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Video: Across the USA in 13 minutes with RAAM rider Chris Hopkinson's support crew

The loneliness of the long distance cyclist

What’s it like to follow the world’s longest non-stop bike race? You can get a good feel for it in this 13-minute time-lapse video, shot from the dashboard of Chris Hopkinson’s support vehicle during the Race Across America.

Shooting the video - which comprises a shot every 60 seconds - used two GoPro cameras, as the blistering desert heat cooked one of them.

Hopkinson took 12 days to complete the race so this is very roughly one day per minute.

We especially like the sunrises. and we imagine that after riding right through the night, Chris Hopkinson did too.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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