Mind Over Matter
A team of 8 women are in training for one of the toughest bicycle endurance events in the world, the Race Across America, in June 2019.
The team are the first British female, wounded, injured and sick (WIS) team entry for the race. They have already overcome their own huge personal challenges with life changing conditions amongst them, including paralysis, amputations, spinal-chord injuries, strokes and PTSD. Many of them are either currently serving, or are veterans of the UK military.
The physical and mental challenges that these women have already experienced is a true testament of their ability to overcome personal barriers. They will be supported by 11 crew members from both civilian and serving, or veteran, HM Forces communities.
Following the Leadership Challenges model, developed over the last 5 years, the team will work together to go from the Pacific to the Atlantic Oceans, from Oceanside in California to Annapolis in Maryland, cycling non-stop in shifts over 3,000 miles, crossing 12 states, climbing over 190,000 feet across both the Rockies and the Appalachians, and passing through deserts in temperatures that can reach 45 degrees Celsius.
The objective of this immense challenge for the team will be to re-discover their focus and confidence, creating an environment of inspiration for themselves, their team-mates, for other women who would like to take up cycling as a sport and for anyone who suffers with mental and physical health challenges.
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