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Monday, 27 May 2013

Chris Hopkinson and nine other Brits to take part in gruelling 3,000 mile cycle 'Race Across America'


Leading UK endurance cyclist Chris Hopkinson and nine Brits will take part in the grueling 3,000 mile cycle Race Across America (RAAM). Facing scorching desert, wind swept plains and cold mountain weather many will also raise thousands of pounds for charities. These endurance cyclist will ride coast to coast from Oceanside, California in the west to Annapolis, Maryland in the east.

The teams and solo racers will stop to sleep only when necessary and will be followed by back up teams and support vehicles. RAAM is an extraordinary race that will test the utmost limits of his physical endurance, mental resilience and commitment to a cause. In its 30-year history only 200 people have completed the solo version of the race, less than 10% of the total amount of people that have climbed mt. Everest.
 
Chris Hopkinson cycling in California preparing for RAAM 
Chris ‘Hoppo’ Hopkinson (45) of Richmond, North Yorkshire aims to take back the crown of the fastest British finisher. In 2005 he was the first ever Solo British finisher of RAAM in 11 days 23 hours and 5 minutes. He is returning in 2013 after a period of retirement from endurance cycling. Chris is also the current Ultra Marathon Cycling Association 24hr World Champion, having cycled over 432 miles in Bike Sebring, Florida, USA earlier this year.

On June 11th sees the the start of RAAM with the departure of 41 solo racers from UK and many other countries. They will be followed by 35 teams who depart from the Oceanside start line on June 15th

The two other UK solo riders are:
  • Mark Pattinson (based in the US)
  • Stuart Edwards (Plymouth)
The teams from the UK taking part are the following:
  • Crank Addicts 2 team of James Hamand and Jamie Slaymaker.
  • RAAM Fireflies comprising Ben Williams (Southsea), Harold Evans (London), Thomas Bowering (Marlborough) and David Larcombe (Camberley)
Links to some press coverage about Chris's preparations for RAAM are here:
Daily Star http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/regional/brit-in-3-000-mile-cycle-race-bid-1-5713350
The Guardian http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2013/may/27/briton-worlds-toughest-cycle-race-10-days


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Friday, 10 May 2013

US pilot aims to be youngest to fly around the world

Jack Wiegand is aiming to be youngest pilot to fly around the world. He arrived in Manila, the Philippines on May 25th 2013.  This is the fifth leg of his journey east after traversing North America, the Atlantic, Europe, the Middle East and South Asia.  




Jack Wiegand makes final checks to his aircraft at Fresno Airport, CA, USA


Jack has been working toward this record since his first flight at the age of 13. He left his home in Fresno, California and will head to Japan, the Russian Far East and Alaska.  He piloted his first introductory glider at 13 and on his 14th birthday, he became the youngest pilot in his flying club to solo a glider, At 16, Jack soloed his first single-engine power plane.  He is also supporting two non-profit organisations close to his heart. 


Here is some media coverage of Jack's flight around the world:


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