June 16-17 Huntsman Cancer 140 bike event start in Delta, UT and ending at the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. The team signed up through of title sponsor, Barbacoa. They donated food at the finish line and along with the donation received a handful of registration spots. We drove to Delta late Friday night and couldn't help but comment repeatedly about how long it seemed to take us to get to Delta. The road felt like it wouldn't stop! I think it was the first time any of us conceptualized the 140 distance. We checked into the Rancher Motel (a Spencer Chipping find) that turned out to be a really nice little place for the price. It was weird, but that is what yo want in situations like this. Whey settle for normal? Unpacked the gear, bike and set up in our room: Andy Welch, Spencer Chipping, Chelsea Wood, Stuart Anderson, Kristin Anderson.
The starting line was close, but first we hit McDonalds and then dropped off Chip's car so it could be transported home. We arrived with just enough time to snap a picture and roll out with the group of about 200 people.
After a soft roll-out start we stayed in a BIG group until around the 30 mile mark when things started to break apart after the first pit-stop. We went from 200 people group to a 5 person group and the stress of 140 started to become apparent. The wind picked up and wouldn't stop until we finished the ride. After the first 30 miles there weren't any more easy miles for the group. We moved through the back side of Utah Lake and came into some serious wind right before lunch. We picked up a couple more riders to help us finish off the first 100 miles, but a lunch everyone was ready to call in the bus to take us home. We re-grouped, ate some Cheetos and got back out there. We slogged through the last 40 miles through the city, which included a stop at Crestview Elementary where to got to visit with our families for a minute.
It was a LONG day, but worth it. We finished strong as the second group coming from Delta. It was a good event, but the wind gave a plenty to complain about.