The Ride

The course snakes it’s way through the heartland of the U.S., beginning at the Manhattan Beach Pier in Manhattan Beach, California on Sunday May 8th, (ceremonial wheel dip in the Pacific Ocean), and finishes 49 days later on Friday, June 23rd, at Revere Beach, in Revere, Massachusetts (ceremonial wheel dip in Atlantic Ocean).

The stats:

Total miles: 3400+

Average miles per day: 79

43 riding days, 5 rest days, 49 days total

15 states visited

Total climbing: 107,000+ ft (or almost 4 Mt. Everest’s)

The ride is actually a bicycle tour organized by CrossRoads Cycling Adventures ( I will be one of a group of ~24 cyclists crossing the country. The tour company handles all the routing, lodging, transportation of luggage, SAG support while on the road, and a ton of miscellaneous things.

For more information on the ride, visit CrossRoads Cycling Adventures

My Bike

I’ll be riding a Specialized Allez Comp model, which I purchased in 2005-ish. It is an aluminum frame with Shimano shifting hardware. The crank is a 50/34 and the cassette is an 11-32. The saddle is a Selle Italia SLR SuperFlow model, which is the most comfortable* saddle I’ve ever used. (*comfort is a relative term, considering it IS a bicycle seat!). I use a Garmin 830 cycling computer and a Garmin InReach Mini satellite tracking device.