June 22, 2019
Au Gres at Lake Huron to Ludington at Lake Michigan
Distance: 210 miles
Elevation Gain: approx. 6,500 ft.
Last fall Brent Rohrs expressed to me his interest in a 210 mile gravel bicycle race across his home state of Michigan. With an offer to arrange the logistics, the addition of THE Jon Lester, and A1 support staff/mechanic/water boy/coach Dave Kay, I could not say no.
And...former teammate (always a teammate) Justin Michaels provided "rabbit like" motivation.
(Yeah he beat us all).
The course consisted of fast gravel roads, wooded and sandy two-tracks, short but punchy climbs,
and 40 mph downhills.
After over 12 hours, Brent was the first Diablo to the finish, with a 28th overall, 7th in division.
If only Jeff didn't have a head start on getting old Brent would have made the 50-59 podium.
A few minutes later Jeff finished 29th, making the podium with a 3rd.
Jon finished a short time later on his freaking mountain bike.
Thanks again to Dave for the support at the three checkpoints, and The Recyclist Bicycle Co. for setting up Brent and Jeff with a couple of Giant bikes that proved up to the task.
Full results: www.racetecresults.com/Results.aspx?CId=16371&RId=239&EId=2