We left Flagstaff today, but will return next week. We took some back roads to get across to Blythe. The temperature has gone up 30 degrees to 101 (F), and we went through several passes before we came down to the flat desert.
Just after we went through Prescott AZ we saw the first cyclist. He looked like a professional – nice skin-tight outfit, cool helmet, going like stink. Then we saw the first support vehicle. The sign across the windshield said “Race Across America”. I’d never heard about it before.
In the next 100 miles, we counted 30 cyclists and over 68 support vehicles. It’s one of the most challenging long-distance races in the world, 30% longer than the Tour de France, and once the clock starts ticking, it doesn’t stop until you arrive . You start in Oceanside California and end up in Annapolis Maryland. 3000 miles, and you have to do it within 12 days, if you’re on your own. If you’re part of a team, you only have 9 days. Can you ride 300 miles a day for 12 days? In 100 degree temperatures?
It’s still early in the race. The bicycles were only 100 miles apart (they didn’t all start on the same day). For more information, check out their very complete website. You can even pick a racer and follow along. http://www.raceacrossamerica.org/
You just never know what you’re going to encounter on the road!