I've never thought of myself as an inspiration, and I am honored that Hans would consider me one. I'm just a guy trying to get his daughters to grow up right, be healthy enough to be around for a very long time, and be the best father/husband/son/brother/friend I can. Oh, and make time to ride as much as I can.
But Hans has laid it down. I'll consider that label of "inspiration" as a challenge as well as an honor.
I take on this challenge. Get Hans across that finish line at 6th and Harrison in Leadville Colorado the 2nd Saturday of August, 2017. According to my computer, that's the 12th.
As of today, I plan to be putting my knobby tire on the line myself. If that plan does not work out, I'll be there to captain the crew.
In the meantime, the rest of my Leadville peeps have some work to do. Between Randy working for a buckle in 2015, Laurel saying she wants one in 2016, and myself going for a big one...that's a lot of miles to share with friends.
So, Hans...get those cranks turning. Randy...figure out how to eat 400cal/hour without causing issues. Laurel...be a rockstar.
And I'll see you all in Leadville.