Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012 #raamchallenge

I was lucky enough to take part in the Race Across America 2012, we cycled over 3000 miles, 12 states, over 100,000ft in elevation in 7 days, 7 hours and 38 minutes. We achieved this challenge with only 2 fully functioning legs in the whole eight man team and raised over £100,000… Here is our story.

Daily Mail Article

Seriously-wounded British soldiers have defied the odds to complete a 3,000 mile cycle ride across the U.S. Eight disabled servicemen received a heroes’ welcome on crossing the finishing line in Annapolis, Maryland, just seven days and eight hours after setting off from Oceanside, California. Covering up to 500 miles per day and scaling heights totaling more than 100,000ft, the adapted bike riders have raised almost £100,000 for Help For Heroes. Amongst Team Battle Back was Sgt Simon Harmer, 34, who lost his legs to a bomb, and who said the 3,051 mile relay was ‘one of the hardest things I’ve ever done’. The Bosnia and Iraq war veteran, married to Marisa with whom he has 10-month-old daughter Sophia, used a ‘sit-down’ bike to cover the distance. He was joined by Royal Engineer SSgt Steve Arnold, 32, and Royal Marine commando Joe Townsend, 24, who both lost both legs in Afghanistan blasts. Pte Steve Richardson, 22, who has no legs and only four fingers, was also injured by an IED during a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010. The four veterans on upright bicycles were Sgt Mark Allen, 40, who lost a leg after a parachute accident during pre-deployment training. He was joined by Royal Marine reservist Don Maclean, 34, who suffered serious foot injuries from an IED, and 36-year-old Paratrooper Jamie Hull, 36, who was badly burned after a light aircraft caught fire. Capt Rab Smedley, 33, who sustained a broken neck and back in an Army skiing accident, made up the team. The coast-to-coast Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the world’s toughest endurance contests. Crossing 12 states, through deserts, mountains and plains, it is further than the gruelling Tour de France. The cyclists rode in relay around the clock, one on the road at a time and averaging more than 17 miles per hour, followed by 18 support crew.

Daily Mail 2012

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Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012 #raamchallenge