As you saw, I have been accepted to compete in the Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race, "The Toughest 48 Hours in Sport". This is a pretty incredible event; competitors have 48 hours to complete 508 miles through Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, including 35,000' of climbing. For some people it is a race to see how fast they can do it, for me it will be a contest to see if I can do it. It will be one of the hardest and coolest things I've ever done.
To give myself extra motivation, I'm asking all of you to sponsor me, and will donate the proceeds to the Lance Armstrong Foundation. You may know, in addition to being one of the greatest cyclists of all time, having won seven consecutive Tours de France, Lance Armstrong is also a cancer survivor, and his foundation is prominent in funding cancer research, raising awareness of cancer, and most importantly helping cancer victims and survivors. It is a wonderful organization and [I think] a very appropriate recipient of whatever donations I am able to raise in this way.
If you are interested in sponsoring me and making a donation to the Lance Armstrong Foundation, please let me know. Your interest will be a pledge, and if I am successful in finishing the race, I'll let you know so you can make a donation. The race is this October 4-6, and I'll post / email progressively more information as that date gets closer. I also plan to post periodic updates so everyone knows how much money we've raised together!
I am pretty excited about competing in this race, but also pretty daunted by the difficulty. In the middle of the night on Saturday, with 250 miles ridden and 250 left to ride, the idea that I'm helping to raise a bunch of money for cancer will be a great motivator. Thank you in advance for your sponsorship (!), and stay tuned for more details...