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Welcome to the London Pride Spinhalers Race Across America (RAAM) Blog.

The London Pride Spinhalers  are a group of individuals who have been brought together by former Bath & England Rugby International John Hall. We are seventeen in number, four of which are going to be cycling in the 2014 RAAM, generally regarded as the toughest cycle race in the world. The remaining thirteen will be doing all they can to assist them in their aim of completing the 3,000 mile journey as quickly and safely as possible.

The race starts in Oceanside, California on 14th June arriving around 8 or 9 days later on the East Coast in Annapolis, Maryland. The clock does not stop until the team cross the finishing line.

The team are raising money for Asthma UK  hence the name Spinhalers which has a relevance to both the charity and cycling.

Please visit our website and in particular this blog for updates on our sponsors, team preparation, rider training, and get a feel for how this massive logistical and physical task is progressing. Towards the end of this month we will be embarking on a 24 hour run through, somewhere in the New Forest to see how robust out theoretical systems really are!

We are the ONLY UK based 4 man team participating in this years challenge and although we started preparing many months ago, we still have much to do and time is running out. All seventeen team members have paid for their own flights and our generous corporate sponsors have covered the other costs to ensure that all fundraising money goes directly to Asthma UK.

This page will be updated on a regular basis, in particular during the race itself, so please make a note of it and visit from time to time when you have a cup of coffee in your hand and you need a break. For those of you who don’t participate in strenuous activity, I’ll give you warning before I write about the incredible training schedules our riders have undertaken in the last few months! Their commitment to this challenge has been fantastic.

Thanks, on behalf of the London Pride Spinhalers

David Trick

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