I’ve got a couple days before heading out towards Canada, but wanted to send out a few thanks and clear some stuff up!
First of all, my family in NM – Mom, Dad, Cindy, Cathy, Julie, James, Emmitt (and all the awesome nieces, nephews, and cousins) – you’re the best! Thank you for always being unconditionally supportive and loving. Also, Brendan’s family – thanks for allowing me to be a part of it and welcoming me. To both families, please join in on my blog. I know that many of you read it, but please be part of it. Some of you have expressed concerns that you don’t want to intrude – this blog is for everyone so please, have a seat and make yourself at home!
My office – for those of you that don’t know, I work at a boarding school here in Idyllwild in the Marketing office – when I’m not riding. Everyone in my office has been super supportive and truthfully – they take up my slack when I’m recovering from a 4 day riding binge! (especially Vance and Darren) Thank you all for welcoming me into this great office and getting excited with me for my adventures. Maniac (heehee!) has finally commented, but I want to reiterate to you all – make yourselves at home. We’ve got a long stretch here where this will be our only contact – so Join In!
Brendan – you’re the glue that holds it all together! I would be nowhere near this if it weren’t for your drive and determination and support. Thanks to all the people of Siren! 🙂
I’ve also received so much support for my racing and for this race in particular and want to thank the following sponsors/supports – we’re actually gonna make this happen – look out!
NoTubes – especially Cindy and Mike
Kenda – thanks Jim
GoreBikeWear – thanks Tiffany
SRAM/World Bicycle Relief – Craig, you’re awesome!
Magura/Syntace – thanks Justin
Carousel Design Works – thanks for all your hard work Jeff
The Path – Brian and Tani, you’ve been wonderful (hang in there, I may need you more!)
Cane Creek – especially Josh
Wabash River Racing – your support means a lot!
SPOT – it’s gonna be great Derek
Giro – Sean, I’m set!
Also, thanks to all the Siren customers and supporters who keep us alive. All of you that read my blog motivate me. I sometimes think while racing – I can’t quit, that wouldn’t make a good writeup – how can I go back and write about that!?
Many previous GDR racers and endurance racers have also answered my questions ad nauseaum and have inspired me. There are just too many of you to list, but especially all the ladies that I ride with and bounce ideas off of, thank you!
So, when I make it to Antelope Wells – I’ll raise a beer to you all! Thank you for helping me to realize a dream and motivating me to make it happen.