Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Race Across the West

Race Across America starts today. This race is nuts; there's just no other way to put it. It's not a stage race. It's just go...'till you're done. That means figuring out how to balance speed and sleep against deadlines and competitors. The route covers more than 3,000 miles, from coast to coast, with more than 100,000 feet of climbing. The fastest solo riders take about 9 days to finish it, which is practically inconceivable to me. That's over 300 miles each day. On a bicycle!

Last year, the race organizers introduced a shorter version of the race, Race Across the West. It's comprised of the first, and hardest, 1,000 miles of RAAM. And, I am REALLY excited to say that I have a friend that will be racing in it! Dallas Morris. Dallas is an animal on the bike. He is physically and mentally tough. He's got 92 hours to pull this off. I think that I'm supposed to say something like 'he's going to crush that course'. But, the fact is, 1,000 miles in 92 hours in unknown conditions is nothing to be taken lightly. This isn't a race for common people. Dallas should feel right at home.

This year is going to be special to watch. Go Dallas!


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