UPDATE: As of today, October 19th, $190 has been donated at my LiveStrong page. I am committed to riding 38 miles. It’s not 100, but it’s still a lot. I’ll make sure it’s a tough 38 miles. Definitely singletrack. Thanks to all those who donated!
My pledge: I will ride my mountain bike
100 miles in one day…
But it’s up to you how many miles I actually ride…For every donation of 5 dollars at my LivesStrong page in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation, I will ride 1 mile, up to a whopping 100 miles. That means I need 100 people to each donate 5 bucks or one person to donate $500.
Bottom line: $500 donated at http://austin09.livestrong.org/arizona = 100 miles of dirt under my wheels.
Team Fatty Austin is just short of our goal of $175,000. We’ve got just over a month to close that gap. Please donate and tell your friends. I will document my 100 mile ride and share the adventure here.
Why are you doing this? I am taking the LiveStrong Challenge. As a member of Team Fatty Austin. I am raising money to fight cancer. My grandmother died of cancer when I was 8. Cancer has afflicted family and friends of mine: Lorin, David, Jackee, Lisa, Scott, Truman, and Jimmy. I ride for them. I ride to fight cancer.
When will you ride? In October, before the Austin Livestrong Challenge on October 24th and 25th. I will post more details as the miles add up.
Where will you ride? On the Mogollon Rim. Elevations 7000 plus, but cooler temps than Phoenix. Proposed route:
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What kind of trail will you ride? Mostly forest roads and ATV trails (and perhaps a bit of singletrack). I have not scouted this road, but it looks good on paper. The last time I rode 20 miles of singletrack on the rim it took me six hours. Hopefully forest roads are kinder. I could be in for quite an adventure.
Have you ever ridden 100 miles in one day on your mountain bike before? No. The last time I did a big ride was back in 1995. I rode 63 miles. Before that I rode 30. Earlier this year I rode two 30 mile rides.
Will riding 100 miles in one day on your mountain bike kill you? No. But it will hurt. I guarantee that. I will suffer. But only until 100 miles are logged. It could take up to 14 hours (I sure hope I am faster than that though). No amount of my suffering will even equal a drop of the suffering that is caused by cancer.