HUNTSVILLE - The hilly roads around Muskoka have produced another challenger for the ultra-endurance, continent crossing, continuous bike ride, the Race Across America.
Jason Lane, a graduate of Huntsville High School, trains for the upcoming Race Across America by cycling Ravenscliffe Road this weekend.
In June, Huntsville High School graduate Jason Lane will attempt to complete the almost 3,000 mile (4,811 km) route from Oceanside California to Annapolis Maryland, and he only has 12 days to do it.
Riding in the solo men’s category, he will push himself to average 23 hours of cycling each day, with the goal of finishing in 10 days and setting a Canadian record.
“Only five Canadians have finished RAAM in the solo category. It will be an accomplishment to finish, and if my training and preparations continue to go well, then maybe (I’ll get) the Canadian record or top rookie finisher.”
Huntsville cyclist Caroline van den Bulk has also attempted to complete RAAM three times.
“I knew Jason was doing the RAAM qualifier race, Adirondack 540, and when I heard he won the race and how he won by a 4-hour margin, I didn’t hesitate to be on his crew for RAAM,” says returning area resident Rob Edmonstone.
As one of six crew members, Edmonstone will be focused on mechanical assistance, having previously worked in the bike shop at Algonquin Outfitters, Huntsville.
Lane will follow van den Bulk’s path during her 2008 RAAM attempt. “We learned from watching Caroline in the movie, from vehicle setup to rider interaction; some things we liked, others we will likely do differently,” adds Edmonstone, in reference to local area videographer, Virginia Hastings’ documentary Labour of Love.
In early May, Lane and Edmonstone will meet in Huntsville to rebuild Lane’s bike and exercise the routine of supporting Lane while riding.
“Jason got a new bike last summer and since November has been averaging over 2000 km a month in training. The bike is in need of some TLC,” said Edmonstone. “We are very fortunate to have support from Algonquin Outfitters, which will enable us to rebuild the bike before the race and have all the extra gear to do repairs out on the road during the race.”
You can follow Lane’s preparations and progress during the race at www.teamhammerfest.com.