For us, what distance riding offers every person is a journey full of discoveries, of panoramic vistas, mountain passes, remote back roads, and some of the most breathtaking sights many may never see. But just as important, or perhaps more so, are all of the life lessons we pick up, the insights we gain about our own capacities and how they are limited only by our mind and heart. Valuable lessons that can be carried into every part of life.
Endurance races will humble everyone and anyone. They have a way of leveling the competition, bringing even veteran road racers into a torrent of doubts, mind games, and muscle cramps if unprepared for the duration. What IS strictly required is preparation. You must be conditioned, often over the course of months, just to complete a double century without injury to your body if not just your enthusiasm. Some may finish a double-century in 10 hours, others 20! It makes no difference, we all must relearn and hone our understanding of our body's specific needs. And that's part of the beauty of endurance cycling; it brings people together across so many categories: men and women, young and old, the genetically-endowed and otherwise. We all must train to push our thresholds for we're certain to face them. We must be prepared to transcend them courageously, intelligently, instinctively, always acting on the desire to know what's on the other side of "cannot". With adequate preparation, training and nutrition it's possible to break through physical, emotional, and mental barriers, even pain. "And what for? To what end?" you ask. We're eager to hear your answer! And to hear your appreciation of what even ordinariness can accomplish, when you have "the will to go".