Olympic rower James Cracknell is well known for his epic challenges: he's completed the Marathon Des Sables, raced to the South Pole and rowed, cycled and swam from the UK to Morocco in aid of Sport Relief. Yesterday the keen cyclist set out on another gruelling adventure: to cycle, run, row and swim across the North American continent in just 18 days.
His 3,600 mile trip will mostly be completed by bike and 2,500 miles of it will be along the famous Route 66 highway, but there's an 80-mile run in Death Valley, 265 miles of rowing across Lake Erie and a final 15-mile swim to the Statue of Liberty thrown in for good measure.
James is sponsored by Merida and will be using a variety of bikes for the 2,500 mile long bike leg due to the varied terrain and road conditions of Route 66. The majority of the time will be spent on a TimeWarp time trail machine but he'll be breaking out the Scultura Evo for the more mountainous sections. The crew will also be taking along a super light O.Nine mountainbike for a 30 mile section of Route 66 which is not rideable on a road bike.
To get a better idea of just how difficult an agenda James has set himself this time around, here's his 18-day schedule (beginning Thursday 15th July).
Day Event Location Distance 1 Cycle Santa Monica Pier, CA 263 miles 2 Run Death Valley, CA 80 miles 3 Cycle Jubilee Pass, CA 250 miles 4 Cycle Kingman, AZ 250 miles 5 Cycle Holbrook, AZ 250 miles 6 Cycle Albuquerque, NM 250 miles 7 Cycle Amarillo, TX 250 miles 8 Cycle Oklahoma City, OK 250 miles 9 Cycle Tulsa, OK 250 miles 10 Cycle Springfield, MO 250 miles 11 Cycle St. Louis, MO 250 miles 12 Cycle Indianapolis, IN 250 miles 13 Row Toledo, OH 85 miles 14 Row Cleveland, OH 100 miles 15 Row Erie, PA 80 miles 16 Cycle Buffalo, NY 250 miles 17 Cycle Binghamton, NY 250 miles 18 Swim Manhattan, NY 15 miles
The challenge is being featured on the Discovery Channel in October, and you can also keep up to date with James' progress live via his Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/JamesCracknell. We'll keep you updated here at road.cc too. Best of luck James!
Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.