The Rider

August 14, 2010

From Sea To Shining Sea

Filed under: Rider Profiles, Steve's Stuff — The Blog @ 6:01 AM

He made it!

Pelotonia rider Chris Timko has completed his cross-country journey – and is back home in Central Ohio in time for Pelotonia. I have a feeling the 180 miles to Athens and back won’t be much of a challenge for him after his 3,000-mile trek.

Here’s what Chris had to say about the last leg of his trip:

“The American Challenge was awesome, brutal, and enriching all at the same time.

“From the rolling hills of Georgia to the deserts of California, we learned so much about our country, our homes (ironically enough) and ourselves. The trip was a roller coaster. We had some of the best days of our lives only to have them turn into miserable grinds in freezing cold rain just 10 hours later. This was the beauty of the American Challenge. We didn’t know what to expect right around the corner so we lived in the moment and kept in mind that a new day was just around the corner and full of surprises.

This looks Grand

“The trip concluded a week ago, wrapping up the toughest week of the trip. We began the week by departing the Grand Canyon in weather that was rainy and 50s. Two days later we found ourselves in 120-degree heat in the Mojave Desert.

“After a few days there, we spent two days in the San Bernardino Mountains navigating detours, pushing major winds, and scaling large climbs. We spent the last day descending from 8,000 feet down to sea level and into Santa Monica, California. We rode down onto the pier and celebrated by launching ourselves, front wheels first, into the water.

“It took a few minutes for reality to hit us. We had just conquered a continent by bicycle. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world.”

One last thing, Chris, before our ride next week, please, please, please have your mom wash out the Pelotonia jersey you wore on your trip!



  1. Congratulations Chris! See you at the end of 180 miles!

    Comment by Jerneja — August 14, 2010 @ 5:19 PM

  2. My hero!!!

    Comment by Dwight Hurd — August 14, 2010 @ 8:28 PM

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