On October 9-10, skiers and friends Erik Schlopy, Bryon Friedman, Dane Spencer, Evan Weiss and Keely Kelleher participated in the 16th Annual 24 Hours of Moab Mountain Bike Race at the famous Utah bike mecca.
The team of U.S. Ski Team alums (sponsored by colesport.com) came together to race for the World Cup Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Erik Schlopy and Bryon Friedman to provide disability insurance and financial support to our country’s top Alpine skiers.
The 24 Hours of Moab race is a true test of focus and endurance. The course, which clocks in at just under 15 miles in length, winds its way through the scenic backcountry of Utah. There are a number of drops to go along with the big climbs – even more challenging as day turns into night.
World Cup Dreams “Dream Team” finished an impressive 16th place in the 5 person co-ed division, completing 15 laps – or over 223 miles with more than 20,400 feet gained in elevation.
“Dream Team” biker Keely Kelleher said, “24 Hours of Moab made me realize how much I care about my friends on the U.S. Ski Team. I would ride all night for them to have disability insurance. They were the motivating factor, especially when it was one in the morning, my butt was sore and I was chaffed in areas I didn’t think were possible. My teammates are all the inspiration I needed to keep going with a smile.”
Bryon Friedman summed it up best: “My first 24 Hours of Moab experience = 3 laps, 3 different bikes, a broken shock mount, 2 flat tires, 45 miles, 10,000 calories, and my first night ride. The best part…our team raised as many dollars as calories consumed for World Cup Dreams. Thanks to everyone who took the time to spread the word and/or donate…your support is greatly appreciated.”
Donations for the team’s 24 Hours of Moab race are being accepted until October 23rd. For more information or to donate visit www.raceraiser.com/pages/worldcupdreams
The “Dream Team” would also like to give a special thanks to Jasmine Furnish, Alice McKennis and Marcus Caston for the amazing on-site support!