Preparing for the Big Race

24 hr summer solstice 05-200 In five days, Juliette and I will be racing the 24 Hours of Summer Solstice, North America’s largest 24 hour mountain bike event. For people unfamiliar with the concept, we will get on our bikes at noon on Saturday and start riding laps around a 17.5km technical mountain biking course at Albion Hills, near Bolton, ON. We will be up against some world class athletes, so the race should prove to be fun and challenging.

We will continue to ride through the night and into the next day, finally finishing at noon on Sunday. At the end, whoever does the most laps wins, so the idea is to keep going as much as possible, and only stop when absolutely necessary. We will eat and drink on the bike and keep going through the night without sleep.

The only way we can do this is with the support of others. We will be going fairly batty by about 3am and it is our support crew that will feed us, encourage us and keep us going. Thankfully, we have one of the best support crews around. Juliette’s parents are arriving from England tonight and will be there for us through-out the race. My dad and Doris are also coming up to cheer us on on Saturday and two of our good friends, Paula and Tecla are also going to be there to help.

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