The KHMTT normally is run in the Spring of each year however in 2020 due to COVID-19 we had to postpone the series to the Fall.
In the Spring of 2021 Cherry Creek State Park plans on resurfacing some of the roadway in the park, something that has been needed for years. Due to the resurfacing, some of the roads will be closed and will not be available for the KHMTT course. This would result in either a shortened course or could require a cancelation of the series.
In addition, COVID-19 is still with us and will still be a factor in the Spring of 2021. We are hoping that it will be at least less of a factor in the Fall.
Therefore, the COBRAS along with the management of Cherry Creek State Park and ColoradoCycling.org (BRAC) have decided to again postpone the series to the Fall in 2021 and hopefully will be able to schedule the series in the Spring in 2022.
The series dates for the 2021 KHMTT will be September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20.
We are looking forward to seeing you then!
We all have our stories
Over the years of being part of the race management team for the KHMTT, I have had the privilege of hearing racer’s stories about why they race, personal victories and challenges.
One such story comes from Patrick Bohan, who incidentally was the racer who crashed during a race last year but has now recovered. But more important is Patrick’s story on why he started racing.
Patrick suffers from what doctors beleive is a neurological disorder, multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN) of which there is no cure.
MMN is marked by muscle atrophy, difficulty walking or lifting items, cramping, fasciculations and muscle spasms, muscle tightness and discomfort, lack of mobility in the affected muscles, loss of Achilles reflex.
And if that wasn’t enough, Patrick also suffers from other abnormalities such as paresthesia in hands and feet, cold hands and feet, numbness in all affected muscles, stabbing pains, buzzing sensations among other annoyances. He spends 14 or 15 hours a day laying down in discomfort and fatigue.
Cycling is what Patrick beleives is keeping him upright and out of a wheelchair.
Patrick raced in the Men 55-59 Cat 4/5 category last year, and due to the accident was only able to race four of the seven weeks of the series. However, he finished in first place three weeks and second one week. Remarkable for a man who is lucky to even walk.
Patrick is sharing his story and has authored a book “How a Neurological Disorder Changed My Life for the Better: The Science Behind Nerve, Muscular, and Neuromuscular Disorders and Their Effects on Cycling”.
It is a gripping bio in which he writes about how training techniques could alter muscle protein composition overcoming physical limitations and asks the question: can disease influence personality traits such as resiliency, grit, and mental toughness to overcome physical limitations such as pain? Patrick puts this question to the test in ways that place the reader on the edge of mental and physical challenges unmatched by anything you have ever read.
If you have questions, would like more information, or you or someone you know suffers from a neuro disorder, you may email Patrick at email@example.com.
Many of the photos in the book and the cover page were taken by our good friend Ryan Muncy at the KHMTT.