We did it! All 101 miles! And raised $23,000 for cancer research!
We were in the saddle for 7:02 and on the road just over 8.5 hours. Wife Brenda and Daughter-in-Law Melissa did a stellar job of driving the SAG wagon (support vehicle). No father could be prouder of his sons. They coached, coddled, encouraged and force fed me throughout the day. If I never eat another "Goo" it will be too soon.
All that counts is in the end the good guy got the girl!
Boulder CO July 2009
This is what son Mason had to say about the ride beforehand and he could not have been more accurate......
Chris is on point when he says this is a great ride. We do multiple variations regularly throughout the summer. We’ll start from Boulder and the legs will get warmed as we cruise the first 35 miles or so north towards Carter Lake. Despite being in the plains, we are far enough from the base of the foothills to get great views of the big mountains that you can’t get from Boulder and other foothills towns. Once we past Carter Lake we will hit Big Thompson canyon and we’ll settle in for a nice steady climb to Estes Park. Beautiful scenery as you come up the canyon, which is very narrow at times, and catch glimpses of the large mountains ahead of you. The canyon is gradual, but once we reach Estes we will be at around 7500 feet, 2000 feet above Boulder. After some necessary fuel at one of our local gas stations in Estes, we begin what I would call the toughest climb of the day, around about 6 miles, out of Estes Park. Despite being a touch steeper the grade is steady, so once in a good rhythm the climb goes by quickly, particularly if you pay attention to the views rather than your legs! As you top the hill and head towards Allens Park it’s a nice smooth, mostly downhill cruise with a great shot of the shear face of Long’s Peak on your right hand side, which looks like you could reach out and touch it. Soon thereafter we will hit the peak to peak highway and have what is for the most part a nice steady climb towards Ward. Anyone with legs left can do the pulling as we descend 10 miles to Leigh Hill, a steep but short little kicker. Then we’ll descend the next 2000 feet into boulder while catching the views on the way down. Great stuff the entire ride, 100 miles is over before you know it!
Will Frischkorn and his family are long time friends of ours. Will was a professional racer. In 2008 Will came within a half wheel of winning Stage 3 of the Tour de France! Here's what he has to say about our ride.........
"The Glen Haven-Ward loop is a true Boulder classic. I can't think of a more beautiful, challenging, and complete ride anywhere; long climbs, fun technical descents, spectacular views of Longs Peak and the entire range, and a perfect cafe stop in Estes mid-ride."
"Have fun with that action! A killer ride."
One of the highest points in the ride with Twin Sisters Peaks in the background
Will Frischkorn of Garmin Slipstream, one of my coach/mentors for the ride
Brenda and I began making contributions directly to the research efforts of Dr. Z and Dr. Y at Memorial Sloan Kettering after they cured me in ‘98. Ditto for Dr. Jones at UVA who saved Brenda in ‘05. We know for certain our funds are being put to specific good use. Dr. Z, as we affectionately refer to him, is big time in the lymphoma field (http://www.mskcc.org/prg/prg/bios/158.cfm). His office is quite literally a laboratory. He prescribed a course of chemo, unknown to my local oncologist at the time, that killed my disease overnight. He gave me great advice saying, “We know the enemy and we know how to kill it.Now go home, live your life, show up at the doctor’s office when we tell you to, and don’t read anything on the internet.” Dr. Y is a delightful radiation oncologist from Israel who does nothing but radiate lymphomas (http://www.mskcc.org/prg/prg/bios/186.cfm). He had the knowledge, experience and courage to save my salivary glands, greatly improving my current quality of life. This would likely not have been done elsewhere. Several times over the past few years while in NYC, Brenda and I have dropped in independently to visit Drs. Z & Y unannounced. They always take time to see and visit with us. Astounding. Dr. Jones is at the top of his class in thoracic surgery, and in lung cancer research (http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/people/dop/dopDetail.cfm?drid=587). He spent about 8 hours saving most of Brenda’s lung and vastly improving her future quality of life. We have become personal friends of he and his wife Julie who are from Lewisburg, WV.
OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS
A listing of some of our sponsors, with their permission of course....
