I can hardly think of many better ways to spend a Saturday morning in October in the Ozarks. This morning I participated in the 100K Banded Suffering benefit ride for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). The leaves are starting to turn making for a seriously beautiful backdrop to any outdoor activity. Kudos to all those who suffered in the chilly fall air for a good cause. Double kudos to those who tackled the 128 mile double metric route! This event has a really good vibe to it. I encourage you to put it on your calendar next year. I know I’ll be back maybe I’ll go for the double metric next year!
That is Austin Dixon. He is 16 and not letting type 1 diabetes stop him from pursuing his dreams. Pretty inspiring kid and the heart and story that fuels this ride. He will be riding for Team Novo Nordisk development team next year and will get to race in Europe! For more on Austin and type 1 diabetes click here. And for more on type 2 diabetes read this helpful article by Jen Reviews (click here).
First aid station.
Base of Crawl Hill.
It’s about to get nasty.
I hope you folks are getting outside. It’s killer awesome right now.
Of course the first brat of the day went to Ben U.
Can’t think of anything better to eat after a long ride. Cargill supports JDRF in a delicious kind of way! Chased this with one errr…ah two of Apple Blossoms craft recovery beverages. The brats were cooked on the Regions Bank grill. Let’s Eat!
Someone made out like a bandit at the swag table.
The custom headset caps for climbing Crawl Hill are really sweet. Made by Creative Promotional Marketing. (Photo by Conrad E)
Man what a morning! Thanks to all the folks who worked hard to make this event happen and to all the great sponsors.
Total climbing: 4737 ft