I received an email from my buddy Ben Bostrom a few months ago asking if I had any interest in doing the RAAM – the Race Across America. I have actually always had the RAAM on my list of something to try and – and now that I am retired from professional cycling with more time to devote to my Yield to Life organization, created for the purpose of making roads safer for cyclists – I became intrigued. The race is not only touted as the best race in America, but also one of the best platforms for raising money for charitable causes. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t hear about a cyclist injured or killed by a motorist. This is a problem that has a solution. People do not need to die senselessly. This is not a disease. It isn’t a mystery. The solution is obvious: expect to see cyclists on the road and when you do, YIELD TO LIFE. I was nearly killed by an SUV who turned left directly into me. For the countless cyclists injured or killed by motorists, I formed Yield to Life yieldtolife.org - a non profit dedicated to making a safer place for cyclists. So, in thinking about this biking adventure across the country I thought what would be a better way to spread my safety messages throughout the country than being there on the frontlines. Cyclists have even been injured and, worse, killed by motorists during the RAAM itself! This fact cemented my motivation for using this race as a tool for raising awareness and bolstering respect for all life on the road.
When I heard our team named “Legends of the Road,” it sounded about right as I will be riding with the likes of none other than BMX Champion and 24x X Game medalist Dave Mirra, 2x Motocross Champion, Supermoto Champion and Pikes Peak Hill Climb record holder Micky Dymond, and Superbike Champion, Supermoto Champion, and professional mountain bike racer Ben Bostrom. For more information about our team, the video series that will follow our journey, and how you can get involved, check out www.thelegendsoftheroad.com. I think this could end up being harder than the Tour de France. Honestly I’m a bit scared. The sleep deprivation alone will be rough – but I’m excited to push myself to another level.