Tom Spencer shaved his hair to raise money for the MACC Fund.The Trek 100 is a signature event for the KS Energy Team Wisconsin Cycling Team. The 28th edition of the ride was no exception, where we had over 30 teammates prominently positioned the starting line. We are so proud to be part of such a worthy event that benefits children all over the world through the MACC Fund, and have raised over $6,700 this year alone, with donations still coming in. A big shout out of thanks to teammate Tom Spencer, who topped the fund raising leader board by raising over $1,000 – selling his own hair!
The Trek 100 event is always very well organized, with 300 volunteers braving the elements to provide 1,700 riders great food and dynamite entertainment. Braving the elements? That may be putting it mildly. As emcee and MACC Fund co-founder John McGlocklin send us out from Trek world headquarters in Waterloo, the rain started gently falling. He warned riders that there were thunderstorms in Columbus, but we didn’t reach the first rest stop before the skies opened up fully.
The rain was coming down fast enough to cover the roads – and the potholes too. Unfortunately, one of our teammates was a casualty of the hidden hazard and fortunately, only suffered bumps and bruises. As we made our way through the county highways in some challenging downpours, one of our wittier colleagues quoted Bill Murray from the movie Caddyshack, “I don’t think the heavy stuff is going to come down for quite a while.” Flats were commonplace among our team as well, racking up 14 flats, with a couple gentlemen padding the numbers by generating three on their own.
Still, after 65-70 miles, the skies parted, the winds kicked up, and it got very warm in a hurry. The stop at Fall River Foundry is a favorite; it’s generally the last stop for us, and they have pizza! Rolling into Waterloo after 5+ hours in the saddle, the Trek grounds were a welcome site. It was a very satisfying experience, surrounded by a great team, and we couldn’t do it without the generous support of our sponsors: KS Energy Services, Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, Trek Bikes, Emerys, Country Financial, and Clifbar!