Monday, July 07, 2008

one amazing woman

Jenn Hopkins, who has been racing the Great Divide Race this year on her SINGLESPEED has been on track to break not only the female course record, but also the singlespeed course record. She has been flying!!! It is crazy. I checked her out online and she sounds super cool and fun to hang out with, too. (Jenn, if you're ever in Atlanta, GA give me a shout ;)

I just read this on the race blog, and am hoping she gets back out there soon. Regardless of what happens, I think she is a complete rockstar!!

Jenn called at 8 a.m. Monday from Abiquiu. She said she rode onto the plateau yesterday after leaving Abiquiu a first time, but began to feel sick again after having felt ill on Sunday. She said she did begin to feel "loads better" Sunday night, so she moved on. But "in retrospect the fact that it took me five hours of riding and lying down to nap and riding and lying down to nap to get five or so miles up onto the plateau is not a good sign." She said she arrived at the top and was still feeling horrible. She couldn't keep food or water down, and although she promised herself she would never move backward on the route, she didn't feel it was safe to continue in her state. So she returned to Abiquiu to rest some more, but on Monday morning, she was feeling despondent about her situation. She didn't know whether she had a stomach bug or whether it was heat-related. "I can't ride. I can't eat. I can't do anything," she said. "I'm really frustrated because it was going well and now it looks like I'm not even going to make the cut-off to Antelope Wells." She did not know what she was going to do. "I am thinking of home quite a lot right now," he said. She mentioned she was going to stay in Abiquiu for a least a few more hours and assess how she felt then. Jenn mentioned the time cut-off, but she still has seven days to ride the final 600 miles into Antelope Wells, and most of those miles are in faster conditions by most accounts. Hopefully she can take some time off to kick this illness and stay on the route.


Good luck Jenn!

4 Comments:

Blogger Karlos said...

From a cross report from Mary Collier racing the Tour, she said that Jenn is back on and I believe maybe riding with Mary and Stephen from the Tour divide. I am pretty sure that the record will fall this year. And your right, lady is a Bad ass, certified even.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Karlos said...

UPDATE. Check the GDR site. It has a cross link to a site where you can send Jenn a message, I plan on doing that. She caught some sort of infection. She is still in Abiqeau. But, she is starting to get better, I hope she makes it.

4:09 AM  
Blogger Cellarrat said...

GO JENN!!!!!

6:35 AM  
Blogger Mallie said...

She's a tough cookie, continuing on after getting a diagnosis of Giardia. She deserves all the props and more.

7:59 AM  

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