By riding a self-supported double century—the Wellington-Carter Lake 200—in Colorado the other week, my streak of having completed at least one 200-miler-in-one-day every year since 1996 continues. Generally, I don’t like being a slave to streaks but this is one I intend to continue for at least another 40 years into my 70s.
Some of my fondest life memories are of two-hundred-mile adventures on two wheels so I thought I’d reflect back and pick out some of my favorites.
Most Unexpected Difficulties
- 2005 Butterfield Double (torrential rain storms, tornado, flat tires, mechanical problems, last-minute course re-routing)
- 1997 Death Valley Double (physical breakdown, walking, sprained ankle, etc.)
- 2002 Knoxville Double (3 flat tires in 30 miles)
- 1996 Davis Double (first double)
- 1999 Terrible Two (my birthday)
- 1998 Eastern Sierra Double (4th of July)