Cross Country Bike Ride

9 years 7 months 1 week ago June 15, 2007 Jun 15, 2007 Friday, June 15 2007 Friday, June 15, 2007 11:03:49 PM CDT in News

First place cyclist Juri Robic From Slovenia rolled through Jefferson City. The Capital is a mandatory checkpoint for the race across America. Robic  Has slept only six hours since Sunday.

"Everyday for nine days, as hard and as long as you can, until you collapse. You get back up and do it again, that's what these guys and gals are doing," Dan Miller, time station manager, said.

Miller set up the checkpoint with other volunteers. Volunteers who will work through Sunday night. Time station number 33 is a mandatory checkpoint for cyclists. The last section was in Camdenton, Missouri, a 60 mile ride.

"It's just how fast they can go for so long.This is like 1,700 or 1,800 miles into the race and they're still going faster than the average person can go!" Jim Groff, Race official, explained.

Groff says the cycling crews deal with mental stress as much as the bikers deal with physical stress. Both crews and bikers appreciate a welcoming crowd. The race totals three-thousand miles. It began last Sunday in Oceanside, California and will end early next week in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  

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