Originally Posted by TomM
Does he have a life outside of cycling?
He does. Running. And he is retired. And he has a wife, a lovely lady, who supports him (but refuses to do night-time support, so Ken stays at motels about half-way on 1200 randonnees). They get around a bit, so you might throw travelling in there as another life outside cycling.
The thing is about Ken that you wouldn't pick him as a super-athlete at the start of a randonnee. He's got more reflective gear and gadgets on his bike than you can poke a stick at, and he is as friendly as approachable as anyone could be. The bike doesn't look like anything to write home about... a Ti frame that always seems well-ridden and... well, grubby.
But the split calf muscle are a giveaway to this man's physical abilities. Let alone the speed he gets along at. And the fact that you have miles to go to the turnaround point, and there is Ken, already on the way back, with a big smile and wave as he goes past.
Truly, a remarkable human being... and as Octopus says, a hero to just about everyone who meets him.