We’ve Created a Monster
Okay, people. We know you like riding your bike. We know you like challenges. Heck, so do we. That’s why we originally created the Deuce Challenge; ride back-to-back 100- (or so) mile routes on consecutive days in less than five hours, and we recognize your accomplishment with a unique award, the Deuce jersey. Nobody gets one of these jerseys unless they earn it out on the road. Pretty cool, huh?
But some Deuce competitors told us they didn’t get to enjoy the festivities or watch the racing action because they had to go home and recover from Day 1 to get ready for Day 2. We get that.
So we created the Ace Challenge; a one-day ride of 120 (or so) miles ridden in less than six hours gets you the Ace jersey. Just like the Deuce jersey, you must earn it the hard way, on the road.
Which brings us to the point of this article. Some of you have been asking whether you can have both jerseys if you successfully complete the Ace on Saturday then turn around and do a sub-five century on Sunday. Really? Come on.
At least not this year.
However, we want you to know our Executive Committee has discussed adding this new challenge in future years. The problem we’re having is what to call it.
These are just a few of the ideas we’ve come up with so far:
The Excess is Not Enough Jersey
The Divorce Lawyer’s 401k Jersey (good sponsorship potential here)
The Obsessive-Compulsive Jersey
The Work-Life Imbalance Jersey
We’ll keep working on this and welcome your ideas. And after this, we’ll be offering the Double Ace; two days of sub-six hour Mondo Fondos! (Just kidding.)
Enough sarcasm. Let’s be serious for a moment. Sometimes more isn’t better. Subjective as it may be, we have to draw a line somewhere and this is where we chose to draw our line. Whatever your challenge, whether it’s one of our time-based challenges or whether it’s the challenge of going the distance regardless of time, we hope you will enjoy the weekend.
Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Executive Director Malcolm McCollam