Death Ride. The Death Ride is over 100 miles and 15,000 feet of climbing (and descending!) the Sierra Nevada Mountains. On a bicycle.
Of course I didn't ride that race, but Steve did. After that horrible crash descending Mount Soledad on his bicycle 2 weeks ago, Steve decided he still wanted to ride the "California Alps" with the Team in Training ACE team.
Race morning we left our hotel at 3AM, the team started the ride by 4. I spent the day handing out Cytomax to riders, directing traffic and cheering the cyclists. Our team rode over 12 hours with every TNT cyclist completing the ride safely. Not every rider in the race was so fortunate; there were lots of ambulances and Care Flights. There were moments of heart stopping worry, but I'm so grateful that I got to have a tiny part in their day.
By the end of the day, Steve and 16 of his teammates completed all 5 mountain passes. On bicycles. Wow. I'm in awe of the team, the coaches and their mentor. I'm just so proud of all of them.