Encouragement for a Fellow BCC Rider: James Young

The day started almost uneventfully as close to 15 riders assembled
outside the Alpine Inn in Wilmington, NY for the start of the Adirondack 540
The light was dim, being before 7AM, but the energy and confidence was
high. The air was cool from a night's worth of rain and 6C
temperatures. Everyone seemed to be ready, especially James.

I won't recount the entire day as it's been a long one for James and it's not about over as I write this. By the time I see him next
(hopefully before 4AM), he will have ridden 440 kms and climbed over
15,000 feet. So, while you sleep in a warm, comfortable bed tonight,
think of James as he pushes on in the altitude, below zero temperatures
and fog. But be rest-assured that James will have Kerri and Steve as
guardian saints as the follow his every km in the chase vehicle.



We are keeping track of everything that goes into and out of James and will report most of the stats tomorrow. Some stats are simply
"TMI"! I will say that the highlight of the day were the
made-to-order smoked turkey wraps and, of course, the Cokes (pony
sized.)

James' first lap was just under 10 hours -- ahead of plan and an average speed of 22 km/h. This may seem slow for BCC rides but
consider that he's gone from the Beach to Lake Simcoe and back and THEN
has another 660 km to go (or, put another way, add-on a trip to Trois
Rivieres, Quebec after!)

While James is as patient and calm as we all know him to be, Kerri, Steve and I are focused on one word -- "adapt." Simply put, "stick to
the plan but plan for $#!*" (stuff) to happen!

I have to get some sleep now, I expect an early morning wake up call that will expect
room service. He's already told me: coffee and a stack of pancakes
"as big as my head" (not sure what to make of that, but we roll with
these things. Remember? "Adapt!")

Please send encouragement to us -- we will ready it out loud to James. Send to both Kerri and I so that you don't have to worry about
who's-driving-when.

Me: jonathantice@gmail.com
Kerri: kerri.lamont@rogers.blackberry.net

Enjoy the nice, warm bed you're sleeping in tonight! C'mon now, send some encouragement now!

Jonathan

(PS we can't confirm receipt because cell / blackberry coverage is spotty)

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Comment by DY on September 17, 2010 at 9:35pm
Steve and I started the night shift at the hotel in Lake Placid with James about 3 hours ago. In that time we have covered approximately 56 kms and the majority of that has been uphill. The sun sets here by approximately 7PM and with it goes the temperatures. Right now the temp is sitting at about zero and will be staying in this neigbourhood for the forseeable future. Luckily we can offer soup, coffee and extra layers to James as the ride unfolds.

He's doing great. Just as always a calm and steady presence on the bike. If you have a minute to send along any words of encouragement, that would be welcome. We are riding along side James and he would love to hear from you. Especially if you have funny stories to share.

Keep you posted as the night goes on.

Kerri & Steve


Sent from my BlackBerry device on the Rogers Wireless Network
Comment by DY on September 18, 2010 at 7:08am
c/o Paul:

Comment by DY on September 18, 2010 at 2:10pm
c/o Jonathan

James rolled in to complete his lap at 6:50 this morning -- exactly 24 hours to complete 440 kms. To celebrate, he's had a jug of milk and is napping now.

Kerri and Steve get the "Iron Crew" award for travelling most of the down here and then driving behind James all night. They watched James, fed James, and reclothed him when temps dipped below zero. Unreal show of friendship!

Will update again when we're back on the road. Off to grocery shop and scout for pancake shops for James.


JT
---------------------------
Jonathan Tice
jonathantice@gmail.com
Comment by Alexx Hooper on September 18, 2010 at 5:06pm
I sent a note for James to the 3 Musketeers... and I just wanted to thank you three for taking such great care of James. What fabulous friends you are! I hope you're not too tired yourselves. Thanks for the updates, and thanks for taking care of our James, you three! This must be the tough stretch... keep him from talking to himself and driving off the road like a lost lemming... I can't believe the guy would do such a long ride. Doesn't he have a car?
Comment by DY on September 18, 2010 at 8:27pm
Its 7:15 and getting dark FAST! In fact, by the time it takes me to write this update it will go from dusk to pitch black!

James is riding strong and consistent. Its substantially warmer now (17C) than last night which is helping. He's 150 kms into his 3rd lap of 220km. Quick math tells me that's 590 in 36 hrs.

With 17 hrs left to cut off, believe it or not but we're under a bit of a time crunch. Laps are taking between 11 and 13 hours, cutting it very close nothwithstanding exhaustion, the pain or getting a nap before the next go-round.

But to look at the guy right now and to talk to him, he's like he just rode the zoo loop at the back of the pack, he's so fresh! (On the outside, at least!)

We're very proud of his efforts and given my front-row seat at this event, I'm blown away and humbled by his accomplishment so far.

Yep, it's pitch black now! Will update again later, cell coverage pending.

JT
Comment by Paul van Dongen on September 18, 2010 at 10:50pm
Keep it up, James, and keep him going, you three!
Comment by DY on September 19, 2010 at 5:47pm
c/o Jonathan Tice

After 41 hours and persevering through all of the elements, James arrived to the checkpoint / hotel just before midnight, having ridden 660km

Just to put it in perspective, he rode the equivalent of Toronto to French River and back. Or from Toronto, past Cleveland and onto Toledo. Or ... Toronto to London and back, AND back to London!

Regardless, we're proud as hell of him and have decided to celebrate in his honour.

To be clear, there is no physical way that James could finish the last lap of the ADK540 in time for the cut-off at Noon. He's not alone as nearly half "pulled" long before he did.

We're declaring it a success all around -- James is ever-so-slightly closer to understanding his limits and has a crystal clear understanding of the power of friendship. Simply put, "Your reach exceeds your grasp" and "People will do great things for great people."

Thanks for your continual encouragement and love over the weekend, it meant a lot to him. Especially when he was pushing himself beyond anything normal. He did so knowing that everyone (present and from a distance) was there to support him.

He's sleeping now, hopefully the best one in days, weeks and months!


JT
Comment by Mel on September 19, 2010 at 10:55pm
Unbelievable! A fantastic job well done! Congratulations James. You must be very proud! Mel
Comment by qb on September 20, 2010 at 8:23am
Nice work James, ever the humble man - THAT EFFORT WAS HUGE! It is quite an accomplishment to keep your legs turning, while your mind incessently yaks at you to quit, questioning every reason you had for being there because your sleep deprived, aching body can't take it anymore, but you know it can! That is why you made the trip there, to push through the pain, the negative talk and get it done. Great work James, I can't wait to hear the full account.
Kudos to Kerri, Steve and Jonathan for making sure James made it through safely.

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