Jeff M. writes in..
“I completed all 6 centuries earlier in the year, but was holding out for trying to get the bonus for doing 12 fulls. Well, in mid-September I had a bad crash while mountain biking with a couple teammates down at Council Bluff, and severely separated my right shoulder. I had to have surgery to repair all the torn ligaments. I have been off the bike ever since. I will be able to start riding again soon, but I doubt I’ll be able to put 7-8 hour rides in for a while. So, here’s my list:
I already submitted 2 centuries so far. #1 was an out and back century down the Katy Trail I submitted to you on March 20, 2015. #2 Was submitted to you on May14th. A 120 mile out and back we did on the Katy Trail, from St.Charles to Herman, and back, on May 9th. We got rained on half the day too. It made for a very soggy, wet, covered in limestone mush, kind of day.
#3 Was for the Death By Gravel event that was on March 30th. A century of back country gravel roads, through the hills of Steelville and Potosi area of Missouri. 10,000ft of climbing made for some sore legs.
#4 & #5 Was the Tour of Herman Gravel Challenge the weekend of April 11-12
This was a 2 stage, 2 day event through the hilly, winding gravel roads of Herman, Missouri. Back to back gravel centuries. 100 on Day 1, and another 100 on Day 2. The word challenge they use in the name, rightfully earns it’s name. That is a challenging event, for sure.
#6 & #7 Fall under the same event, in the same day: the illustrious Dirty Kanza 200, on May 30th in Emporia, Kansas. 200 miles of soggy, muddy, cow dung strewn roads through the Flint Hills of Kansas. I’m sure you know all about this one, in particular this year’s conditions.
Like I said, I was shooting to knock another 5 out before December 31st, but with being off the bike for the last 8 weeks, and the injury, I lost my window to get it done. If the weather holds mild through December, maybe I’ll try and knock another one out.
Thank you for doing this. I look forward to the challenge next year, if you decide to do it again.”
Nice job! Hope you have a speedy recovery and we’ll see you in 2016!