This Saturday is Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge Gran Fondo. Even if I were able to cycle it again this year, I wouldn’t. A good friend is getting married this Saturday, and I wouldn’t miss his wedding for anything.
Despite my absence, my friends and colleagues, who are riding, have saved me a spot on Team GLC. They even gave me a new kit. Riding a bike is a solitary activity, but cycling is a team sport, and teammates take care of each other. Team GLC is no exception – they have provided tremendous support and encouragement, before surgery, and during my recovery. I wish I were there to return the favor and lift their spirits as they suffer on Coleman Valley Rd. Instead, I will just say thank you and good luck. I look forward to joining you next year.
I will be thinking of Team GLC this Saturday morning, but for the rest of the day, my thoughts will be with my friend, his bride and all the guests I can’t wait to see. My left hip may not be ready to ride 103 miles with 8,500 vertical feet of climbing, but hopefully it can withstand a dance or two, and a weekend with my oldest friends. But like Team GLC after finishing the Gran Fondo, after this weekend, I’ll need home for a rest.