2018 was a busy year for Dragi! Many of us have been following his story for a long time. Every year Dragi sets a seemingly impossible goal for cycling… and then proceeds to crush it every time. In 52 weeks, Dragi rode 912 rides, 15,216 miles over 340 days and set 612 personal records. He did much of his riding on the S-Works optimized bike with Altair technology!
It’s not easy, though. Dragi faced several obstacles this year, including wrist fractures and broken toes. Dragi credits Altair Health Services and their incredible care for his ability to continue riding, in spite of injuries. With the help of great medical care from Diane Towers and Brenda Stella, Dragi persevered. His dedication and drive ensured he conquered his goals and set a new personal record. Take a look at Dragi’s journey of rides throughout 2018:
Detroit Randonneurs Rides
- Detroit Randonneurs Northeast Populaire 116 k ride
- 200k Detroit Randonneurs
- RUSA Anniversary Ride 100k
Randonneuring is a long-distance unsupported endurance cycling race. Friendly camaraderie, not competition, is the hallmark of randonneuring. It is non-competitive in nature, and self-sufficiency is paramount. When participating in randonneuring events, riders are part of a long tradition that goes back to the beginning of the sport of cycling in France and Italy.
International Ride of Silence in Detroit & 18th Sue Rustoni Memorial Ride
On May 16, 2018 at 7pm, the Ride of Silence took place across North America. The Detroit ride started and finished at Belle Isle Shelter #8.
The Ride of Silence asks its cyclists to wear helmets, follow the rules of the road, and remain silent during the ride. Cyclists ride in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. The ride is held during National Bike Month and aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police, and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance respect and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured while cycling.
This is the largest Ride of Silence in Southeastern Michigan. The primary organizers and supporters of this event are Miller Canfield Cyclists and Wheelhouse Detroit.
This year Dragi completed these rides with a brace after breaking his wrist.
MS Holland and MS Frankenmuth with Team Altair
Team Altair participates in the MS rides throughout Michigan every year. The Holland ride is Dragi’s favorite. This year Chris Jorgensen and Janice Jorgensen joined Dragi for the ride. Chris rode his first Century ride of 100 miles and Janice rode 50 miles. It was windy, rainy, and stormy. On Day 2, many rides dropped off because of the weather. Dragi persevered and rode another 100 miles.
The Great Lakes Bavarian Breakaway ride in Frankenmuth was one of the most difficult rides Dragi had ever done. There was a large Altair team, but the weather didn’t cooperate for riders. The day was cold and windy, but Christopher and Dragi were able to complete 100 miles. Another rider wasn’t so lucky on the Altair team – he fell and broke his arm. Day 2 was five hours of cold and rain and not many people were able to finish because of the weather conditions.
Woodward Loop Rides for Charity
2018 marked the 10th year of Woodward Loop rides. The rides support youth cycling and all donations go to support the Michigan Youth Cycling organization. It’s a fun ride that goes along the iconic Woodward Avenue, the world’s first paved road!
Lake Erie and Port Huron Rides
Many of Dragi’s favorite rides took place on the Lake Erie loop. The loop is 130 miles total. He rode 10 times from his home to Lake Erie Metroparks and a few times from Hines Park and Canton. This totaled 10 times riding 130 miles and 20 times riding 100 miles.
Dragi also did many rides with different friends throughout the year!
Dragi is very passionate about riding, but he also loves photographing the Michigan autumn colors on his rides! The bright red, pink, and orange colors are his favorites. Check out a few of his favorites:
Official rides may end after the Fall, but that doesn’t mean Dragi stops riding. Even with broken toes from an injury involving stairs, Dragi still managed to put on more miles in November and December!
Hitting 15,000 miles on Christmas Day
Dragi successfully reached his 15k mile goal on December 25, 18! This would be an incredible achievement for anyone, but was especially so for Dragi this past year with multiple injuries and weather challenges. Nothing can stop this rider!
We’re already looking forward to seeing where Dragi’s bike takes him this year! How many miles do you think Dragi will crush in 2019? We put nothing past him!
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