The 2014 Trans Am Bike Race is set to be the inaugural unsupported race across the USA. It will depart from Astoria, OR on June 7th 2014 and see racers traverse the entire 4,300 mile route — taking them across 10 states, several mountain ranges, and the great plains.
As soon as I heard about this race I knew it was something I had to be involved with. I really enjoyed the novelty of competing in the inaugural Transcontinental Race in 2013 — I loved the idea that nobody knew what would happen at the start, that benchmarks were waiting to be set, and that it attracted a great group of people, all willing to throw themselves into the unknown.
Added to the fact that the Trans Am Bike Race offers a similar experience, over a longer distance, is the fact that it represents a return to where it all started for me. When I toured the Trans Am trail in 2010, I had limited experience of long distance riding and even less fitness — over the course of that 50-day journey I learned a huge amount and pushed myself further than I would have thought possible beforehand. It feels right to return to race the route.
Next summer I hope to build on the lessons I learned in the Transcontinental and put in a good ride across the USA. Interestingly, the race will be run at a similar time to the Race Across America (RAAM), the longstanding supported bike race across the country — it’s going to be interesting to see if any of the riders in the Trans Am Bike Race will average close to the pace of the RAAM finishers.
I’ll be detailing my training and preparation for the Trans Am Bike race on the blog, so watch this space…
To give you a taste of what I’m about to take on, here’s a selection of images taken from the race organizer’s website: