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A 4,300 mile, all American bike ride

Two men, two bikes, one huge country, 4,300 miles. Meet Alb & Bod.

Hi Alb & Bod, tell us about yourselves – how did you meet?

Just over five years ago we both started Exeter University and signed up to the same football team. Once we realised how awful we were, we decided to live together with most of the team and have been friends since. We’ve endured two years together including several disastrous football seasons, and a graduate holiday to Portugal. We’re the last of our friends to have managed to put off jobs and the real world for one more year, and fancied a final pre-work adventure this summer.

Tell us about the challenge…

On the 14th June 2018, we’ll depart from the east coast of America in Boston and attempt to cycle the width of America, spanning 4,300 miles and finishing on the coast in Seattle. We’re looking to complete the route in 60 days averaging roughly 70 miles each day. We’ll be unsupported for the duration of the trip carrying all of our equipment on the bikes and camping along the way. It’s completely self-funded, Alb has raised money interning in London and practising his cycling for Deliveroo, Bod has been tutoring while at law school.

We realise that it is a once in a life time opportunity to push ourselves both physically and mentally in order to raise money and awareness for a worthwhile cause.

Why are you fundraising for CALM?

We realise that it is a once in a life time opportunity to push ourselves both physically and mentally in order to raise money and awareness for a worthwhile cause. Mental health problems are the great public health challenge of our time.

How will you prepare ?

We’re both fairly active and have cycled across France previously, so have some idea of what 70 miles a day feels like on the saddle (albeit for a much shorter period of time). Alb has been racking up the miles for Deliveroo in Bournemouth, Bod has been (trying) to navigate London’s cycle highways on his way to and from college. Despite best intentions, there will most likely also be a last minute training push when it actually sinks in how far we have to go!

Any highlights  you’re looking forward to?

The journey starts in New England and continues down to Buffalo, across the grasslands of the Great Lake states and through the mountains and Great Plains of the West. We decided to do the northern route to try and avoid miles and miles of desert, however, we did overlook the fact that finishing in Seattle does mean a pretty gruelling climb over the Rocky Mountains during the last stint of the trip. The two obvious highlights are Niagara falls and Yellowstone National Park, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Great Lakes and Boston, Chicago and Seattle too.

We did overlook the fact that finishing in Seattle does mean a pretty gruelling climb over the Rocky Mountains during the last stint of the trip.

 

Any worries or nerves?

We’ve not truly come to terms with the heat and humidity that we’ll come up against. It’s hard to account for when training in London in February. Unsurprisingly the other worry is the distance! When we agreed on the route, it seemed so far away that the width of America was just a cool target to set. The more training we do, the more we realise how far 4,300 miles actually is!

Best of luck to the lads on their epic journey!

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