Friday, September 30, 2016

Tour de Donut Tour de Force

It's a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime feeling when you find that perfect athletic event, that perfect challenge that pushes you to your limits and back again. The event that showcases the unique balance of skills and God-given talent that makes you you; almost like it was designed just for you. The event you dominate, almost without even trying.

For us, the Utah Tour de Donut is just such an event.

Last year, you'll recall, Steve and I killed it in the tandem division. Seeing as tandem was no longer a challenge, this year we decided to pull together a 5-man team with our good friends from Team C4C.

Spoiler alert: we dominated.

Ben entered in a bit of an underdog category: The Unicycle Division.

(no, there was not actually a unicycle division, although we're officially petitioning for one next year)

He completed one 7.5 mile loop, which is pretty freaking amazing. 

He wasn't fast. But what he lacked in speed, he made up for in style out the wazoo. Aero helmet. Full cycling kit. Birkenstocks. The boy rocked it.
What, you ask, is the Utah Tour de Donut? Glad you asked.

The race is an event that combines cycling prowess with grotesque amounts of donut consumption. The race itself is a timed event with three 7-mile loops. After loops one and two, the athletes stop to eat donuts. Three minutes is deducted from your total time for each donut consumed. It's beautifully simple; nauseatingly difficult.

Oh, and it all benefits the Rotary Club and a local food bank, which is pretty cool. But not as cool as the glow of glorious victory!!!

How did we fare? Well, Steve ate an inspirational 17 donuts, and I held my own with 8. The Donut Queen (most donuts consumed by a woman) ate 9, so Steve was pretty disappointed that I didn't manage to down one or two more and earn that title. I'm just glad I didn't toss my cookies donuts.

Team C4C had an extraordinary showing with 8 medals overall. We were the first-place team, and I won second place for my age group and second place woman overall! My mom won for her age group as well.

And there were no "reversals" and all smiles at the finish - so I think it's safe to say that a very good time was had by all!

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