One of those who made it up was one of White's riding partners, Ben Vegh
The pastor at The Gateway Church, Vegh took on an added personal challenge during the seven-day event, riding several extra miles per day to get his total up to 600.
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was able to keep his
momentum and crested Potter's Hill without stopping.
"I got up a little later than I wanted that day, so I was a little behind schedule," Vegh
"I went 49.9 miles in 2 hours, 31 minutes, and that's with 3,600 feet of climb, including Potter's Hill.
"Potter's Hill was crazy.
In the stretch where I was, only one or two people out of several hundred made it to the top without getting off their bike."
, and 10 others from West Michigan completed the RAGBRAI as a fundraiser for First Priority of the Lakeshore — a multi-denominational student-led middle and high school campus outreach ministry.
Currently, around 13 student-led groups in seven schools impact nearly 500 students around West Michigan.
Vegh drew motivation during the ride by thinking of his
daughter, Raegan, who is about to enter middle school and will, he
hopes, benefit from First Priority.
"I personally felt like I was riding for my daughter, which was neat," he
While the time on the bike was special, Vegh
, as a first-time rider in the event, said the festival atmosphere at each small town made a lasting impression on him.
"It was just a mass of people crossing the state of Iowa.
It was a lot of riding every day, and every night, a huge party," Vegh
Both White and Vegh expressed their appreciation to Jack Crawford, owner of Loose Spokes in Grand Haven, for his support of the group.