Race Across North Dakota

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I’ve been brainstorming a lot lately about near-impossible bike feats that can be taken on in a single day, point-to-point rides that challenge both mind and body. After considering some more distant locales, I settled on a nearby route that may be the greatest challenge yet – the entire state of North Dakota in a single day ! At 350 miles across, I don’t know if it’s even possible, but as long as I’m coordinating the logistics for myself, I figure I might as well throw it out there to see if anyone else is crazy enough to attempt it with me. The plan is to set aside a weekend in late June or early July when the days are the longest. Once the weekend is established, I’d wait until a couple days before do decide what day to attempt it – either that Saturday or Sunday. A Saturday ride would require a Friday evening departure, and a Sunday ride would require a Saturday departure. Obviously, we’d choose whatever day has the better tail wind. Either way, the plan would be to gather in Fargo the day before, and drive to the state line where we’d set up camp. I’ll need to coordinate a support driver to serve as a sag-wagon. While I’m advertising this as a “race” I anticipate hanging together for at least the first half of the ride. Even with tailwinds, drafting may be necessary to complete this in under 24 hours. While my adventures are typically “open invite”, this one is not. There will be a support van to pick up people who bonk, but I only have room for 5 or 6 people in my adventure van so I want to bring the people who stand the best chance of finishing this with me. Maybe you’re one of them? If so, let me know what weekend works in your schedule. I bought a 12 passenger van a while back for adventures like this so I’ll take care of logistics. I might just look for 30 or 40 bucks from each racer to cover gas, camping, and meals for my support driver.

 

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