Carrying on a six year tradition for a group of Des Moines residents means riding their bicycles from Iowa’s state capitol to Missouri’s state capitol in three days.
This year the three day state capitol to state capitol ride for this group of cycling friends took them through Centerville Wednesday to refuel, rehydrate and spend the night.
One of the cyclists, Richard Deming, said Mark Stelmacher six years ago came up with the idea to do three-day rides. The first four years the rides took them to the four corners of Iowa.
“His vision was, we’re going to do a self-contained ride from Des Moines to one of the four corners of Iowa,” Deming said.
After accomplishing that, Stelmacher came up with the “Capitol to Capitol Series.”
The first year for the “Capitol to Capitol Series” was last year and it took this group of friends from Des Moines to the state capitol of Wisconsin in Madison.
This year a group of 14 left Des Moines and after 120 miles arrived in Centerville Wednesday night to refuel, rehydrate and get some sleep. Their destination is Missouri’s state capitol in Jefferson City, a 350 mile long one-way journey.
Deming said the group of friends — all from Des Moines — has grown over the years and they all share at least two commonalities — the downtown YMCA in Des Moines and cancer.
Deming said they all met each other while waiting outside the Y to open at 5 a.m. so they could get their workouts in. Then over time they started working out together and participating in triathlons.
Deming said the YMCA is not only a great place to workout but it is also a great place to develop a community of friends.
“And most of us, the best friends we have in our lives, are people that we met at the YMCA,” Deming said.