24 Hours of Cumming

Race reports and information on 24 Hours of Cumming, an ultracycling event in Cumming, Iowa
  • 24 Hours of Cumming 2015: Sarah’s Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Ultracyclist and former long-course triathlete

    Sarah Cooper at 24 Hours of Cumming 201524 Hours of Cumming
    400 km (248 miles) gravel bike race
    August 8–9, 2015
    Cumming, Iowa

    Dealing with the aftermath of gravel racing has become an entity all its own for me, and for my family. It’s me, standing in front of my husband bleeding and covered in dirt, asking him, “Can you bandage this up?” It’s my daughters combing the mega knot out of my pony tail that I get every time I spend hours in the wind and gravel dust. And it’s my son, driving me to various errands around town and teasing me about maybe needing to drop my sorry butt at the door or park in a handicapped parking spot. It’s a thing now, a consequence, and a shared burden more so than it ever had been for triathlon. And then there is the sleep deprivation, and the trip to the bike shop to fix whatever I broke, and the ice cream… there must always be ice cream.

    24 Hours of Cumming this year for me was plagued by random misfortune, mistakes, minor injury, and bad weather. There was definitely more of a physical aftermath to deal with than I had hoped for, and it was a lot slower finish time than I anticipated. I won’t pretend that I am not disappointed by that, but I learned a few good things in the process, and felt a bond with my crew of friends that made the suckiness totally fade away. I just love this event.

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  • 24 Hours of Cumming: Sarah’s Report

    by Sarah Cooper, Long Course Triathlete and Ultracyclist

    Sarah Cooper at the 24 Hours of Cumming gravel race24 Hours of Cumming was my last gravel event of the season, and thankfully it ended on a high note. Twenty-two athletes started the solo event, including 2 women. I placed second overall out of only 10 finishers, and am the only woman that finished. The race is 400K (247 miles) broken down into four 100K loops, each starting and ending at the Cumming Tap. There is a 24-hour time limit for finishing. An 11:00 a.m. start time guarantees that everyone will ride during the night. There is no support allowed on the course and no aid stations or C store stops, but crews were allowed at the start/finish area. This was a brand new event, and I was super excited to have an ultra event start just minutes from my house. No flights, no long drive, and no hotel stay!

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