The race name IDIRTAROD was inspired by the Iditarod sleigh race in Alaska – dubbed “The Last Great Race on Earth” – a race covering 1000 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer! In 1925, part of the Iditarod trail became a life saving highway for epidemic-stricken Nome, Alaska. Diphtheria threatened the Alaskan children and serum had to be brought in by intrepid dog mushers and their faithful hard-driving dogs.
In the same way, the IDIRTAROD Gravel Challenge is not just a gravel race. It’s a race in which unique men and women emulate the same spirit of the Iditarod mushers: a quest for adventure and a pursuit of reaching beyond oneself. The IDIRTAROD pits man and bike against the challenges of gravel racing at high altitudes. As each mile is covered, it is a tribute to the human spirit to always reach higher and deeper.
THE RACE BRINGS HOPE
Just as the Iditarod helped save many children’s lives, the goal of the IDIRTAROD Gravel Challenge is to provide gravel riders an opportunity to not only test themselves, but to bring hope into the lives of children, and especially the lives of Colorado children who are in desperate need.
This podcast soundclip is taken from one of my favorite podcasters: Rich Roll. You can visit his website at www.richroll.com to learn more about this amazing plant based athlete. Here is what he writes about Mike Cotty: “Wherever you think your boundary is…if you can get to that point but then step a little bit…
The Man or Woman Who Thinks He or She Can
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t!
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost certain that you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a person’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind!
If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself
before you can win the prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the strongest or fastest man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can!