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  • Michele

    Great stuff Wade. 400 kms a day …

    Love the stories like this that Cycling Tips do; makes it such a great site.

    Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.

  • Wil

    Nice little video

    I’m doing the Transcontinental race in July, pretty similar to the Trans AM but in Europe (bit scary watching the Giro at the weekend going over climbs that I’ll be doing in a month or so!). I concur with his statement about gear, you build a spreadsheet, read reviews, add to the spreadsheet, read more reviews, delete things from the spreadsheet, weigh stuff until it gets to the point where you have to bite the bullet and just try it. I’m at that point now and its all worked out ok so far.

    Di2 is a good choice in my opinion. Just carry a few spare cables as I’ve found these the only weak points. External battery also seems to last much longer than the internal seat post ones. I differ from him on the tyre point though, I’m 28mm GP4000’s all the way. Super comfy and fast

    Anyway, good luck Jesse!

    • Neil

      I love the Transcontinental. It’s one that I’ve always thought maybe one day (knowing full well that it’s highly unlikely). All the best for it. Id love to hear how you get on.

  • Allez Rouleur

    Good luck, Jesse!

    As an American, there are many, many states you’ll be passing through that I’ve never seen. Consider me jealous. Then again, I’ve attended uni at UQ in Brisbane, spent time in Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, so I can’t complain.

    These races must truly test the human will power. I’m 35, I’ll have my Ph.D. in history by next spring. I guess cyclists can be nerds too.

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  • Balvindar

    Very nice Wade and Jesse, thanks for sharing. Super smart bike set-up too. However, not sure how this makes RAAM look “pedestrian.” While both events challenge riders/racers to cross the United States, they are very different venues, with their own, unique, sets of obstacles. Nevertheless, thanks for following Jesse, this will be a great piece of media (and riding!).

    • Hamish Moffatt

      RAAM is 4800km rather than 6772km. RAAM riders have the support van with them at all times for food and mechanical support (and safety), as well as a bed to sleep in, and their teams usually provide motivation over loudspeakers. In contrast the Trans Am rider has to support themselves, sleep in their space blanket as Jesse demonstrated, and motivate themselves. Not that RAAM is in anyway trivial…

      • Balvindar Singh

        Wow, I didn’t even realize how much different the distance is between the two! That’s incredible. Definitely the solo aspect makes this quite a bit more challenging from mental and logistical standpoints. Indeed, RAAM is just a different type of ultra. Can’t wait to see Jesse tackle this and hear his story!

        • Hamish Moffatt

          Although Chrisoph Strasser has won RAAM in under 8 days for the 4800km so the pace is a bit higher!

  • Dan Glastonbury

    I used to race BMX with Jesse in Adelaide back in the ’80s. He was a phenomenal BMXer.

    Best of luck, Jesse. Looks like a great challenge.

    • Here’s a little video of Jesse back in the day doing some rad stuff on the BMX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96aNhnmPvwM

      • Dan Glastonbury

        Wade, appropriate use of rad and a video with music by The Testeagles. That’s some Adelaide in the ’90s flashback.

  • TheBear

    Good luck big fella

  • Hamish Moffatt

    Nice piece guys! Thanks!


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