The long and unwinding road across the desert Southwest — Micky Dymond in the saddle. As of Thursday, the team has passed the 2000 mile mark.

The Race Across America, or RAAM, is a rare form of torture and possibly the toughest bicycle race in the world. Starting on the beach in Oceanside, California, RAAM spans 3000 miles, climbs 175,000 feet, crosses 12 states and finishes in Annapolis, Maryland. The event is challenged by both professional and amateur riders who compete solo or in 2-, 4- or 8-rider relay teams.

Doug Henry.

Luckily, MXA guys Jimmy Mac served as part of their pit crew for the first 1000 miles (and John Perry is going all the way)— here are some of Jimmy Mac’s photos. You can see more at www.jimmymacontwowheels.com.

David Bailey seems to be enjoying himself.

The Legends of the Road team. Photo: Jen Magnuson

The four former motocross champions who have teamed together to take on RAAM, have traveled almost 2000 miles (and are closing in on St. Louis, Missouri). Competing under the name Legends of the Road, but really Legends of the Dirt, the four riders (David Bailey, Micky Dymond, Doug Henry and Jeff Ward) are trading off stints—with Micky and Jeff competing on conventional bicycles, while David and Doug are using Dan-Gurney-designed recumbent bikes that are propelled using the rider’s arms.

Jeff Ward getting ready to take over for his next leg.

Where they are and where they will be.

You can track the Legends of the Road progress by clicking here. This map will show your there current position, distance traveled, average speed and check points If you are close to where the riders will be passing, go cheer them on. A little encouragement goes a long way.


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