That's RAAM or Race Across America and it starts this Saturday June 15th.
RAAM begins in Oceanside, CA and travels 3,000 miles, 170,000 feet of elevation change and the the film crew from epicPLANET.tv will be filming the riders all the way to the end in Annapolis, MD!
For this year's event starting in mid-June, epicPLANET.tv has embedded it's film crew with Team Break the Cycle from Bentonville, Arkansas. This four-person team is riding in support of the Northwest Arkansas Children's Shelter, a private, non-profit organization that provides 24-hour emergency residential care to children who are victims of family violence, neglect and physical and sexual abuse. So far, they've raised over $200,000. WOW!
Team cyclists, Mike Brady, Chip Gibbons, Randy Johnson, and Lori O'Connor will be riding around the clock for approximately seven days supported by a team of 14 dedicated volunteers led by Crew Chief Mark Burson. It's a cyclists dream come true!
EpicPlanet's producer, Allen Jones, is planning to create short videos from RAMM that we will be displaying here to track their progress.
Later this fall epicPLANET plans to produce a number of Indoor Cycling videos & DVDs that chronicle Team Break the Cycle's journey across the USA. I can't wait to show them to my classes, especially the parts where they climb across the Rocky Mountains 🙂
Lots more about RAAM here.
John is a member on the AFS (Association of Fitness Studios) Advisory Council.
Holding certifications from; Schwinn, Heart Zones, Team ICG and Life Time Fitness, John's held regularly scheduled cycling classes between 1998 and 2015 when he moved to Florida.
When the weather permits, you'll find him riding and leading outdoor groups by himself or with his Tandem partner (wife) Amy.