As many of you know, I’ve been working towards something for the past year. Something big. It’s hard to even put it in words, but I’m going to try. I’m going to ride my bike 2,700 miles across the United States! Oh, and I’m doing this self-supported, all along the continental divide. Is that crazy? Yeah, kinda, but let’s back up a bit.
In 2002 my wife Serbrina was diagnosed with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, PSC for short. It’s a rare type of liver disease that mostly affects men, and only about 6 in 100,000 women get it. The cause is unknown and this means that there is no cure. Her liver is being damaged by this disease and eventually she may need a liver transplant. I’ve been tested not once, but twice, to give her part of my liver, but that hasn’t worked.
I want to help out someway, and the best way I can think of is to pedal. Pedal far and long, fast or slow, but just keep pedalin’. Hopefully meeting and inspiring people to donate along the way. That brings me to this big ride.
The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route is a bicycle route starting in Banff, Alberta and ending in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. The route is mostly made up of fire-roads with connectors of both pavement and single track. I will be riding this route starting June 10th (give or take a day) with a goal of finishing in 30 days or less. I will be riding self-supported, meaning I’m carrying all of my gear. No one will be there to help, to give me water or to service my bike. Just me and the commercial services along the way. This is no Tour de France with a support car or team. This is one person riding alone and against the elements. Snow, heat, wind, rain mud, fatigue and oh yeah, bears! The support will come from people who believe in this cause and are willing to make a donation. That support will keep me pedalin’ and pedalin’. You’ll be able to follow along thanks to my SPOT tracker and I plan to do some updates along the way. You will also be able to follow along at Trackleaders.com.
I’ve set a lofty goal of raising $10,000 for PSCPartners.org. They are helping to lead the way in research and fund the studies that are needed to find a cure for PSC. Please support me in this endeavor to raise awareness for this disease. I can’t do this alone.