride with him to New Albany, ride with him to the house, ride up to Granville and then ride back to downtown Columbus to make sure I got in 100 miles.

The boys helping set up the Express Peloton tent before the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.

Sky wants to get a ride in one of these next year!

After we set up the Express Peloton tent, we went home, showered ate lunch, and then headed back downtown for the Opening Ceremony.

Checking in.

We got our Swag bags and headed out to the partay!

They feed us well the night before. 

Ready to roll!

At the start.

First rest stop.

Rest stop #2.

Done! Great job!

Time for lunch!

I then rode out to Granville, got something to eat, and headed back downtown to get the car.

Saturday ended up being 107 miles in total. I got home at 6:30 that evening, ate dinner, and went to bed.

Masi knew I was exhausted.

Rise and shine! Early the next morning I set out to ride 40 miles and meet some friends at one of the Pelotonia rest stops.

It was a beautiful morning to ride!

I got to see all the rest stops being set up. 

Rest stop where I met my buddies, then I turned around and rode 40 miles back with them.

Finished! Another Pelotonia in the books! Thank you for your support!