Britain's Mike Hall leads new US coast-to-coast Trans Am Bike Race

Round-the-world record holder Juliana Buhring also riding 4,233-mile Oregon to Virginia race

by Simon_MacMichael   June 9, 2014  

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Saturday June 7 saw the start of a new coast-to-coast race in the United States, the Trans AM Bike Race – and British rider Mike Hall is currently in the lead. Unlike the Race Across America (RAAM), the 33rd edition of which starts tomorrow, all of the competitors are riding fully unsupported.

The race covers 4,233 miles from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia, making it almost one and a half times as long as the 3,000-mile RAAM, the first part of the route of which is much further south, starting in Oceanside, California, and ending in Annapolis, Maryland.

No support—or anything else

The rules are simple: "No outside support. No drafting. No entry fee. No prize money," and other than eating out, riders have to carry all of their spares and supplies with them.

A route map that enables you to track the progress of all the competitors in the Trans Am Bike Race can be found on Trackleaders, and there is also a Facebook group for the event as well as a website.

Hall, winner of the inaugural World Cycle Racing Grand Tour in 2012, is one of only two of the 38 men riding to have so far crossed into Idaho, the second of the nine states that feature on the route of the new race.

Buhring's bingle

Five women are also riding the Trans Am Bike Race, among them Julianna Buhring, holder of the Guinness World Record as the first woman to circumnavigate the globe by bike in accordance with the record’s rules.

She’s continuing to ride despite suffering cuts and bruises when she crashed on the second day of the event yesterday.

In a video interview, Buhring said: “It was early morning and the sun just came up right in front of my eyes. I didn’t have my sunglasses on yet so as I crested the hill the sun was Boom! Into my eyes and blinds me.

“And just then there was a giant rock in the middle of the road and we went right into it, The Beast [her bike] and I.

“I think I banged my head because I saw stars and almost passed out. Fortunately there was a car that came right behind and got me off the road because I couldn’t get up or anything, I was a bit stunned for about 10 minutes.

“Then a medic came and checked me out and yeah, [I’m] just really bruised up. I’ve got bruised ribs, a swollen knee. He suggested I go back to hospital in Eugene, but there is no going back – onwards!”

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Mike Hall is a machine. He really does love to be in the saddle (all the time).

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posted by dodgy [135 posts]
9th June 2014 - 17:07

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Great news - good luck to MH for the remaining miles

Sudor

posted by Sudor [183 posts]
9th June 2014 - 20:54

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Looks like Hall lost the lead to Jason Lane last night but has taken it back. Could be an issue with his tracker which seems to not following the course but going in straight lines between points. Maybe he's using an drone Wink

posted by CrankMyChain [1 posts]
10th June 2014 - 17:32

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