Riders Narrative Summary – Colorado East to West
Julie Lyons, Jerry Schemmel July 23-24, 2018
This record attempt was Cross Colorado from East to West. This was a mixed two person team of Julie Lyons (61 years) and Jerry Schemmel(59 years). We started at the Colorado/Kansas State Line on State Hwy 50 east of Holly, Colorado at exactly 5:03 am on July 23, 2018 and followed State Hwy 50 through La Junta, Pueblo, Canyon City, Salida, Monarch Pass, Gunnison, Montrose, Delta, Grand Junction, Fruita and finished at the Colorado/Utah State Line on Hwy 50 just west of Mack, Colorado at 8:33 am on July 24, 2018. Road conditions were good, traffic was relatively light with the exception of Pueblo where there was some construction and heavier traffic. We had a crew of 12 with 2 follow vehicles and one RV to house resting crew. We provided all meals and food for the crew and also had our specific race nutrition in our personal follow vehicles. Crew changed out every 4-8 hours depending on terrain. We are attempting to set 4 records this summer
and this was number two! Best part was riding! Worst/hardest part was Monarch Pass which is a 20 mile grind with 14K of elevation. Scariest part was descending in the dark with deer and elk darting across the highway! Would recommend this for anyone wanting a challenge and to see the gorgeous state of Colorado!