Posted: Aug 28, 2011 6:04 PM by John Romero
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 10:05 AM
Hundreds took to Pikes Peak Sunday morning for what many cyclists call the ultimate test. The 2nd Annual Assault on the Peak takes these gutsy cyclists nearly 25 miles up Pikes Peak. That's a vertical climb of nearly 8,000 feet! "This is just very unrelenting and 6 hours of pain!" says cyclist Drew Wills.
Wisconsin native Adam Zabler was understandably nervous before he hit the Peak. "I did Mount Evans last year just for fun." he says, "I didn't know what I was getting in to and don't know if I am today!"
For others like retired pro cyclist Traci Brown, it's more of a "bucket list" type of thing. "It's kind of cool to check it off of your list!" she laughs, "They only let you do this once a year."
Perhaps the most courageous rider this year is Wills. Paralyzed 6 years ago he now rides a hand bike. The work is much harder than riding a conventional bike. "Maybe it's just the idea of not wanting to fail." he says, "If you're able to complete these things you feel like you have a little more confidence. That carries over to all sorts of things in life."
For Wills and others the race transcends the course and becomes a metaphor for life. "I think you also find yourself out there." he explains, "When you push yourself to your limits. I think you open up some doors and find out some things about yourself."