I'm back. All went very well!
"With the threat of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, 20 cyclists and 23 support drivers, scrambled to make last-minute plans to reroute their destination from Miami to Austin in the final days leading up to their departure. They completed the Wellspring Peloton Challenge, an epic 8-day, 24-hour bike ride from Oakville, ON to Austin, TX covering 3,180 km to raise funds to support Wellspring. Together, they helped raise over $430,000 for Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation. By the time the riders crossed the finish line in Austin on September 16, they had each pedaled an average of 120 km a day, and climbed a total of 21,00 meters."
And here's a deep in night-time video of Team 1 cycling along a dark country road in Alabama. You'll see the lead cyclist drop back to be replaced by one from the rear. The lead position is the hardest as that cyclist meets the most air resistance, while the rest of the peloton team tuck themselves behind in the collective slipstream. The video was taken through the open window of the follow vehicle as the drivers blasted out energizing music.
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Here are some links for more information and if you wish to make a donation.
The Wellspring 2017 Peloton Challenge page: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/ccp.asp?ievent=1166922&lis=1&kntae1166922=656586BC581C4164AF0823736AC60BA0&ccp=675572
For more information, Wellspring's home page: https://wellspring.ca/downtown-toronto/
And even if you feel unable to contribute, it's likely you will encounter others who are facing cancer:
please let them know about Wellspring.
Onwards, Onwards, forever onwards,