Drew, Jon, and Dan R. went down to Gallup, NM last weekend for 24 hour Nationals. They rode solo in a large men’s open category. Turns out the rain turned everything to mud around 11pm, so the race was shut down for 7 hours. Come morning, Jon had put in 120 miles, and figured that was enough, so he focused his energy on supporting Deb, who won the 4 person women’s Team category. Awesome. Congrats, Deb. Dan rode after the mud delay, and shot up to 15th. Drew knocked out another three laps after the morning start before clipping a pedal and supermanning it into the dirt. He dislocated his shoulder in the process. Later, he would tell me that he thought to himself “WWJD” or “What Would Jeff Do?”.
We often have the debate in the ER about whether to sedate people for shoulder reductions or not. He prefers to knock em out, I prefer to give them no meds and slam it back in, Lethal Weapon style. Actually, it’s very gentle, but the point is that we have different styles on shoulder relocation. After the crash, he didn’t have the option of sedating himself, so he did it Wu style. The tough mother-grabber put his own shoulder back in, and then rode 10 miles to get back to camp. He packed it in at that point, finishing in 11th place. He was in 5th at the time.
Nice work out there, you three. I’ve officially retired from solo 24 hour racing, so hats off to anyone who is willing to suffer that much.
Sean and Todd finished up the RTR this past week. Before they were done, they rode a stage with Ron Kiefel, who, despite a few extra years, can apparently still hammer.