I'm glad you guys liked it. There was a post in the racing forum about why not just hand the Tour win to the rider with the best VO2
Max, well, because sometimes human beings like Freddie come along who probably have a VO2
Max in the upper 90's, that just aren't interested in racing. And he reminds me that there's much more to a bicycle than winning races. For a lot of people it is a way of life.
Just to give an idea how far Freddie has ridden, at my peak I rode and raced 8,800 miles in one year. Pretty normal for an amateur racer or cycling die hard. A Cat 1 friend who did long rides, clocked over 12,000, which impressed me at the time. Freddie was riding over 50,000 a year in the 80's, and "down" to about 35,000 a year in his 40's.
Here's another amazing stat:Daniel Chew
is a former RAAM racer and bicycling endurance athlete. He's hoping to hit 1,000,000 before he can't ride anymore, and thinks he'll get there in his late 70's. Freddie had ridden that by the age of 33, and is now somewhere around 1.5 million. He'll probably top 3 million by the time he's 75.
There's often bickering about the validity of athletes and charitable causes. I don't want to get into talking about anyone else here, so hopefully no one will. But if there ever was a person to believe in, and is true as blue, it's Freddie and his efforts to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
. Not trying to push anything at all here, but in the event someone does want to get involved or donate, there's a link at the bottom there.