When was your first Gravel Worlds?
2017’s Gravel Worlds Privateer (75 mile) course
What was the biggest hurdle/most difficult challenge?
Easily the mental fatigue, especially after getting into the ‘Bohemian Alps’ west of Valparaiso. Each and every pedal stroke was an effort, and the thought to pull the plug came often.
What was your highest Gravel Worlds moment?
Approaching the finish line, rolling down Stonebrook Parkway (and I do mean rolling, no pedaling) and seeing my family standing at the roundabout to cheer me along. It was mildly embarrassing, but greatly appreciated nonetheless.
What is your favorite Gravel Worlds story?
I stopped at the Ding-A-Ling Bar in Raymond to treat myself with a red beer for those last few miles back to Lincoln. One friendly local gentleman sitting at the bar was so impressed with the “lunacy” of the event that he bought me that red beer and a pickled egg too! This didn’t help my finishing time whatsoever, but it did greatly improve my morale.
How did you feel when you finished?
Still hard to verbalize, but ultimately a huge sense of personal accomplishment. A challenge even a couple of years ago I would’ve never dreamed attempting.
In one phrase, what is Gravel Worlds to you?
Something the Lincoln and Nebraska cycling community can be proud of. Most importantly, Nebraska ain’t flat!