More Than a Race is about the notorious Race Across America (the RAAM) known as the world's toughest bicycle race. The story tracks a four-man team of septuagenarians who proved that age is no obstacle to superlative performance. Adding to the narrative are the voices of families and crew members, whose perspectives on the racers and crew dynamics enrich the account. Leaving Oceanside CA on June 12, 2012, the team and their hard-working support crew of 15 raced to Annapolis MD in 6 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes, at an average of 19.04 mph. They not only broke the 70+ record by 27 hours, but also bested the 60+ record by more than 3 hours. Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare, the team overcame more than its share of obstacles, including 100-degree desert heat, a hospitalization, fierce Kansas winds, a bike dropped at high speed onto a highway in Illinois, and the final agony of the Appalachian Mountains. More Than a Race is a must-read for all cyclists and armchair adventurers alike.
|Publisher:||Mill City Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A great read. The author strikes a great balance between telling all about the experience of racing across the country and answering the hundreds of questions I would have had about how it is done. Sprinkled throughout the book, at timely intervals, are testimonials from the supporting crew members, providing their perspective and relating their experiences, without which the race could not happen. Best of all, besides really relating the experiences of literally racing all the way across the country, the author delves deep into the mindsets of everyone involved, including loved ones and even members of other teams, in order to understand exactly how they all get through and triumph in what is ultimately a pretty crazy endeavor of extreme endurance challenges. Really great writing.
A wicked good read. Both hardcore bikers and semi-cyclists will enjoy a non-stop ride across the country without the expense, aches and fatigue. All vicariously without leaving the couch. I would have given it 5 starts, but there was no car chase scene.