On a relatively ordinary morning Oct. 1, Ashton Lambie ’13 peddled his bike across the Colorado-Kansas border; it was the beginning of a ride to remember.
Following a carefully planned-out route — plus an eight-mile detour — 23 hours and 54 minutes later, and after traveling 429.7 miles nearly non-stop, his ride wrapped up the morning of Oct. 2 when he crossed the Kansas-Missouri border.
He’d done it, setting a new record in the time to ride a bike across Kansas, beating the previous record by about six hours and beating his own 24-hour goal by six minutes. The ride generated a front-page story in the Lawrence paper, plus lots of calls, questions and social media buzz.
“It’s humbling people are so excited about it,” Lambie said. “Lots of people have driven across Kansas, so I guess they can relate.”
His ride team included his wife Margaret (Gregory) Lambie ’14, parents and two people to officiate the record ride.