Blood Sweat and Gears 2013
This summer I rode in the mountain century called Blood, Sweat and Gears, which begins in Valle Crucis and wanders around the northwest part of North Carolina and even a little into Tennessee before it climbs back to the start. This is the fourth or fifth time I've ridden that race. My family was along for this one, and my son, Teddy, made this video.
Here's what I wrote about the day in an email to some friends:
The most important thing about BSG is what we all, who have tested ourselves against that ride, share in common: the daunting challenge, the fear of Snake, the cramps, the stomach that can't take one more gel pack, the sheer exhaustion, and the thrill of finishing. It was so good to see Don and David Carson at the finish. It's a brotherhood born of pain, grit, and an inexplicable willingness to go through that yet again.