100MoN Race Report: Winner, Multi-tasking, Multi-day, Multi-suffering 39yo Divison

10.29.2014 | 8:54 am

A Note from Fatty: Today’s 100 Miles of Nowhere race report comes from Jeff DeVries AKA “ClyedeinKS.” It’s super double awesome. Enjoy!

Oh, where to begin for this writeup?

Could it be that for this past year I have had an amazing amount of ride envy in reading ride and race reports, as my riding has taken an incredible hit with other activities seeming to take precedence?

Should I mention that leading up to the weekend Strava laughs at me when I see my yearly totals of 91 miles and 9 rides (clearly short rides—as time allowed with baseball coaching, rides with my son, and a 6 mile Corporate Challenge TT race (podiumed that one in 2nd place!))?

Could it be that this is my 3rd year for the 100 MoN and neither of the other two reached a full 100 miles (last year’s Spin & Bid ride was the closest, with cramping and many pedestrians limiting the total to 66 miles).

Could it be that I have never been able to finish a century ride yet with MS ride coordinators determining that rain and mother nature would prevail, limiting me to a 75-mile personal best a couple of years ago?

I guess that’s a good lead-in to know where my base stood, but this year presented some other challenges as well. Weather was a concern as we’d already experienced rainy days in the 40’s but this past weekend was looking to cooperate: dry, sunny, and in the 80’s.

The local weather never seems to mention the wind speed.

I am currently extremely limited in time (who isn’t?), with any spare time devoted to studying for an advanced certification exam coming up in the next weeks (just a bit of stress knowing it carries a 60% success rate for initial takers). With the studying being a continued need this weekend, I knew I was needing to be forced onto the trainer.

100MoN Banner

Yes there was going to be some studying during this ride, with the book propped up against my aero bars, but as the ride was starting, it was going to wait.

100MoN book

My sons decided they wanted to be in the basement with me, with my youngest saying “I’m gonna watch you race Daddy.” I figured it would be hard reasoning with him and trying to explain a race on the trainer, so I let it go. They both decided it would be movie time while I rode so we began watching Captain America – The Winter Soldier.

We had fun sharing a mask through the movie.

100MoN Capt America

This day of riding was going to need be split up, due to a “Costume Piano Recital”— interesting concept indeed, but it went well and I had 35.02 miles done in an hour and 25 minutes. I remembered why the trainer is such a dreaded, but also very effective tool. I also realized my lack of riding time was requiring a saddle break-in period.

Not a fun realization.

Back to the Pain Cave

Following the recital and some family time, it was back to pain cave on the trainer. As I got back on, and now repositioning my saddle to somewhere near my diaphragm, I determined I was dedicating this year’s ride: to remember a Grandfather taken by cancer, to honor my Father who has survived and overcome his battle with Leukemia, Camp Kesem because of course the ride supports them but also because of the incredibly awesome work they do, and also for a friend battling cancer (and other challenges) in hopes to help fuel their fight.

Last year’s Spin & Bid 100 MoN truly came together with the additional silent auction, volunteer support, and city approval for the event through the assistance of a past patient and friend. This individual has been battling cancer for I believe the past year (maybe year and half) with many ups and downs, and through this weekend she was going through procedures and battling stays within the ICU, while recovering from the procedures.

I got into a groove on the trainer Saturday early evening and churned out another 40.04 miles in an hour and 41 minutes. I had originally planned for 25 miles but the mindset for ridiing for others shot me past that and ultimately helped me for the next day, with more time constraints leaving a small window of time. But this ride was going to completed outside on an approximately 1.5 mile loop.

Sunday afternoon I needed to stop at a work location and work on some equipment, so my ride was heading there. As I mentioned earlier, we were blessed with sunny temps in the mid 80’s.

I was stopped at a red light nearing my clinic and realized I was destined for more pain. The picture doesn’t give justice to the weather channel app, stating wind at 24mph. So to move forward into that, must I be going at least 25 mph to creep ahead? Yea, I know my physics memory wasn’t accurate and my mind was playing games with me!

100MoN Wind

As I climbed back onto my bike and now felt very comfortable with my saddle positioned squarely between my shoulder blades, I was ready to finish my multi-event. Of course it started into that headwind. As I pre-planned this route, I believed it to be a rectangle with the short ends only affected by the wind.

When I got on the course, I realized I was very wrong and it was more oval shaped and much more into the wind than I had planned for. Oddly the way the wind was blowing and without any true tree or buildings to block the wind I seemed to have a tail wind for only about a 1/3 of the loop – but the 1/3 was heaven-sent.

Tucking into the aero bars wasn’t seeming to have any benefit, could be due to my bike fit resulting from tinkering and trial-and-error? or again riding with my saddle now creeping higher, encroaching the neck? This pain in a headwind gave me an analogy for my friend’s fight and others battling the same. I hear many times “why me” or “why isn’t this working” or “what am I doing wrong” while a twisted natural occurring mutation is battling their body and their wills. I was facing naturally occurring headwinds and body pains that were battling my body and will.

I knew now there wasn’t anything stopping this ride until I completed 100 miles.

Of course, I again needed to be getting to another obligation and time was running down. I had roughly 5 more miles to go and knew with the headwinds I would be facing I would be quicker getting back to the house riding home and then later going back for the car. I had more tailwind and crosswind for that remaining portion but I was homeward bound. After hearing songs on the Ipod about surviving, winning, being the best, etc., it was absolute karma that for the final 1.5 miles a song came on that I first heard at the LiveStrong Challenge ‘06 in Austin and I always go back to when needing a pick me up tune and realizing what others are going through – Wide Awake’s “Maybe Tonight, Maybe Tomorrow.” It brought me home WINNING my event, not a one-day century, but more than doubling my mileage for the year, and hoping to inspire one individual.

