The 26th Annual HOT 100 has come and gone. Congratulations and many many thanks to Kellee Inskeep for making this a successful event.
Back in June, Kellee was handed two pieces of note paper with some hand scribbled notes by Bill Heim, the ride director for the past three years. Bill was off on a bucket list quest to ride his bike across the country.
With those notes - and by asking lots of questions of lots of people - she pulled together volunteers, sponsors, and created a blue print for putting on an event of this magnitude.
Through no fault of anyone - this was probably the most poorly attended HOT 100 in recent memory (and my memory goes back to 1998). There were several other competing events in the area and the weather forecast was wildly unpredictable.
I will say that the 203 hardy souls that did show up for the 26th Annual HOT 100 enjoyed a perfect day for riding, smooth registration, well-marked routes, well stocked and well supported rest stops, excellent SAG support, and a delicious baked spaghetti meal at the end.
There was one incident where three riders were taken down by a dog - but I'm happy to report, minus some abrasions and a sprained ankle - all are well and will be back on their bikes again soon.
Many thanks to our sponsors, MOAB, St. Thomas Rutherford, David Renegar, Tangerine, Results Physiotherapy, and Mayo Paint. We would not want to do this without your support!
I cannot begin to thank our volunteers enough. Without you - this ride would never happen. Kellee Inskeep, Ride Director; Bryan Campbell, Registration; Bob Barkley, Route Marking; Steve Lovett, SAG support; Tom Delker, Ham Radio Support; Janet Fry & Jay Lanfear, Route Creator and Ride With GPS guru; Craig Bernhoft, David Renegar, David Becker, Dana Melton and Janey Drye, Rest Stop Coordinators. Y'all make me proud.
And last but not least, I'd like to recognize Wanita Quakenbush, whose husband Karl died as a result of injuries received during the 2015 HOT 100. Wanita worked the packet pickup at MOAB the days before the event, and then spoke to all of the riders, thanking them for helping with Karl last year, and wishing everyone a safe ride before the start of the ride Saturday morning. A beautiful example of grace and love.
We have a little bit of time to rest - and then the conversations need to start regarding the 27th Annual HOT 100. But for now - I've got twin grandbabies, who unexpectedly decided to arrive the day before the HOT, that need some snuggles from their Pops and Sadee.
Get on your bikes and ride!