Have you ever wanted to ride your bicycle from California to Maryland? And do it in 7 days? Michael Falk, husband of Palm Beach Police Foundation board member, Annie Falk, wanted to Race Across America and assembled a team of 4 riders and a top crew of 14 people who became the Planagenets. He funded the team effort to participate in a Race Across America. The riders included Michael Falk, Chris Huffman, Robert O'Sullivan and Chad Wilkinson. Our own Vice President Emeritus & Co-Founder, Tim Moran, served as the Crew Chief and coordinated the entire trip. The planning and training started months ago! The team started the Race Across America in Oceanside, California and made it to Annapolis, Maryland in 7 Days 14 hours and 7 minutes! The team also finished 1st Place in their Age Group Division! Congratulations!
Race Across America is one of the longest and toughest endurance cycling events in the world. In 1982, RAAM began with four solo riders with teams being added in 1994. But make no mistake, RAAM is a race. The course is about 30% longer than the Tour de France and riders must finish in half the time allowed for the Tour. Not only that, this race is open to professional cyclists and to amateurs as well. Cyclists come from all over the world to compete in RAAM making it an extremely competitive field of athletes.
The course for this race covered over 3,144 miles, crossed 12 states and had a vertical ascent of over 170,000 feet. Teams raced non-stop 24 hours a day regardless of Tropical Storm Cindy's relentless and driving rains, risk of illness, extreme heat in the desert, darkness, or fear of misdirection with the hopes of finishing in 7 days or less. The Plantagenets did it and ended the race in 1st place!
You might be wondering how many athletes race RAAM. Not many. The Plantagenets came away with an achievement to last a lifetime and for them that means not only an athletic achievement but also one for the charitable community. The Plantagenets started the race with a goal to raise money for charity and selected The Palm Beach Police Foundation as one of their charities here in the Palm Beaches. The Plantagenets raised over $400,000. Thank you!
To view photos from the finish line, click here.