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By VeloNews Interactive
After more than two days on his bike, Boulder, Colorado’s Chris Grealish won the grueling 750-mile Boston-Montreal-Boston ultra-marathon event.
The one-time Colorado race promoter has returned to the saddle in style taking the race, which runs through Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Canada and back, in 53 hours and 48 minutes.
Grealish attacked early – at least early in ultra-marathon terms – sliding off the front of the field just 50 miles into the race. The owner of Boulder/Denver Couriers delivery service continued through the first 579 miles of the race without a sleep break. After a one-hour cat nap, Grealish went on and covered the remaining 171 miles to the finish.
In addition to overcoming the course’s 35,000 vertical feet of climbing, Grealish rode through the pouring rain for roughly 155-miles, from Ludlow, Vermont to Rouse’s Point, New York.
“It was like being on a stationary bike and having a garden hose spraying right in your face . . . for nine hours,” Grealish said, adding, “I’m not used to that.”
Although Grealish knew he was in the lead, it was not until twenty miles from the finish line, at about mile 730, when he realized that he was definitely winning the race. He completed the ride more than two hours ahead of the next riders.
“At this point, I’m not planning on doing the BMB again. I plan to ride the Paris-Brest-Paris in next August, instead.” The Paris-Brest-Paris ride is the original 750-mile Ultra-Marathon Cycling event, dating back to the early 1900’s.