6 days, 15 hours, 22 minutes
Kevin Bespolka, together with Stuart Baldwin, Marc Christensen, Mark Colman, Andy Cooper, Chris Peters, Fred Horwood and Nicky Szápáry have entered the RACE ACROSS AMERICA 2017 (raceacrossamerica.org) to CYCLE FOR CAMERON.
This cycle race is amongst the toughest in the world because of the 3,070 mile length (longer than the Tour de France), the non-stop 24/7 racing format, the mountain climbs totalling 176,000 vertical feet and the extreme weather conditions. The desert sun heats temperatures to well in excess of 100 degrees (+40C), while the passes in the Rocky Mountains can bringing freezing temperatures. The elevation low point is 187 feet below sea level and the highest is 10,856 feet. Team Cycling for Cameron will cross 12 States, three mountain ranges and four time zones, supported by an enthusiastic crew of 13 volunteers helping with directions, food, logistics, support vehicles and much more. The logistical challenge is not to be underestimated. Moving, feeding and housing a convoy of over 20 people in perpetual motion across the USA over the course of a week requires meticulous preparation. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that much of the race goes through parts of the US that are sparsely populated with few services, have extreme weather and difficult terrain. RAAM will be a very intense challenge for both racers and crew, with sleep being a particular challenge.
The 36th edition of the race starts on 17th June, 2017 in Oceanside, California and the team plans to finish 7 days later in Annapolis, Maryland. We will be updating our blog on a regular basis as we approach the start so please follow us by signing up to receive our blog via email or by following us on Facebook. We will also be streaming live footage of the racers during the race so please check back to watch our progress and for information on how to access the stream. Cycling aficionados can find more information on the race at www.raceacrossamerica.org.
We are all honored and excited to be doing this in Cameron’s memory and to raise awareness and support for the Cameron Bespolka Trust. This has special meaning to all of us, in many different ways. We are very pleased that so many people have come together to make this happen, putting in countless hours of training and preparation. Please visit the other areas of the website for more information about what the Trust has accomplished and future plans.
Please support us in any way you can. Any amount is so much appreciated and will make a huge difference to our work. All the costs of the ride are being met by the riders and Cameron’s family so all support, from both donors and sponsors, goes 100% to supporting the Trust’s work. We are so very grateful for all the support we have received so far. A huge thank you for all the donations and encouragement, with a very special thank you to our sponsors. We look forward to sharing our journey with you. Don't forget to sign up on our blog to get the latest news and some live action!
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Thank you so much to all our sponsors for their very generous and kind support.
We are so proud and honoured that you will be part of our journey to CYCLE FOR CAMERON
There is still time to sponsor six other racers. Please email us if you are interested:
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