On June 21st 2014, we hosted the 3rd Annual Ride4Water Summer Solstice 200/100 mile ride. Chris Rivera was one of only three who finished the 200 mile ride. We asked him to share a few thoughts on doing 200 mile ride, in one day, on a FIXED GEAR :
What kind of bike did you ride on the Ride4Water 200?
A 2012 Bianchi Pista Sei Giorni. Fixed gear.
What did you expect?
I kinda had an idea of what I was getting myself into. I knew it was going to be a really hard ride but man was I wrong; it was much harder. The longest ride that I had done before was only 90 miles and 200 miles in one day was no walk in the park.
What was it like?
It was one of the hardest things I'd ever done in my life. From the day I heard about the ride, I told my self that I was going to finish no matter what happens. I would push my body and my mind to the max to finish the 200 miles. Seven miles into the ride, I crashed hard. I hurt my shoulder and knee. I couldn't believe that I crashed after all the hours I spent training. While I was laying on the ground, all I could think about was my bike, if it was okay, and that I still had 193 miles to go. I wanted to give up so many times durning the ride but I didn't give up thanks for my friend that pushed me to finish. Plus, I had my mind set to finish. I knew that the next day I wouldn't be able to walk or move but it was all worth the pain.
What would you tell someone wanting to do the 200 next year?
I would them that to train a lot. Eat and drink a lot of water through out the ride. Oh, and don't eat nasty pizza the night before.
What do you think about Ride4Water?
Ride4Water is an amazing group of people that loves helping families by giving them clean water and all by doing something we LOVE; riding bikes. They've opened my mind that I can help people by riding my bicycle.