Some people would consider spending 24 hours in a car, only broken up by several hours of grueling bicycle riding, as an unreasonable way to spend a weekend.
Those people were not participating in the Salt to Saint Cycling Relay.
The event started Friday morning in Salt Lake City and ended Saturday in St. George. Teams of four or eight riders were allowed to participate in the ride.
In all, 55 teams participated in the event. The fastest team, Simply Mac Racing, finished the course with a time of 17:46:12.
Teams made one of their exchanges in Richfield Friday night.
“It was quite the experience,” said Brad Eyre, Central Valley. Eyre was a member of Richfield Riders, a four-person team that also included David Neslen, Amanda Crane and Mike Hawley.
He said the course took the riders from Salt Lake City to Richfield, then down U.S. Highway 89 to Kanab, and finally to St. George.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Eyre said. “It was crazy and fun … I’d never done a relay like this before.”
Each member of the team completed six of the 24 stages of the ride.
“It was really fun,” Crane said. She said the ride was well worth the work to complete.
The Richfield Riders completed the course in 22:59:03 for seventh place overall, and first place among the mix team [meaning men and women on the same team] division.
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