bob and mary

>>>  Calvin’s 12 Hour Challenge Report, Part 1 <<<

We had 12 riders for this 12 Hour Challenge.  This is part 1 of the race report and a part 2 will be shared soon. We had 11 to compete at Calvin’s on one of the worst days weather-wise, that I’ve seen in the 16 years that I’ve been going.  It has been windier for several years and it has been colder but when you combine the wind, rain, and borderline temperatures, this has to be the worse.

I am amazed that racers continued since it was so hard to dress for the weather. The temperature was on the borderline and it fluctuated throughout the day.  Details later.

With all that Mother Nature threw at us we still were able to get 8 medals out of it.

We also met friends of Laurie (Billy Volchko and Zack Gillespie), who are from Northeast Ohio, who brought home medals.  I believe that Zack brought home a gold medal as well as an Ultramarathon Cycling Association (UMCA) trophy.


Sebastian’s Account

Even though it was a most miserable 8 hours in the rain … on the positive side I got to ride for 1.5 laps at the front with some amazing riders.

I got to ride the entire race with Pascale, who is an amazing cyclists and human being. She inspired me not to quit when I was shaking from the cold, dreaming of a hot shower and turning on the heat in my car.

Hopefully the weather will be better at the National 24 Hour Challenge.



Bob and Mary’s Account

I’m going to try to attach photos the few photos we have of the medal ceremony.

We had two interesting things happen. We had a woman on a single bike draft us for 70 miles at least.  Kelley, from Illinois.  Good company, as she and Mary chatted about all sorts of stuff.  She’s a strong competitor!  She was very happy when we would gain and catch other women on the course so she could see who and if they were her competition.  I amused and pleased me to hear and see her race-face.

The other odd thing was, after the 3rd 50-mile loop, when we stopped to refill and eat. I could not stop shaking, and I think it worried Mary that I’d spill the hot coffee she got for me.  I was really fine, and not in bad shape, but honestly couldn’t stop it.  A side effect of being damp for hours I guess.  Mary was fine and unshaken.

All in all, we had a good race. The roads were in pretty good shape, and the wind wasn’t as bad as we know it can be.  We’re happy that we topped 200 miles and were able to place at the finish.  Our training this year was primarily spinning indoors, with only about 600 miles on the road.  New, this year was light weight training twice a week to increase power, and we both felt that paid off in less fatigue.

Sorry to know that it might be the last Calvin’s. It might be fun to try for 252 miles and set the M/F tandem record, weather permitting.


Riders included:

Apurv Verma (First Calvin’s, Silver Medal) Sebastian Birch (Gold Medal)
Bob Anthony (Gold Medal) Sid McMahon
Eric Overton (Silver Medal) Susan Peterson
Jeff Chapman (Bronze Medal) Tammy Murray (First Calvin’s, Medal)
Laurie Skul (Bronze Medal) Tony Kascak
Mary Anthony (Gold Medal) Ward Peterson

Newcomer(s) included: 0


Riders 12
Max. Miles ___ miles
Temperature 42-56 degrees (with winds at 5-16 mph and gusts at 17 mph) (ESE)
Close Calls 0
Mechanical Failures Laurie got several flats and had to replace her tubes AND tire.
Mishaps 0
Fixed Gear, Single Speed, Cyclocross, Mountain Bike, or Tandem Bob and Mary were on a tandem













— “The only thing better than a 12 hour challenge is a 24 hour challenge”   —John Clay


About Eric Overton

Long Distance Cyclist in the Cleveland area

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