Around mile 97 of a century ride with 7,000 feet of climbing, I broke down. My new friend I made that kept me company for 80 miles had stopped to take a break, I thought I took a wrong turn, my knee hurt so bad I didn’t think I could make it another 3 miles even if I was on the right route, and wondered how in the hell did I get talked into signing up for a century ride with that many hills. Hitch hiking crossed my mind over and over as my feet pedaled slowly while I sobbed trying to decide what to do. 2 miles left, I saw a few more cars, 1 mile left I saw police, 1k left, I could see the finish line. Being the last one of your friends to finish a ride has it’s benefits. I had my own personal cheering squad motivating me to pedal a little faster and crack a smile even through I wanted to fall off my bike and lie in the street while someone through ice over me. High fives were in order for my fans who had finished over an hour before I did. I was overwhelmed by their support and hugs. #notaclimber Read More
We met David on one of the first Bike Friendly Deep Ellum rides of 2015. This guy showed up on a fixed gear bike and crushed all of us roadies on the hills. I instantly nicknamed him legs. After a few rides and beers together, we learned he was the only person in his family to go to college. He also loved riding his fixed gear and with the help of a few like minded friends formed a new social ride in Dallas for fixed gear and road bikes called Mashin’ Mondays. I hope you find his story as inspirational as we do, and see why we selected David to be the first in our series of rider profiles.
Catch David and the Mashin’ Monday crew every Monday at 6:30 pm outside the future home of Local Hub in Deep Ellum. 2633 Main Street Dallas, TX 75226 Read More