Friday, 4 June 2010

Sir Steve Redgrave takes on the "World's toughest bike race"

Training to take on world's toughest bike race - Sir Steve Redgrave & his "Crew"...

It’s 10 years since Steve Redgrave became the most successful ever British Olympian, winning his 5th Gold Medal. In that decade he has continued to inspire millions while raising over £5 million for charity.
Sir Steve's latest challenge is regarded as the toughest endurance race in the world.   Starting on 9th June, Race Across America is a 3,000 mile cycle race crossing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.


Joined by a team of former rowers & friends, the crew of 8 will be riding across 14 States, climb 100,000ft and encounter every extreme of weather.  The Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the endurance sports ladder.  

Unlike other famous bike races, RAAM is not a stage race, just one long stage live to the very end. Teams typically cross the country in 6 to 9 days, averaging 350 to over 500 miles per day. Solo racers finish in 9 to 12 days, averaging 250 to 350 miles per day. Teams have a relay format and race 24 hours a day.  The Sir Steve Redgrave Crew aim to finish in under 9 days and to win their age category.  Just to prove how tought they are, RAAM competitiors face a race 30% longer than the Tour de France and solo racers usually finish in half the time with no rest days.

The Redgrave Crew aim to raise £100,000 - £1 for every foot climbed - for the Steve Redgrave Fund and Sport Relief. The Steve Redgrave Fund uses the power of sport and sporting activity to bring about positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children.


You can follow the "Redgrave Crew" & Sir Steve's progress (& also make a donation) at http://www.redgravecrew.com/




Good luck to all in the Redgrave Crew!
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