2016 MS 150 Report - 10 September
Failure and success.
I am far short (74%) of my $2,800 goal.
So far, I've raised $2,075 for the
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
thanks to generous contributions from family, friends, and colleagues - thank you all so much!!
It's not too late to contribute.
Through September, you can still make a donation in my name using your credit card by visiting
my personal donations page
at the Society.
Now for the success ... sort of ... I rode in honor of Ginny Grisez again
and completed the ride uneventfully on a very hot day.
I was disappointed not to finish in under 4 hours, but the heat during the final 42k (26mi) really knocked me out.
For the first 80k (49.7mi), I was with groups and averaging 32.2kph (20mph).
But I lost them for the last 42k (26mi) as heat pushing past 32C (90F), unrelenting sun on unshaded blacktop,
and a mild but persistent headwind took their toll on me.
Final stats for my ride, which I completed on my reguar, geared bicycle were
122.89 (76.3mi) at 29.0kph (18.0mph) in 4:15.
Note: Because of potential conflict of interest,
I cannot knowingly accept support from any of my current students or advisees,
or students who will be taking any of my classes in the future.
(Past students are fair game!)
This is a personal effort, not sponsored, endorsed, or supported by NC State University.
In 2015 & 2016, I rode for Ginny Grisez, a friend's sister who has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for many years.
This is just the front of the 2015 starting line - there were about 1,800 riders.
The tool of choice again in 2015 - my
fyxation Eastside fixed gear bicycle that
I built up in 2013.
Here I am after at the 100k point during the 2013 ride.
At the ride start, 2008 - that's me under the yellow arrow, with
my three riding mates in the same kit - Peter behind off my left shoulder,
David in front to my left, and Trey front left of him.