This will be his first year in the event and he is so excited - I am nervous. There are thousands of riders every year and unfortunately its raining and a bit yucky this weekend. I know he is well trained and he will be carefully but it's the people around him I'm most nervous about. He is part of an awesome team The Hammer Heads. His team leader has been doing this event for many years and is very detailed oriented, qualities both my brother and I admire in a leader. For example, below is one of many emails my brother has received leading up to this event - notice this is a MINIMUM packing list.
Here is the suggested minimum packing list...
Bike and both wheels
Cycling clothes (both days)
Cycling gloves (2 pairs)
Cycling socks (2 pairs)
Cycling sun glasses
Change of Clothes for after ride (both days)
Change of shoes
Cool weather clothes (jacket, tights, etc.)
Ride packet (including numbers)
Cell phone - please leave it off while riding unless you are on call or need to make an emergency call
Plastic grocery bag (for bike seat in LaGrange)
2 (or more) spare tubes
Prescription or reading glasses
Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol etc. (we will have Ibuprofen in the tent and a first-aid kit for small items)
Medication (as needed)
Lip balm and sunscreen
Cash and a credit card
Copy of Identification & insurance card (put this in your seat pack)
Cable & lock (optional, if used, be sure to NOT lock or block any other bikes)
As of 9am (central time) he has completed 38 miles and has 62 left for the day. There will be a small group of us meeting him for dinner in La Grange. I can't wait to see him. This will be such a wonderful accomplishment for him.
Below is a card I made for him to help kick off the event. Hopefully it helped calm any nerves he might have had this morning.
The sentiment was stamped using two different stamp sets. The dragonfly is a brad and the border was made using a fiskars border punch. I really liked how it turned out. I hope he did too. I will be taking pictures of the event throughout the day and posting them this evening and tomorrow. I have no doubt he will successfully complete this bike ride and be able check it off of his bucket list. GO HAMMER HEADS!