This past weekend I rode the 2011 Bike MS Gateway Getaway in Columbia, Missouri. I rode as a member of team United by Design, a team of local architects, designers, industry professionals and their friends and family. The team was born last year out of members of what were formerly the Lawrence Group and Arcturis teams.
The ride was a big success on all fronts. There were an incredible number of participants and a lot of money was raised for the National MS Society (more than $12,000 and counting from our team alone!). There were 40, 75, and 100 mile options each day to encourage cyclists of different ability levels to ride. Even though I’ve been riding for quite some time, a lack of training led me to wimp out and do the shortest option each day.
Luckily, that left plenty of time to go exploring downtown Columbia, which was hosting the “Roots N Blues” festival that same weekend. My wife, Lindsey, and I walked through Mizzou‘s campus, had a delicious and healthy lunch at Main Squeeze and drinks at a great little dive bar called The Blue Fugue.
For next year’s ride, I’ve convinced our fearless leader to make Fox an official sponsor of the team. And they don’t know it yet, but I’m also going to recruit several coworkers to join me.