Four time Unbound Gravel champion Dan Hughes welcomed a new class of gravel grinders to the 1,000 Mile Club Sunday morning.
The Lawrence-based cyclist started the club in 2015 after he completed his fifth 200-mile race.
"It is tough enough to do one with high heat and winds and chunky courses," he said. "You might catch a mud year or you might catch a year that is perfect, but anybody who comes back and does it five times, lines up five times, I think that deserves some recognition."
The group Sunday received a 32-ounce Weiss goblet, which Hughes hoped was large enough to hold whatever beverage the riders needed after logging another 200 miles this weekend.
"Whatever they need to drink and forget the day — it might be a Bloody Mary, it might be iced tea, I don't know," he said, adding that he was glad to add more people to the list each year. "I feel like it's growing the family every year. Some of those people I've known for years and years and years and are great friends of mine."
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