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10Jul2012

Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012 – Blog update

The team are all back in the UK following the Race Across America 2012. Unfortunately Chris was unable to complete the race due to an error made in the race time calculations. Chris and the team were battling 40+ degree heat in the Californian deserts in the first two days of the race and were clocking up a good time.

 

 

Due to a timing error, Chris was told that he needed to increase the pace at which he was riding. The pace was increased to approximately 18-20 mph, which in the desert heat soon took it’s toll. It was at this point that the heat got a bit too much for him. He had unfortunately managed to get himself dehydrated by not taking on enough fluids due to the increased work rate. Because of this he had to stop to receive medical attention from the support crew. Whilst stopped to recover the team were working out how long Chris had to make the next checkpoint, they had calculated that he wouldn’t now make the next time check point and as such he should withdraw from the race. Although extremely disappointed, Chris took on this advice and withdrew from the race.

 

Only after the formal withdrawal was it realised that the calculations were some 12 hours out and he had in fact had ample time to make the next checkpoint and all the extra ehxaustion was in vain. As you can imagine he and the team were bitterly disappointed after all the hard work and preparations. They decided to carry on with the route set out even if they were no longer in the race so that at least he could provide some good photos for his sponsors jerseys going across America.

 

 3,000 miles in 10 days across 12 states

300 miles a day burning up to 18,000 calories

5 hours sleep and on the saddle for 17+ hours a day to achieve the target distance

170,000 feet – Total climb across the course

 

 

After a lot of thought Chris has decided that he will once again take on the Race Across America but probably not for a couple of years to allow him to get together a good team and the support and sponsorship necessary to make it a successful second attempt. We would like to congratulate Chris on his great British spirit by carrying on regardless and wish him all the luck in his next attempt.

 

      Well done Chris!

 

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13Jun2012

The Race Across America starts today . . .

The team are all in Oceanside, California in over 100F heat ready for the Race Across America 2012 to begin at 12pm Pacific Time.

Our solo rider, Chris Armishaw has passed all the initial checks and tests for both the bikes, himself and the support crew (of which our Director David Myers and his sSon James are a part of). We will be keeping this blog up to date with all the latest information as and when we have it available. I can also highly recommend the Racing Team Essex blog for more up to date information from the support crew on the road:

http://racingteamessex.blogspot.co.uk/

We hope that in 10 days time we be the first to congratulate Chris on successfully completing the challenge of 3,000 miles across America in under the 12 days allowed, this is no mean feat.

Chris and the support team have been helped greatly by several large sponsors (first4commercial.com being one of these) and without this he wouldn’t have been able to take on this great challenge. He will have to tread a fine line between sleep and cycling to achieve his goal as he will be in the saddle up to 18 hours a day. All the way along he will be supported by the Human Performance Unit from the University of Essex who will keep an eye on his calorie intake and nutrition along with all the necessary health checks along the route.

Good luck Chris and see you at the finish line . . .

3,000 miles in 10 days across 12 states

300 miles a day burning up to 18,000 calories

5 hours sleep and on the saddle for 17+ hours a day to achieve the target distance

170,000 feet – Total climb across the course

15May2012

Sponsoring the Race Across America 2012

Race Across America 2012

Things are really hotting up with preparations for the Race Across America 2012.

Chris Armishaw, our rider has been busy this weekend competing in another bike race in the Lake District as part of his training. He managed the 145 mile race and achieved a top 30 finish despite the 20, 25 & 33% gradients.

The team are putting the final preparations together for their June departure with the Winnebago all booked and flights arranged. We will keep this blog updated with progress updates as the team gear up to the start of the race.

You can sponsor Chris and find more information here www.first4commercial.com/race-across-america

Chris will be at the Colchester, Stanway Sainsburys store this Friday 18th & Saturday 19th May raising funds and he will be at the Chelmsford Springfield Sainsburys store the weekend after that too. Why not pop along to show your support?

 3,000 miles in 10 days across 12 states

300 miles a day burning up to 18,000 calories

5 hours sleep and on the saddle for 17+ hours a day to achieve the target distance

170,000 feet – Total climb across the course

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