'It's kind of like the U.N. of bicycling,' Kelley Wegeng said of the 750-mile ride from Paris to Brest and back that she undertook in mid-August with about 6,500 other cyclists.
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'My biggest reason for getting it is, I can't keep up as much anymore. Who wants to wait for somebody? I didn't get it to lead the pack,' said Richard Brannon of Champaign.
The course was recently recertified by marathon Co-Director Mike Lindemann and Doug Thurston, race director of the Big Sur International Marathon, using a Jones Counter, which attaches to the wheel of a bicycle and displays 'clicks' based on the number of rotations.
I got a glimpse of home base for some of the athletes training for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games when I visited the training center in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week.
Scott Hendren of St. Joseph, who has run the eight-hour race 26 times, has some strategies for handling the heat that are good plans for anyone to follow while training or racing in hot temperatures.