Race Across America
Damian will be spending his summer holiday taking part in the Race Across America. As a member of the Sports Cover Strategic Lions Team he will start this 3000 mile epic endurance cycle race on 18th June 2011. The team will be raising money for Help for Heroes and for The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.
In the support team will be Chris Parkinson founder of Parkinson Dental, a Doncaster based quality dental cabinetry makers who are well respected in the industry. 
Damian’s pen picture on the www.teamsportscover.com website states:-
 
Damian Bourke
 
 
Damian is an Orthodontist by day, family man by night... but in the early hours of the morning can be seen lifting weights, swimming, running and stomping on the pedals. Like a lot of the RAAM squad, Damian has to juggle a hectic lifestyle but is determined to make an impact in the teams American challenge in 2011.
 
 
About RAAM
The toughest endurance event in the world, RAAM offers long-distance cyclists the opportunity to challenge themselves to the height of their abilities.  Over 1500 cyclists have completed RAAM since its first edition in 1982.  Winners completing the course in approximately 9 days as a Solo rider and 6 days as a team effort, sometimes sleeping as little as 2 hours per day.  These modern day heroes brave the desert, plains and mountain weather, lead a crew in a mini-organization of support, and raise thousands of dollars for charities around the world.
 
The Race Across America, known as the “world’s toughest bicycle race”, will set over 250 competitors on a 3,000-mile route stretching from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Athletes race continuously day and night, on their own power or sharing the challenge with a team, and a crew of 8 -15 people following in support cars with food and supplies for the race. 
 
These courageous adventurers brave heat, wind, thunderstorms, altitude, the dark of night, fatigue, and sleep deprivation, cross two major mountain ranges, and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. 
 
 
 
 
 
About The Race
The Race Across America is one of the most respected and longest running annual endurance events holding legendary stature the world over. It is one of the pinnacles of sporting accomplishment, globally seen as the highest rung of the endurance sports ladder. Since 1982, RAAM has a rich and storied history standing as a monument to human endeavors.
 
The Race Across America is an event so staggering that merely to finish is, for most, the accomplishment of a lifetime. RAAM inspires everyone that it touches. A monumental race contested with the utmost of sportsmanship and zeal. Truly, RAAM is larger than life. A breeding ground for champions, a testing ground for elite riders and a shining example of the strength of human spirit.
 
RAAM is a Race of Truth
This is a Race. Unlike other famous races, like the Tour de France, RAAM is not a stage race. The race is one stage, live to the very end. In RAAM, once the clock starts on the west coast, the clock doesn't stop until each racer reaches the finish line on the east coast. RAAM is 30% longer than the Tour de France and solo racers finish in half the time with no rest days. The race format is essentially a time trial, commonly called racing against the clock or the race of truth. Unlike the Tour de France, there is no drafting or taking shelter from the wind. It's an all out solo challenge.
 
3,000 Miles
The route is over 3000 miles, touching 14 states and climbing over 100,000 feet. Teams typically cross the country in 6 to 9 days, averaging 350 to over 500 miles per day. Solo racers finish in 9 to 12 days, averaging 250 to 350 miles per day. Teams have a relay format and race 24 hours a day. Solo racers have the challenge of balancing a few hours of sleep each night against race deadlines.

Posted on March 03, 2011

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