Four years ago the Race Across America attempt didn’t go quite according to plan and so Team CFC are going back to finish what they started in 2018!
RAAM is a race. Starting in Oceanside, California on the West coast of America the four person team will ride 3063 miles non-stop, 24 hours a day until they reach the finish at Annapolis on the East coast of America. The route will take them through 12 States, over the Rockies and Appalachian mountain ranges, taking the total feet climbed to 170,000ft. It's not for the faint hearted, once the clock starts it does not stop until they cross the finish line as a team. It is the world’s longest time trial, the ultimate race of truth.
The riders are Kevin Musgrave (CFC Charity Trustee), Doug McKinnon (Team Member), Caspar Gilroy (Team Member) and Ed Cowell (Team Member). For the entire team the race is personal, however for Kevin it is particularly so. He attempted RAAM in 2018 with CFC and the entire team were cancer survivors. Unfortunately, one of the riders developed sepsis on day two and had to be taken to intensive care for 8 days. The remaining three riders pushed on without him. However, after completing 2,438 miles the organisers told them to stop as there was no way they were going to complete the race within the time limits. Reluctantly the team gave up, only to be told two days later by the organisers that they had got their calculations wrong and the team would have finished about 10 hours inside the deadline! So they're going back to finish the race, although the fight against cancer continues.
The riders may be over the other side of the world but your support will really help to carry them over the finish line. No other race combines the distance, terrain, weather and that tests the team’s spirit from beginning to end like RAAM. It really is a true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie.