Many of Ray Bolton’s accomplishments went unnoticed among the cycling community when he achieved his next thousand rides or his string of consecutive days ridden. He barely even mentioned these milestones to his riding companions. He simply wanted to continue riding. (His very last trip up the mountain occurred five days before he went to Lutheran Hospital with an eventually fatal case of CoVid 19.)

Ray Bolton posing with friendsHis friends would confer with each other when he approached another milestone to anticipate the day of the next ‘thousandth lap’. Fortunately the last recorded ‘thousand lap’ was duly celebrated because he closed in on number eight thousand (and probably passed it with the rides on Lookout before he started recording them), but we did not get to celebrate that momentous day with him.