Originally published for 5280.com on January 2nd, 2020.
As temperatures dip and snow piles up in the mountains, even the most avid Colorado cyclists are stowing away their bikes for winter. But not David Clark. The Boulder resident is about to spend the month of January on the saddle of his fat bike, embarking on a 2,000-mile mid-winter ride across the country.
Clark will depart on Sunday, January 5, and plans visit the six original NHL teams’ stadiums—starting in Chicago (Blackhawks) and pedaling to Detroit (Red Wings), Toronto (Maple Leafs), Montreal (Canadiens), Boston (Bruins), and ending with his home team in New York (Rangers).
It might seem like a goal that is equal parts extreme and insane—but there’s a reason for this journey. Fifteen years ago, Clark fought his way back from morbid obesity and addiction by focusing on extreme endurance events, including the Leadville 100, one of Colorado’s most grueling ultra-running races.
“That, for me, seemed so impossible,” Clark says. “It’s so easy to dismiss your accomplishments. Lots of people do marathons and Ironmans. I knew that if I could run 100 miles that wouldn’t be something I would ever dismiss.”
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