The Ride: Idaho Springs to Top of Mt. Evans
27.4 miles up, 27.4 miles down, ascending 6,590 feet on the highest paved road in the United States.
Why I Ride: My mom, Karma Imogen Smith-Grindell, passed away on November 13, 2019. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2012. She endured this disease with dignity, kindness, and patience. Nonetheless, it is a difficult path to traverse, and robs both its victim and their family of joy and shared experience over a long, emotionally fraught journey.
I want to ride this year for all those affected by Alzheimer’s. The millions of Americans living with this disease, and the family members and friends who provide them with care. I also want to support the science that will one day bring us knowledge about this mysterious disease, and hopefully a means of mitigating or eliminating its ravages.
On Sunday morning, June 14th, I will depart Idaho Springs, CO and begin the long climb on my bike to the top of Mt. Evans. It's a 56-mile round trip consisting of 28 miles up...all up—I will climb from an elevation of 7,540' all the way up to 14,130'. Assuming I survive, I will then turn around and make the 28 mile descent down the same road!
The money we raise together will help focus efforts in Alzheimer’s research. I know 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, but if you have the means and the desire to help, I very much appreciate your support in the form of a donation. If this isn't a good year for a financial contribution, I'll appreciate your thoughts as I push myself up America's highest paved road!
Thanks for your support!