To all of those who donated to the cause. In all I raised $1220 + $75 entry fee and Kelly raised $275 + $75. The total amount raised through this event was over $1,200,000.
The combination of the cold weather and a heavy bike made this a challenging century for me. After waking up at 4:45 we made it to the start where it was 38 degrees and raining. The first 10 miles were soggy but not too bad. By mile 70 I was feeling pretty cooked, sore knees, tired muscles and some cramping legs but they had hot chicken broth at the rest stop. After 2 cups of that I was ready to go. I finished in about 7 hours with 6 1/5 hours of riding time.
Kelly did the 50 mile ride like a champ. Without much previous training she finished strong.
The following is a sad and heartwarming story that came out a few days before the challenge. It sums up what The Dempsey Center is all about. Angela Black had breast cancer and was planning on doing the Dempsey Challenge this year before she died of cancer on August 16.