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The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to documenting the American cancer experience through The Portraits Project, raising funds for cancer research and patient support services, as well as spreading awareness for the fight against cancer through annual cross-country bike rides.

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Day 3: Brutally Beautiful Little Falls 05.21.18

Today the team rode 67 miles from Albany to Little Falls, New York. The day was hot with tons of hills and beautiful views. We rode through lush green valleys that made the 1 kilometer climbs well worth it. Today our elevation gain was 3,350 ft. Something that seemed so daunting, turned out to be rewarding as we stood at the top of the hills and looked down.Everyone on the team can agree that today was extremely tough but we all pushed through the grueling hills that from the bottom seemed impossible. Some of the team shed a few tears up the hills. Eric and Mike cried tears of joy thinking about the pb and J’s as motivation up the hills. We were all very relieved to learn that these hills will be the largest until Colorado!

We would like to thank the YMCA in Little Falls for hosting us tonight. We would also like to thank Sandra (I4K alum from 2007) for making us a delicious meal and driving an hour to deliver it to us, it was very appreciated!! The team can agree that the brownies and pasta were delicious :) It is so great to meet past riders and hear stories about their ride. They are truly the only people that understand how special the experience of being on Illini 4000 is.

With three days down this is starting to feel like a routine, I’m excited to see what the next 75 days have in store!

Flat count: 3
Song of the day: Breakeven ( still alive but we are barely breathing)- how we felt after each climb
Memorable story: Sam, Aaron, Caroline and I went to a random house in the middle of nowhere to use the bathroom. The women seemed extremely hesitant but eventually took pity on us (might have had something to do with how exhausted we looked) Conclusion: we all officially conquered any fears of stranger danger!

Day 2: We all made it to Albany 05.20.18

Today the team rode 87.9 miles from Beacon to Albany, New York. The day was long, hot and filled with more climbing! The views were absolutely incredible and made it all worth it! Lush green Read more…

Day 1: High ho high ho off to Beacon we go 05.19.18

As many of you are aware the start to our adventure was more eventful than many of us anticipated. To fill you in our set train ride was changed to a bus ride to Toledo Read more…

Day 75/76: SAN FRAN!! 08.03.17

Last two days of riding. Since I will not have access to a computer after tonight I thought I would do the final post all in one. Today’s ride was harder than expected and there Read more…

Day 74: Hotter Than… 08.03.17

Today I dedicated the ride to Matt Dsouza, a close mentee of my fathers who was his favorite caddy for a number of years. Matt graduated from U of I in 2013 and received his Read more…

Day 73: Orlandia 08.01.17

Today Christina Su dedicated the ride to a group she ate dinner with last night, five of whom were cancer survivors. This morning we had a mostly successful departure as we started to roll out Read more…