The Marji Gesick 100 is frickin' hard! In my humble opinion, it's the hardest thing you'll ever do in one day on a mountain bike.
A little over a year ago, our friends George & Sarah from Snow Crown, 509 Cycles, and Broken Spoke Bicycle Studio in Green Bay peer pressured us into signing up for The Marji. In fact, you can listen to it right here, because it happened when we talked to them for the second ever episode of the Midwest Cycling Podcast.
Shortly after we talked to Blame Todd for the podcast and started to learn more about we were in for. You can check that one out here. We had hoped to have Blame Danny on the #MWCPod as well, but there were technical difficulties. But we did get them both on to talk about the 906 Polar Roll, and you can check that out here.
Anyway, after signing up we convinced some friends to do it - we "called them out" in the parlance of The Marji. Some told us to pound sand, and that riding a hundred miles of single track is a terrible idea. A few signed up for the 50 mile race, and one or two signed up for the full 100. (Or, 104, or 116, or 111; no one seems to know the actual distance. Thanks for nothing, Strava!) One of our good friends, Teddy Schaff had signed up for the 50 and then was Beer Pressured into the 100 by George after a mountain bike ride earlier this summer. I think you can see the video, here.
Having Teddy sign up was really exciting for us and over the rest of the summer we talked a lot about trying to ride together and finish together. The three of us ride at about the same level so it seemed like a good idea to use the buddy system. At first we had delusions of grandeur and belt buckles, but as Fall approached, we decided that the goal was just to finish the damn thing and have a giant adventure woodsbiking in the wilds of Marquette, MI.
So, did we finish?
Fuck yeah, we finished!
And there were a boat load of friends there waiting for us, which really surprised us and made us kinda emotional. It's one of the reasons, maybe the main reason, that the three of us may never do The Marji again. But, you can listen to us talk about all that in the podcast.
Thanks for listening, everybody. We're glad to be back.
--Mark, Sean & Sweaty Uncle Teddy.