Pedaling for principles: Houston cyclists choose to not ride on Sunday

By Ramona Siddoway

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, July 20 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

So, what were these men thinking about as they neared the finish line? Was it the feeling of satisfaction of having reached a goal? Was it the anticipation of finally being able to stop pedaling? All of that as well as something different was on Rackleff’s mind.

“The last 30 miles all I could think about was getting Mexican food,” he confessed. “I really had a craving for one of those tubular tacos.”

But the most difficult part of the experience wasn’t necessarily the rough road patches, the sore muscles, the food cravings, or even those last 60 miles. For the men, it was the irony of getting up early Sunday morning for church after returning to Houston at 2:30 a.m.

Which goes to prove that sometimes there is no rest for the weary.

Ramona Siddoway is a freelance writer who has published articles in Belgium, Angola and the United States. She lives with her husband in Houston. Her website is at

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