Would you ride a bike for 15+ hours?

Last year, we became big fans of Christopher Tassava of Northfield, one of the few competitors to make it through last January’s cold weather to bike 135 miles across northern Minnesota in the Arrowhead 135. He had every reason to give up, given the -30 degree conditions, but then he read Facebook messages from his fans and he pushed through. Facebook is like that.

Things are different this year. It’s positively balmy out there.

He wrote before the race started that he was hoping for a 24-hour finish.

He did it in a shade over 19-hours, finishing 26th, cutting almost 10 hours off last year’s time when he crossed the finish line around 3 this morning.

“Never felt this good on a bike for so good,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

Jorden Wakeley of Michigan finished first in about 15 hours.

The first woman finisher, Tracey Petevary of Idaho, finished 18th overall at 18 1/2 hours, repeating her victory of a year ago.

We have nothing but respect for people who test themselves on the Arrowhead 135. And bundles more for the people who stand out at 3 in the morning to welcome them at the finish line.

Update 6:05 p.m. – Chad Richardson forwards this video of an upcoming film that features a Hastings competitorr in the Arrowhead.

  • MrE85

    Some years ago, a local fellow decided to try to run on a treadmill for 24 hours for charity. He ran about 80 miles, and raised $3,000+ for the American Lung Association. Me? I’m lucky to make it to the Y a couple days a week.

  • Brian Simon

    I haven’t yet ridden for 15 hrs, but am signed up for an event this year that will likely take me that long. That will be in the summer. Pulling off the same feat in winter is another thing entirely. Also worth noting – the start of the arrowhead this year was 48 degrees warmer than last. I did a 100+ miler thus fall in the low 30s, over about 9 hours. It’s rather taxing. The arrowhead is over tougher terrain, a longer distance & can be brutally cold. It’s truly an impressive accomplishment.