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Times are a bit different in the summer of 2020, so I was reminiscing about this time three years ago.

Three years ago I was part of a four man team in the Race Across America.
The journey to the start line was long. Months of sacrifice, and costs that I still shudder to think about. Training on a turbo trainer up to six hours a day in a one bed apartment in London. And then, the flight to Vegas, and on to San Diego, before finally getting to Oceanside, California.
It doesn’t matter where in the world I am, I want to check out the local bike shops! That’s my bike getting fettled for some minor niggle after rebuilding it after the flights.
This was the RV. You can see one of our crew showcasing the only crew berth. In the back was a double bed, which two of the four riders would take. We lay towels on the bed as we’d be drenched in sweat. The heat was so bad in some parts that we would get even hotter in the RV than out! At the hottest point, when the temperature gauge topped over 50c, the tarmac was so hot it melted a bike tyre.
Kit check. EVERYTHING had to be regulation, labelled, and checked. Bikes laid out. RV and minivan inspected. Right down to helmets and shoes. If we didn’t get passed, we didn’t ride.
But ride we did! In the summer of 2017, we set off on the tightest bike race in the world.

Whatever you’re doing to keep sane and healthy during lockdown, keep it up.

Stay strong

GeekintheHills

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