I'm cycling toward a world free of MS.
Last year I signed up for the Race Across the West, a 900+ mile ultra endurance race from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event was cancelled as were many other events including charity rides such as Bike MS.
Instead I competed in the Virtual Race Across the West in support of Bike MS. 950 miles and 83,000 feet of climbing in my home office finishing in 80 hours and a spot on the podium. This year was supposed to be different but the team and I weren't quite ready to take the show on the road. But the show goes on nonetheless.
This year, we've committed to setting the World Record around Lake Michigan. Starting and ending at Buckingham Fountain in Chicago from June 17th to June 20th. Approximately 940 miles through Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula across the Mackinac Bridge, down the West Coast of Michigan thru Northwest Indiana and back.
...in less than 72 hours.
With the support of a talented crew, the effort will be verified by the World Ultra Cycling Association as we push the limit of just how fast and far we can go. Long-time teammates, colleagues and good friends will travel every mile of the Lake to document the effort to get this done quickly and safely. Simply impossible for this effort to take place without the contributions of Brian Morgan, Tony Moguel, Demian March, Doug McLerran and Will Edwards.
The team and I are committing ourselves to fundraising for those affected by multiple sclerosis through the National MS Society. My first 200km ride was the Bike MS Tour de Farms event 10 years ago when I first learned two of my best friends were diagnosed with MS. I'm going full bore with my training and preparation for this and I hope I can count on your support to be a force for some good during these uncertain times.
We've set an ambitious goal because I know that with support from people like you, we can get there. MS is a devastating, unpredictable disease. But money raised through Bike MS fuels cutting-edge MS research and critical services to ensure people affected by MS have the resources they need to live their best lives. Especially now more than ever.
Please help us reach our goal and consider sponsoring a waypoint along the route. Join the team Every checkpoint means we're one step closer to getting around Lake Michigan. My team will use all the strength, energy, will and teamwork to help me make it back as fast as possible. Become a part of our Team with a donation and select the checkpoint you want to sponsor. When we pass your checkpoint, we will send you an e-mail with our progress and a picture / postcard.
If everything goes according to plan, we should be fast enough to return within 72 hours, while a lot of factors need to go right, we will give our very best to accomplish that feat and support the fight against MS. Please join us.
Follow along as we tackle this adventure June 17th. A live GPS tracker and streaming coverage on the road will follow.
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(Pictured left to right: Team #numeratorstrong with Edward Betancourt, Phil Fox and Tony Moguel)