Team Velo + raced our first event yesterday at the Dirty Kanza 200. Emporia hosted over 1270 riders for the DK.
The team started strong and as with any race some of us found some bad luck and bad timing.
We had a busted derailleur, a blown out BB, one flat that I know of- mine and other problems that frankly just happens on a race like this.
Overall we did great! Kurt killed it and place in the top 112 overall. This was Kurt's first DK!
Deffer finished his first DK in 17:10.
Joshua, Drew, Paul and myself completed the 110 Half Pint in a span of 9:30 to 12:12.
All I can say is the this race was the hardest most difficult thing I have ever done, period.
At mile 70 my body was done, I had food and water but I was done. From here on out it was 10 miles at a time. At mile 90 I took a nap, ate then drank then on to 100. My breaks were more frequent and needed.
At mile 103 I pulled over and took a quick break, when I got on the bike I had flat. At that moment I was done for good. I had no energy to fix a flat or to continue. With 7 miles to go I texted Maria for a pick up.
As I rested in the shade and grass a guy came by and said " finish strong man!" Uggh, damn it! I texted Maria again and told her I was going to try to finish.
So I fixed my flat and got back on the bike.
I didn't have a cue sheet so I waited for the next person to tag along with. John was a god send. He was in worse shape than I was and we worked together to pedal slowly taking many breaks and finally crossing the finish line together. Thanks John for the conversation and the buddy system to get us there.
My time was 12:12 I think, someone handed me a mug and many people were cheering so forgot the official time. Either way I was glad to be done.
Many thanks goes to Team Velo + for making this possible, David, Tim and the others tagging along providing support, the race team and lastly both Greg and Julie for covering the store.
A special thanks goes to Richard Pool. He had this crazy idea to ride the DK last year and asked if I wanted to do it. I said yes and then it blossomed to a team with race support and many people involved, thanks bro.
This was a race to remember and I look forward to next year!
Who's with us?