In June of 2008, I'll be riding in this event.
I have ridden it twice before (1988 and 1990) finishing in 1988 in a very unremarkable time of 12 hours, 23 minutes. It was the very first uber-challenge I took on as a cyclist, having just started riding seriously 8 months prior. My hi-top sneakers and toe-clips & straps were dead give-aways . However, I did not finish last .
My second year riding it, I was a much better cyclist and did the first 75 miles in 3-1/2 hours, before withdrawing due to a back injury.
I am already plotting out my training for the next 8 months in anticipation of recording a good time on this. I'm even going to put my hat in the ring for the Planet Ultra King of the Mountains challenge out here in California just for the training.
Can I issue a challenge to all you clydes out there to join me on this epic journey? An exact date has not been published yet, although it appears to be on the first or second Monday of June. The only thing I'll guarantee is that you'll have a good time, whether you finish or not. There really is nothing else like starting a ride in a pack of 1,500 cyclists. Amazing.
So what d'you say?