This is the ultimate cycling event that all ultra cyclists wish to partake in. 3,000 miles across America in approximately 10 days through scorching desert of 48 degrees celsius followed quickly by sub zero temperatures as you scale the Rockies and later the Appalachian mountain range. In the middle of the country, the route is flat but often with strong crosswinds or headwinds. Add in 10 days of only getting approximately 1-2 hours sleep each day and the accompanying hallucinations and it’s easy to see why the Race Across America was previously voted as the toughest endurance sporting event in the world and why less than 50% tend to complete the course each year.
The course deserves ultimate respect because so many things can go wrong in that 3,000 miles. Luck, experience and proper conditioning inevitably plays a part and I can only hope that by 2013 I am as ready as I can be to take part in the event and will be seeking to finish and then, if that goal is achieved, hopefully be high enough up the field to claim rookie of the year. By 2016, all going well, I will be at my peak and targeting a top 3 finish and a win.