Trans Am Bike Race 2017

4FEB17   The start of my Journal for TABR 2017.  I signed up for the race this year. Not that I think I have a chance at winning or placing in a respectable spot. It’s more for the adventure and my personal best.

I’ve been a dot watcher since the first year.  Watched “Inspired to Ride” many times.  Read past riders journals and it is all so inspiring.  A chance of a lifetime for most.  So why not?  What else do I have to do?  Might as well take a very long bike ride.

My trusty steed will be my Surly Long Haul Trucker. I’m still debating on Revelate bags or use front Ortlieb panniers in the rear.  I want to pack light but right and be comfortable for the trip.  I removed the drop bars for Wald touring handlebars.  It gives me a upright comfy ride.  I will be adding Aerobars for another hand position. The front rack is the Origin8 Cargo classique rack 14×12.  I plan to carry my camping gear on that and unload most of it in Pueblo Colorado.   I’m still looking around for a bag so I can put my gear in one place.

So here is my bike to date.  I will be loading it and taking some test rides packed up to see how it feels weight wise.  Living in Florida with no hills to climb is a challenge for the mountain ranges.  If I can get my endurance up the rest will come…I hope!

Ignore the lights on there.  It will all change. My friend Jodi Ashley wanted to know if I was going to BBQ for everyone with that front rack!  It’s a thought.




2APR17  Two months to go before the race.  Sad news the other day.  Mike Hall was killed in a car accident during the Indian Pacific Wheel Race.  Just devastating. He was truly an inspiration to so many people around the world.  Mike Dion made the movie “Inspired to Ride”  which was by far inspiring.  Mike went on to win the inaugural Trans Am Bike Race in 2014.  He also won the Tour Divide 2 times and started the Trans Continental Race.  These races are opportunities for anyone to do their personal best.  In the end everyone cheers and encourages everyone involved in the race.  A great community of people to belong to.

So in the meantime I have decided to change up bikes and take my Trek 520.  It has 700cm wheels compared to 26 inch on the surly.  I put 700×28 Schwalbe Marathon plus tires on.  I’m changing the handlebars to Jones H Loop bars with trigger shifters.  When it is complete I will post a picture.  I decided to go with some creature comforts since I know I have no chance of being top ten.  At least I’m a realist.  So I’m taking a 1 man tent.  It’s all about the adventure….right?

#breathsforcorey donations are greatly appreciated.


24APR17  Ok final setup. I decided on the Trek 520 due to the 700cm wheels.  Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700×28, Jones H Loop bar and Brooks b17 saddle.  I will be taking a 1 person tent.  My thought is if I am comfortable and pain free my endurance will be much better.  I’m shooting to complete the Trans Am in less than 45 days.  Ultimate goal would be 30 days.  We shall see.  Then again I may not be back east until February…haaaa!  I crack myself up.


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