ONE Foundation, Beckley, West Virginia Richard & Liza Adams, Parkersburg, West Virginia Dave & Cindy Andrews, Leesburg, Virginia Doug & Wanda Ball, Daniels, West Virginia Ralph & Debbie Ballard, Charleston, West Virginia Dave & Jelilah Barksdale, Beckley, West Virginia Marty & Kathy Becker, Charleston, West Virginia Benny Benack, Pittsburgh, Pennasylvania Rob & Jackie Berthold, Charleston, West Virginia The Bhalodi Family, Beckley, West Virginia David & Rebecca Blaine, Daniels, West Virginia Robert & Sue Blanton, Winchester, Kentucky Dick & Carol Busick, Bluefield, Virginia Steve & Carolyn Capelli, Daniels, West Virginia Austin & Brenda Caperton, Daniels, West Virginia Gat & Susan Caperton, Berkley Springs, West Virginia Gaston Caperton, New York, New York Mason Caperton, Boulder, Colorado Tom Carver, Charlottesville, Virginia Chris Cline, West Palm Beach, FLorida Mary Jo & Elmer Coppoolse, Bethesda, Maryland Tom & Sherry Cushman, Beckley, West Virginia Greg & Darlene Darby, Little General Stores, Beckley, West Virginia Norwood & Marguerite Davis, Richmond, Virginia Ed & Linda Eckley, Beckley, West Virginia Brian Ford, Richmond, Virginia Rebecca Frischkorn (Will's Mom), Washington, District of Columbia Bob & Karen Gallagher, Sarasota, Florida Richard & Leslie Gilliam, Charlottesville, Virginia Pat & Jessica Graney, Charleston, West Virginia Jim & Tina Hamlin, Arlington, Virginia Mary Caperton Hamlin, Danville, Virginia Idit Harel-Caperton, New York, New York Joe & Diana Harris, Creedmore, North Carolina Jim & Jeannie Hayhurst, Vienna, West Virginia Rick & Vicky Hertzer, Daniels, West Virginia Mason Hood, Richmond, Virginia Lloyd & Trin Jackson, Hamlin, West Virginia Sally & Tom Jarrett, Daniels, West Virginia Tal & Anat Keinan, Rishpon, Israel Art & Virginia King, Charleston. West Virginia Bob & Britt Ludwig, Lewisburg, West Virginia Tony Mamone, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia Guy & Barbara Martin, Winchester, Kentucky Morgan & Joan Massey, Richmond, Virginia David & Sharon Massinople, Salt Lake City, Utah Mike & Kitty Massinople, Beckley, West Virginia The MacMillan Family, Charlottesville, Virginia Ed & Cindy McCall, Daniels, West Virginia Mike & Roxanne McGovern, Jacksonville, Florida Bob McLean, Beckley, West Virginia Sam McNeil, Charlotte, North Carolina Tom & Deanna McQuade, Charlotte, North Carolina Mike & Karen Moran, Charlotte, North Carolina Allen & Teresa Morefield, Bluefield, West Virginia Rory Paton-Ash, Atlanta, Georgia (South Africa by Birth!) Bill Patton, Beckley, West Virginia Ned & Susan Payne, Charleston South Carolina Carol Pugh, Beckley, West Virginia Emmett & Linda Pugh, Beckley, West Virginia Michael Quesenberry, Daniels, West Virginia Margaret Rader, Beckley, West Virginia Jerry & Sandy Richmond, Daniels, West Virginia Jim & Therese Roberts, Baltimore, Maryland Danielle Russell, Boulder, Colorado Roy & Kim Shrewesbury, Daniels, West Virginia Bill & Nancy Smith, Beckley, West Virginia Ann Starcher, Charleston, West Virginia Dwight & Sandy Trent, Daniels, West Virginia Chuck Turner, Beckley, West Virginia Leonard Urtso, A.L. Lee Corp., Lester, West Virginia Michael Urtso, Plano, Texas Bill & Shir Wooton, Beckley, West Virginia John & Tara Wooton, Beckley, West Virginia Jay & Lisa Word, Ghent, West Virginia Doug & Kathryn Wright, Richmond, Virginia