UNUSUAL WEDDING: Couple Weds During Bike Race

A cycling-loving Arizona couple tied the knot on Saturday during a grueling 100-mile mountain bike race.  
In January, Julie Bass, 45, and her fiancé, Rick Bucher, 40, were planning their wedding – a medium-size ceremony in Sedona, Arizona, a town famous for its beautiful red sandstone formations. But overwhelmed by the ballooning expenses, Bass had a change of heart.

“I’ve never been that traditional or dreamed of wearing a white wedding dress,” she told Yahoo! Shine. “Rick and I both love cycling and we were planning to enter the Leadville 100 race in Colorado, so I said, ‘Why not get married in the middle of the race?’”

Bucher, however, was skeptical. “Julie and I are experienced cyclers but the logistics of marrying in the middle of a race seemed unrealistic,” he said. Bucher had reason to hesitate. After all, the race is a 100-mile cycle across the rough terrain of the Colorado Rockies, starting at 10,152 feet and elevating to 12,424 feet.

“But I had to agree that it was the best way to represent our relationship and our passion for cycling and the outdoors.” So the two planned to wed at the mid-point of the race, at the highest elevation area, the Columbine Climb.