If you've ever been curious about the the most extreme event in ultra distance cycling--the Race Across America (RAAM) you won't want to miss our next meeting at Auburn Bike Works!
Dave Kees. an outstanding local cyclist has done it a number of times and will be there to tell us about this amazing event, how he prepares, what he's experienced, and much more. Dave is a very personable and entertaining speaker. I've known Dave for many years, heard some of these incredible stories and know you'll be as amazed as I am.
For those who aren't familiar with this race:
The RAAM is 3000+ miles from the Pacific coast to Atlantic in what Outside magazine has called "the toughest test of endurance in the world".
The intro to Amy Snyder's book "Hell on Two Wheels" describes the race this way: "Unlike it's more famous cousin, the Tour de France, RAAM cyclists don't race in stages spread across several weeks. Once the starting gun goes off on the Pacific coast the first racer to complete the 3000 mile course and reach Annapolis, Maryland is the victor. Most competitors manage two or three hours of sleep each day while the leaders get by on 90 minutes--or less. Sleep deprivation leads many to hallucinate, often for hours on end. All of them suffer from nightmarish physical ailments, including life-threatening respiratory emergencies, muscle failure, nerve damage and heat stroke."
Sounds like fun doesn't it? But before you send in your entry you'll want to hear Dave's experiences. So plan on joining us in February.