On Saturday May 11th, our 9 MFC athletes and 2 support riders completed the Mohawk Valley Metric Century in Eugene Oregon. It was a fantastic ride of 66.6 miles with 2,200 ft of climbing.
Big thanks to Sam Michaan who was kind enough to take a few team pictures before the ride. This was the first time we got to wear our new VeloPro jerseys designed by Christy Hawkins and provided by sponsor Hincapie Sportswear. Looking sharp!
Trevor Spangle, the event director, surprised us by introducing the MFC Team to the crowd and explaining our mission. They gave us a big round of applause! Then Trevor had the team lead out the 100k ride with a motorcycle escort to kick of the event. It was a great honor. Thank you, Trevor!
Sari and Adam lead the way for the team averaging a blistering 19+ miles per hour for the entire ride. Sam, Ken, and Peter were not far behind. Gina and Brian, in the spirit of inclusiveness, brought friends along to enjoy the ride. It’s awesome when we can share our passion for riding with others.
Dangerous Dave zipped between groups to get video footage of the MFC team. Bethany and Big Jon took a couple of unintentional detours stretching their rides out to 76 and 71 miles respectively. Oops!
Finally, Dianna had a very courageous ride as she rode at her own pace and continued to rehab a surgically repaired knee that had her in a wheelchair just a few months ago. Mad respect for Dianna!
It was an unusually warm Spring day in Oregon with the temperature on the course reaching the mid 80’s. Luckily, we had OSMO in our bottles and available at the two friendly and well stocked rest stations. Thank you OSMO! Hydration mission complete! The entire team finished the ride with smiles on their faces.
At the finishing line we were treated to more cheers and tasty recovery meal of BBQ and microbrew. What could be better than that?
Trevor Spangle and his team did a fantastic job organizing this charity event sponsored by Eugene Velo that supports the Oregon Supported Living Program’s Arts and Culture Program. It is truly a worthy cause giving those with disabilities the opportunity to share their creativity, art and stories with the community.
Next stop: The Strawberry Century our 100-mile ride with 3,400 ft of climbing!