Plans for next year are being formulated and I along with three Team Bedford friends and some of our partners are seriously considering entering the Race Across America (RAAM). The four riders and our team of support crew are looking to tackle a cycling event which has the reputation of being the longest endurance event in the cycling world. The Race Across America (RAAM) starts on the west coast in San Diego, California and takes the competitors over 3,000+ miles climbing the Pacific Rim, dropping into the desert, riding over sand dunes, into the Rockie Mountains, over the Utah salt flats. Temperatures over 1300 one day and snow the next. From sea level to over 11,000 feet within 30 miles and finishing on the East coast in Atlantic City. The race gives us a challenge which is physically gruelling and mentally demanding for the entire team who will be competing 24 hours a day for 8 or 9 days. Sounds like fun eh? Why are we contemplating this? Well Andy G one of the riders is in his third year of remission from cancer and during isolation following his treatment he wanted to inspire and help others and came up with three objectives which we all believe are excellent objectives and want to support him in attaining them. They are:
- Provide hope and inspiration to those touched by cancer and other serious diseases
- To raise funds in aid of worthy charities
- And for one of the racers, to show utter defiance to a disease which when diagnosed, he was told that he would not be cured
We are currently trying to work out how to raise the funds to complete this challenge so if you have any suggestions please get in touch.