He did it!!! My best friend Mike Dunlap not only finished his bike race across South Dakota, but won the race outright and set a new course record!!! Drum roll please....Mike Dunlap, age 51: 22:45
I visited with Mike's son, Ben, on Friday evening and Mike was about 5.5 hours into the race. Ben and his friend Josh were crewing for Mike the first half of the race and said Mike was looking real good. At that point, Mike was in the lead for the solo racers, but there was a relay team in front of him.
When Mike rolled into Gettysburg, South Dakota about 4am on Saturday morning, Ben and Josh hit the hotel and now it was Mike's wife, Karen's turn to crew onto the finish. At this point Mike was the overall leader!
I was able to talk with Karen and was lucky to have a quick chat with Mike as he was taking a quick bathroom break at a gas station. Mike still had 140 miles to go, but he really sounded up beat and was ready for the challenge!
Last year Mike did the two person relay and he rode the second half into a stiff headwind and rain, the weather this year was much better.
The fact that Mike finished first over everyone at the age of 51 is incredible!! Mike averaged over 19 mph for the 400+ mile race!
I can't tell you how proud I am of Mike!! It just goes to show you, that if you really want something bad enough, and are willing to work hard for it, anything and everything is possible!
Way to go "Dun" you rock!!!