My end total was 101.05 miles in 5 hours and 8 minutes of riding time (it’s too hard to determine total duration though with the required breaks).

You know who you are and I KNOW there is nothing that can knock you down, there is no pain that you can not endure, there is no stopping your ultimate WIN, there is no opponent that break your stare and focus, there is support around you and we’ll hold you up through the remaining procedures. Your WIN is nearing despite the thoughts of failures. As my ride went into the final 25% to win that’s you are, if not further, YOU GOT THIS!!

Thank you once again Fatty for this event, and for this year taking my mind in so many directions!

PS from Fatty: Someone who wished to be left unnamed sent me the following, asking if I’d include it at the bottom of ClydeInKS’s story. 

You have all just read about Jeff’s journey to 100 MON. But what Jeff left out is the courage, strength, encouragement he has given me to battle my 100 miles. Jeff, as well as all of you, are angels. Jeff’s ride I know has just inspired me and gave me the strength to push through my last miles to this win.

I want all of you to know, he has been a true support, friend, and has stayed on the ride for much longer than 100 miles to keep me on my journey. For that, Jeff, I thank you, I will win and for all those riding, just know the ride may be for enjoyment, for honoring someone or just for a good cause, but for me the ride Jeff took, the pain , the push and effort he gave has meant the world to me. To all of you and to Jeff… Thank you.


  1. Comment by wharton_crew | 10.29.2014 | 9:04 am

    Awesome ride, and to the battling friend, we are always praying (and riding) for you. Allez Jeff!

  2. Comment by DivingKen | 10.29.2014 | 9:33 am

    This story hits home for me because ClydienKS is a friend and I know the heart and soul and true support that he put in the ride not just for the mentioned but for all those who are affected by cancer. As matter of fact, inspired me to begin to ride myself. Will not be at the point you all are anytime soon but hey Its all about the ride right?? LOL Nice job Jeff!!!

  3. Comment by hockeyWisconsin | 10.29.2014 | 11:30 am

    That is an inspiring ride, screams determination for rider, (Maybe some ice for the bottom side this week) and for the fighter . Wonderfully written and inspiring to remind us, anything is possible! Great story.

  4. Comment by NZ Ev | 10.29.2014 | 11:45 am

    What a wonderful report!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Comment by MattC | 10.29.2014 | 12:02 pm

    Great display of determination ClydeinKS! You do all of us FATTIES proud!

    On a side note, I’m still stuck on davidh as an underdressed Nurse…now that image won’t leave my brain and I want to poke my eyes out with an ice-pick!

  6. Comment by Heidi | 10.29.2014 | 12:25 pm

    ClydeinKS, you have a big, big heart. Best wishes on crushing the advanced certification exam.

  7. Comment by leroy | 10.29.2014 | 12:33 pm

    That was beautiful and inspirational. Thank you.

  8. Comment by Lauri | 10.29.2014 | 12:53 pm

    I hate crying at work…

    You are both an inspiration.

  9. Comment by Tom in Albany | 10.29.2014 | 12:58 pm

    Nice job, Clyde! Wait to get it done!

  10. Comment by Corrine | 10.29.2014 | 1:28 pm

    ClydeinKS, great story, great ride. Way to keep going in between everything else in life that we have to do. Good luck with your exam, I’m sure you will ace it with the determination that you have!

  11. Comment by Jeff Bike | 10.29.2014 | 1:55 pm

    Operator….. Theres something in my eyes, you know it happens every time. (Jim Croce)

  12. Comment by PNP | 10.29.2014 | 3:00 pm

    Great report, though I am a bit concerned about where that saddle went!

  13. Comment by AKChick | 10.29.2014 | 3:13 pm

    Love this write-up!! I’ve conversed with ClydeinKS over Twitter many times and it was super exciting to see his write-up was featured today. I know how busy I am and I don’t have kids and I’m not studying for a big exam (good luck!), so it’s super inspiring to see others who have so little time make time to do the MoN. Great write-up and thank you for sharing it with Fatty to share with us!

    PS No fair making me tear up at work!

  14. Comment by ClydeinKS | 10.29.2014 | 4:09 pm

    What a surprise at the end, I had no idea it was sent in to be added. So yes, I got choked up a bit too. I am also floored and very honored – her oncologist read the summary and decide to frame it and put up in the office and have copies to read for patient’s waiting. I know this was to help inspire one through that last push to her WIN but if it can touch any others to dig a little deeper and get through a treatment I feel truly blessed to have been able to make a difference.
    Thank you all but every FoF is inspiring to me and I LOVE when all these summaries get posted every year. ALLEZ TEAM FATTY!!!

  15. Comment by lynn e | 10.29.2014 | 7:45 pm

    You’ve got this.

  16. Comment by zeeeter | 10.30.2014 | 11:49 am

    That was truly inspirational ClydeinKS. Still working on when and where I’m going to do mine, most likely over the Christmas holidays based on my current planning abilities!

  17. Comment by Catherine Brubaker | 11.4.2014 | 8:01 pm

    I am so inspired and moved by the pictures of you riding with your son on the recumbent. I can feel your drive and passion. This is what fuels me to take back my life. Check us out on http://www.spokesfightingstrokes.org
    I ride with Dan Zimmerman 5200 miles on a Catrike 700 Washington to Key West Florida.


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