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Solo Handcyclist Competed in Race Across America
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Solo Handcyclist Competed in Race Across America

This June, three American handcyclists contended in continuance cycling's most overwhelming test, the Race Across America. André Kajlich, a twofold amputee from Edmonds, Washington, was be the main handcyclist to contend in the performance race. Doug Henry and David Baily, both previous expert Motocross racers with paraplegia, paticipated at the four-man Legends of the Road group.

The RAAM names itself "The World's Toughest Bicycle Race" and it has the details to demonstrate it: 3,000 miles crosswise over 12 states with 175,000 feet of aggregate rise pick up. There are no phases in the RAAM. The clock begins when the riders leave Oceanside, California, and doesn't stop until they achieve the end goal in Annapolis, Maryland. Solo riders have a most extreme of 12 days to finish the race, and groups have a greatest of nine days.

Doug Henry and David Baily has add their names to a chosen few handcyclists who crossed the end goal in the group adaptation of the race. In 2009, Vico Merklein, Patrick Doak, Carlos Moleda and Dr. Hannes Koepen turned into the primary handcyclists to finish the race as a major aspect of "Team Can Be Venture". In 2012, Thomas Frühwirth and Manfred Putz increased the trouble by finishing the race as a two man group. Until this year, no performance handcyclist has endeavored the RAAM.

For André Kajlich, to try and meet all requirements for the RAAM was a noteworthy achievement in an athletic vocation that incorporates Ironman World Championships, a US Paratriathlete of the Year grant, and turning into the main wheelchair competitor to finish a Ultraman (twofold the separations of an Ironman). To be qualified to contend in the RAAM solo race, Kajlich needed to finish a handcycle time trial of more than 400 miles in 24 hours. He anticipates that the real race will be something else totally.

"This is a genuine level up from anything," says Kajlich. "Some of that stuff [previous races] has been hard, however … on the off chance that I were to simply attempt to go 12 days on a hour and a half of rest a night, regardless of the possibility that I did nothing throughout the day, it presumably was the hardest thing I've ever done, and here we are covered 3,000 miles in a similar 12 days."


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