Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thank You!

In a few hours I will be wheels up heading to Alaska and finally get this adventure started!  The race itself, Iditarod Trail Invitational (ITI), has been a dream for sometime and truly just a dream.  But last March some friends approached me (they know who they are) and made the dream become a reality.  Along the "adventure" of just getting to the adventure several people have helped me along the way.  This is to say thanks to them!

Salsa Cycles: 

I've been a huge fan of Salsa for years and even more so when they adapted the motto: Adventure by Bike.  Any bike ride can be an adventure!   While I'm not a sponsored athlete of Salsa's they have helped me out over the past couple years.  From getting in and out to JayP's Backyard Adventure to acquiring a new Salsa Beargrease XX1 this year.  Thank You!
More specifically thanks to Kid for all the encouraging words and mantras that will be with me forever.

Onyx Hubs: 

Jim of Onyx has tossed me a few hub sets to test and provide feedback, etc.  He now has everything dialed from BMX to Track to Fat Bike hubs!  Colors, sizes, widgets, etc are limitless.  Plus it has instant engagement, spins for ever, and silent.  My new favorite hubs.

Hed Rims:

I guess I don't "need" carbon fat rims but when you can cut the weight of a rim by over half it's hard to not want too!  I've been on Hed fat rims since their inception.  Nothing but positives!  Thanks for helping with the cost and the build.

Williams Integracare:

Williams Integracare heard my story and contacted me wanting to help out.  Truly humbling to be contacted by a business wanting to help.  Thank you for the financial help and I'll be swinging in for some back cracking and massage work once I'm back!  One stop shop.

Revolution Cycle and Ski:

Anytime someone from work is gone others step up and fill the void.  Without the friends and staff at work I would not be able to make this trip.  Thanks so much for your support and time.  It means a lot to me.

My Family:

Wow...what a sacrifice they've made to allow me to go on this adventure.  The countless hours I logged on the bike, trips to find snow, 12 days away in Alaska, an always tired dad/husband, and more.  Thank you so much for continually encouraging me on.  I'll miss you guys!

Thanks also to my parents and Jen's parents.  Both spent time watching the kids so I could get my rides in.  They too provide crazy support.

My Social Media Family:

The overwhelming texts, tweets, and messages I've received the past few weeks in unreal.  Some are from people I've never me in person.  Amazing the power cycling has!

My goals for the race are to have fun and finish.  Yeah I'd like to do well but really there isn't a bad participant in the bunch.  All are as crazy as me!  This most likely will be a onetime trip for me so I'm hoping to take it all in and have a blast.

And with that I'm off to Hopkins to meet up with Mark so we can get this adventure rolling.

GPS tracking at
FaceBook: Follow the ITI on FB to get updates as well.


rick s said...

I Know an Angel named Ellie and she will be with you on your ride,,,,,,

Unknown said...

Go get it Ben! Savor every moment of the experience.